Women's Hoops Tips-off Season On Saturday Against Love And Basketball

Oct. 30, 2003

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With the temperatures dropping and the leaves changing, it only means one thing--it's that time of year.

The Pepperdine women's basketball team will jump start the 2003-04 season by hosting Love And Basketball on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Firestone Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. The game will be the first of two exhibition games scheduled for the Waves before they open up their non-conference schedule against Stanford on Nov. 21 in Malibu.

Heading the list of returning players is senior guard Shandrika Lee, who was having an All-American-type season before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in the 11th game of the season that sidelined her for the remainder of the year.

Over the course of the last six years, Pepperdine has compiled an overall record of 128-56 (.696), finished either first or second in the West Coast Conference (WCC) five times, won three outright regular-season titles and made five consecutive post-season appearances, including three NCAA Championships showings.

Once again, Pepperdine has assembled an impressive non-conference schedule that includes five teams that reached last year's NCAA Tournament, including home contests against defending national champion Connecticut and Stanford. The Waves will also host two tournaments Yellow Book Turkey Shootout & Malibu Beach Classic during the season. The Yellow Book Turkey Shootout includes Oklahoma, which competed in the NCAA Tournament a year ago and the Malibu Beach Classic includes Texas Christian, which reached the NCAA Tournament last season. The Waves will also play a home game against NCAA participant Michigan State (December 17) and a road contest against Texas Tech (Dec. 14).

In the 2003 WBCA/Summerville RPI rankings released last week, Pepperdine earned a respectable No. 44 position based on its non-conference schedule and a No. 86 position overall. Both rankings were compared to 324 total NCAA Division I universities.

Next up for the Waves is Nunewading Spectres (Australia) on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m.



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