Women's Basketball Set For UCLA, UC Irvine

Keitra Wallace

Nov. 9, 2013

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THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Pepperdine women's basketball team has a pair of contests on the docket for this week, heading to UCLA on Monday and then hosting UC Irvine Thursday. Monday's game at UCLA is at 2 p.m., while the Waves' home opener against the Anteaters is scheduled for 7 p.m.

COVERAGE: Audio of Monday's game and video of Thursday's home opener will be broadcast live on WaveCasts with Josh Perigo on the call. Links for WaveCasts and live stats will be available at PepperdineSports.com. Seattle will also provide video and live stats via goseattleu.com.

TICKETS: Tickets for Thursday's home game are available at the door and cost $8 for adults and $5 for Alumni, Children, Seniors(65+) and Students. Pricing is the same for all women's basketball home games.

FOLLOW AND LIKE WAVES WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Be sure and join Pepperdine's growing communities on Facebook and Twitter. Follow and like the Waves today. Facebook: Pepperdine Women's Basketball / Twitter: @PEPPWBKB

HOOPS EXTRA: Pepperdine is providing more insider content to its fans this season via the Hoops Extra basketball blog, which can be accessed at www.pepperdinesports.com/hoopsextra.

MOBILE APP: Pepperdine Athletics has launched a mobile app for iPad, iPhone and Android users. The app is free to download and features live scoring updates, news stories, on-demand video, photo galleries and much more. A subscription platform is also available to watch live video of home games. Go to your app store and search for "Pepperdine Athletics."

HOW THEY MATCH UP: UCLA owns a 15-3 lead in the all-time series against the Waves, winning the most recent matchup 77-46 in 2012. The Waves last defeated the Bruins in 2008, getting a 91-79 win at home. Against the Anteaters Pepperdine leads the series 20-11, most recently, though, UCI won 81-75 on the road in 2010. The Waves had won 10 straight meetings between the teams before that, a streak that dated back to 1990.

Ryan Weisenberg ERA: The start of the 2013-14 season marks the opening of the Ryan Weisenberg era at Pepperdine. Weisenberg has made stops on the professional, collegiate and prep level during his coaching tenure, most recently coaching the Manawatu Jets in the New Zealand National Basketball League. Weisenberg has also spent time on the staffs of the Los Angeles Lakers and Sparks, winning a total of five titles with the teams from 2000-05. He is the sixth coach in program history.

SEASON OPENER: Pepperdine opened the season with a big road win over defending WAC Champions Seattle on Nov. 8. The Waves won 84-73 behind a balanced attack that included five players in double figures, 16 points from Bria Richardson, a double-double from Tessa Emerson and 60 percent shooting for the game. The 84 points scored by the waves eclipsed last season's best point total of 83.

THE ROAD AHEAD: The Waves play six of their seven games in the month of November on the road, including a three game trip through the Northwest and Great Plains, facing South Dakota State (Nov. 21), Wyoming (Nov. 23) and Oregon (Nov. 25). Pepperdine finishes the month at Long Beach State (Nov. 30). Seven of the team's 11 non-conference contests are away from the friendly confines of the Firestone Fieldhouse. West Coast Conference play doesn't kick off until Dec. 28, when Pepperdine heads to San Diego.


Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men's sports - one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that's given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation's most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.



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