Waves Close Road Swing With Oregon, Long Beach State

Ryan Weisenberg

Nov. 24, 2013

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THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Pepperdine women’s basketball team wraps up its three game, seven day road trip this week, playing at Oregon on Monday (7 p.m.) before heading back to Southern California for a matchup with Long Beach State on Saturday (2 p.m.).

COVERAGE: Video and livestats for Monday’s game at Oregon will be available via goducks.com. Audio for Saturday’s game will be available on WaveCasts with Josh Perigo on the call.

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 W Bball / 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: Pepperdine and Oregon have met three times in the schools’ histories (all in the 1980’s) with the Ducks holding a 2-1 lead in the series. The Waves won the most recent matchup, taking a 67-66 victory in Malibu in 1987. Pepperdine and LBSU have faced off 13 times with the 49ers holding a 10-3 lead in the all-time series. Most recently the Waves scored a 69-42 victory in 2006. Oregon finished last season 4-27 and 2-14 in the Pac-12, ending up 14th in the conference standings. The 49ers went 16-16 overall in 2012-13 and finished fifth in the Big West with a 9-9 record.

CAREER YEARS: Bria Richardson and Ea Shoushtari have opened the 2013-14 season on a tear thus far, with each player setting new career highs. Richardson opened the year with a career-high 16 points against defending WAC Champion Seattle and then exploded for 25 points against UCLA just a game later. The junior guard’s previous career high had been 12 points, which she put up a year ago also against Seattle. Shoushtari had a breakout game the Waves’ last time out, posting 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists against UC Irvine. All three totals were career bests for the junior, whose previous career high was 19 points against St. Mary’s.

X-FACTOR: Keitra Wallace has been the Waves’ x-factor so far this season, going for better than 15 points and five rebounds in each of the team’s wins. Wallace opened the season with 15 points and nine rebounds in Pepperdine’s 84-73 win over Seattle and then put up 17 and five in the Waves’ 76-59 victory over UC Irvine. In the team’s losses, the junior wing had nine, six and nine points, averaging 3.2 points less than her season average and just half of what she averages in the team’s wins (16.0 ppg). Wallace is the third leading scorer on the team, averaging 11.2 points per game.

ROUGH ROAD: In the Waves’ two games away from the West Coast, the shooting percentages have been flipped from what they are in Southern California with Pepperdine shooting below 40 percent (37.2 percent) away from home and opponents shooting well above (45.8 percent). Out west the Waves shoot a solid 48.1 percent and opponents shoot 37.1 from the field. Opponents on the road have also hit seven more three pointers and made 16 more free throws.

WCC NOTES: The Waves’ 43.9 percent shooting clip is currently third in the WCC and the team’s 70.7 percentage from the foul line is also third in the league through early non-conference play. Bria Richardson is fourth in the conference with 17.8 points per game and her 4.2 assists are good for sixth. Amanda Lovely’s 53.8 percent shooting is sixth in the conference.

ROTATION NUMBERS: Pepperdine has seven players averaging better than 20 minutes per game and a total of 11 players who have seen action so far this year. Allie Green leads the team in minutes off the bench and Bria Richardson has a team high 34.2 mpg.

2013-14 ROSTER: This year’s roster does not feature a single senior. There are five juniors, six sophomores (two of whom will have to sit out due to transfer rules) and a pair of freshmen in the fold for the 2013-14 season.

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.

THE EARLY ROAD: 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.

CAMPUS LIFE PROJECT: In May 2011, Pepperdine launched The Campaign for Pepperdine, the largest fundraising campaign in the University’s history. The goal is to raise $450 million to support the Campus Life Project, which will benefit the entire campus. The key piece for Athletics is a new, state-of-the-art, 5,000-seat University Events Center, which will replace Firestone Fieldhouse as the Waves’ home. The project has been approved by the County of Los Angeles and the California Coastal Commission, so the biggest step remaining before the arena can be built is fundraising.

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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