Pepperdine Travels to Seattle to Battle Washington
Waves Tackle Huskies Tuesday Night
Nov. 26, 2012
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine travels to the Pacific Northwest to take on Washington Tuesday, November 27 in the Bank of America Arena in Seattle. It is the second Pac-12 opponent for the Waves this season. The Huskies are off to a 3-1 start to the 2012-13 campaign.
COVERAGE: Fans unable to make it to the Emerald City can check out the game streamed live online via WaveCasts. Gametracker will provide live statistics for all home events at the official cyberspace home for Pepperdine Athletics, PepperdineSports.com. Ismael Loya will have the call for the Waves and Huskies.
GAME SIX - AT WASHINGTON: Tuesday (Nov. 27) at the Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Wash.: Pepperdine (2-3) at Washington (3-1) at 7:00 p.m.
LAST MEETINGS: UW 67, at Pepperdine 53 (12/3/08); Pepperdine 74, at UW 56 (12/4/07); at UW 71, Pepperdine 59 (3/19/04 - WNIT, First)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: UW leads 3-1/UW won 1
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:
Internet Audio: Yes - PepperdineSports.com (WaveCasts)
GameTracker: Yes - PepperdineSports.com
Opponent Official Website: GoHuskies.com
LAST GAME FOR UW: Washington 60, at Wisconsin 55 (11/21/12)
LAST TIME VS. THE HUSKIES: Washington avenged a home loss with a road 67-53 win at Pepperdine. Miranda Ayim paced the Waves offensively with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Taylor Smith added 11 points and seven rebounds. Sami Whitcomb was the game’s high-point scorer with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Kristi Kingma and Michelle Augustavo also scored in the double-digits for the Huskies with 14 and 12 points respectively.
- Washington has used just eight players this season.
- Four starters average double-digit scoring, led by Jazmine Davis (18.5)
- The Huskies have received just eight points off their bench in 2012-13
WAVES VS. HUSKIES – SERIES NOTES
- Pepperdine squares off against Washington for the fifth time in program history in a series dating to the 1992-93 season.
- The Waves trail the all-time series 1-3, with the lone win coming in Seattle in a 74-56 victory (12/4/07).
- Pepperdine dropped the last meeting against the Huskies 67-53 at Firestone Fieldhouse (12/3/08).
- The first meeting between the two teams came in a 84-64 loss in the Paradise Classic in Honolulu (12/20/92).
- The two teams met in the 2004 WNIT postseason in Seattle, with the Huskies taking a 71-59 first round win (3/19/04).
- This is the second of three games against Pac-12 opponents for Pepperdine in 2012-13. The Waves fell at USC (65-56) and host UCLA December 28.
WAVES AGAINST THE PAC-12: Pepperdine owns an 11-63 overall record against current members of the Pac-12 Conference. The Waves have posted wins against all Pac-12 opponents including Stanford, but are still searching for their first wins against Cal (0-6), Colorado (0-3) and USC (0-19). Pepperdine has never played Oregon or Utah.
EARLY RETURN(ERS): Pepperdine returns just .275 of its scoring offense from the 2011-12 season. The Waves returners have already shown signs of being able to step up offensively.
- After just five games, four Waves eclipsed their 2011-12 scoring output - Grace Leah Baughn (24-8), Tessa Emerson (25/21), Bria Richardson (24-14) and Ea Shoushtari (47-22).
- Returning Waves account for .903 of the total offense so far (298 points), averaging 59.6 points per game.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 2012-13 BULLETS
- After just five games, Waves are averaging 9.8 steals per game and have forced 22.0 turnovers per contest.
- Pepperdine dished 20 assists in its season-opening 83-68 win at UC Davis (11/9/12).
- Waves are shooting better from 3-point range .405 (34-84) than overall from the field .383 (116-303).
- In five games, Pepperdine has scored 98 points (19.6 ppg) off turnovers.
- Robie Mayberry needs two points and 19 rebounds to match her scoring (75) and rebounding (56) output from last season. Mayberry appeared in 17 games for the Waves in 2011-12.
- Shay Cooney-Williams had 18 assists last season in 29 games. This season the senior guard has 21 in five contests.
- Ea Shoushtari eclipsed her 2011-12 point tally (22) in just two games, averaging 12.5 ppg. The sophomore guard played in 28 2011-12 games.
- Despite losing nearly 75 percent of its scoring from a year ago, Pepperdine is averaging 66.0 points per game.
THANKSGIVING CLASSIC RECAP: Pepperdine hosted its first tournament since 2008-09, welcoming Seton Hall, South Dakota and Wyoming to Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves marched to the championship game before falling to Wyoming.
- Pepperdine opened with a convincing 70-54 victory against South Dakota, led by 14 points each from Robie Mayberry and Ea Shoushtari.
- The Waves bowed to Wyoming in the title game 72-50.
- Pepperdine forced 21 Cowgirl turnovers and committed a season-low six, but shot a season-worst .286 (18-63) from the field
- Mayberry and Tessa Emerson earned all-tournament honors for Pepperdine.
- Pepperdine posted a positive team assist/turnover ratio of 15.0/10.5
- The Waves starting backcourt of Ea Shoushtari and Shay Cooney-Williams committed just four turnovers in 110 combined minutes of playing time.
CALL ME MAYBE(RRY): Robie Mayberry (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd HS) leads Pepperdine in scoring (14.6) and rebounds (7.4) this season.
- Mayberry rates second in field goal (.426) and free throw percentage (.900)
- Waves leader in scoring three times; rebounding four times
- Reached double-digit scoring in four contests
- Career-high 10 rebounds vs. South Dakota (11/23/12)
- Robie Mayberry turned in her first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against South Dakota (11/23/12). The 10 rebounds were a career-high and tied for the most by a Wave this season.
- Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) turned in the first double-double of her Pepperdine career with a 14-point, 10-rebound effort at USC (11/18/12). The 10 boards were a career-high and tied for the most by a Wave this season.
UP NEXT FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine travels southeast to take on Arkansas Sunday, Dec. 2 in its final non-conference road game.
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GETTING IT STARTED IN STYLE: Since game-by-game records started being kept prior to the 1976-77 campaign, Pepperdine owns a 22-15 record in season openers. After upending UC Davis 83-68 on the road, the Waves have won five of their last six season debuts. The only blemish was a 89-57 decision at perennial national power Tennessee to kick off the 2011-12 campaign.
POLL PROGNOSTICATIONS: Pepperdine was picked to finish fifth in the 2012-13 West Coast Conference Coaches Poll. The Waves did not have a selection on the preseason all-WCC team.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY: 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 enrollment and is the only school not associated with a BCS conference. 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 No. 54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.