Waves Take on UC Santa Barbara at Home, UC Riverside on the Road
The Waves come home after playing six of their last seven games on the road.
Dec. 2, 2013
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Pepperdine women's basketball heads back home for a matchup against UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and then travels to Riverside to face UC Riverside on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The Waves come home after playing six of their last seven games on the road. Tuesday's game is Pepperdine's first at home since Nov. 14.
COVERAGE: Video and livestats for Tuesday's game against UCSB will be available on WaveCasts and audio of Friday's contest in Riverside will also be available on WaveCasts. Josh Perigo will be on the call for both games. Live stats will be available on pepperdinesports.com on Tuesday and gohighlanders.com on Friday.
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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: Tuesday will be the 30th meeting between Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara, with the Waves holding a 16-13 lead in the all-time series. The Gauchos won the most recent meeting, 54-44 in Santa Barbara in 2011. The Waves had won three straight over UCSB prior to the 2011 game. Pepperdine owns an 11-3 advantage over the Highlanders, with UCR winning the teams' game in 2013, 79-71. Both opponents are 3-3 so far this year. UCR most recently got a win over Nicholls at the Great Alaska Shootout and has defeated one WCC team in Santa Clara. UCSB has also downed Santa Clara this year, but most recently lost to San Diego State.
NOT SO GREEN: Allie Green showed she's getting comfortable in her prominent role on the team's offense even as a freshman, putting up big numbers last week. Green led the Waves with 19.5 points per game, shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from 3-point territory. Green put up 12 points against Oregon and then followed that with a career and season high 27 points against Long Beach State. Against the 49ers Green shot 10-of-19 from the field and hit 4-of-6 threes. The freshman guard also totaled 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks on the week. Green is the team's third leading scorer averaging 10.9 points per game so far this season and hauling in 4.1 rebounds per contest.
SPREADING THE PRODUCTION: The Waves have four players averaging in double-digits scoring wise and seven players averaging at least 20 minutes per game. Bria Richardson continues her career year, leading all players with 16.6 points per game and Ea Shoushtari is second on the team with 12.3 ppg. Keitra Wallace and Allie Green each average just over 10 per game.
STRONG IN THE SECOND: Despite suffering a pair of losses their last two times out, the Waves have shown the ability to adjust at the half, outscoring their last two opponents 86-72 in the second period. Pepperdine made a comeback attempt against Oregon that come up just short in Eugene, pulling to within one point late after being down by 16 at the half. It was also a large first half deficit that sunk the Waves against Long Beach State as they outscored the 49ers 38-37 in the second. So far this year Pepperdine holds a 290-277 advantage in the second half and has scored 84 more points in the second than first overall.
WCC NOTES: The Waves' 68.8 percent shooting from the free throw line and 43.0 percent shooting from the field are both good for fourth in the WCC. They also have the fourth best 3-point defense, holding opponents to 31.2 percent shooting behind the arc. Bria Richardson is fifth in the conference in scoring (16.6 ppg) and Ea Shoushtari is fifth in rebounding (7.7 rpg). Amanda Lovely's 53 percent shooting from the floor is good for fifth in the WCC and Richardson's 85 percent shooting from the foul line is in the top 5 as well. RIchardson's 2.6 steals per game are third in the league and Shoushtari's 2.2 3-pointers made per contest are fifth.
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.
SCOUTING DECEMBER: The Waves play four more non-conference games in the month of December before opening WCC play at San Diego on Dec. 28. After spending most of November on the road, three of the team's next four games are in Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves' two WCC games at the end of the month are both on the road at USD and BYU.
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.
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 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.