Waves Host Seattle U. Friday in Malibu
Pepperdine Tackles Redhawks in First Ever Meeting
Dec. 12, 2012
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine will play its first game in 12 days when it welcomes Seattle U. to Malibu Friday, December 14. The Waves and Redhawks square off for the first time in a 7:00 p.m. battle at Firestone Fieldhouse in a game streamed live via WaveCast.
PEPPERDINE TOY DRIVE: Pepperdine basketball fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to Friday’s game against Seattle U.. Those who participate will receive free admission.
COVERAGE: Fans unable to make it to Firestone Fieldhouse can check out the game streamed live online via WaveCasts. Links for WaveCasts and live stats will be available at the official cyberspace home for Pepperdine Athletics, PepperdineSports.com. Nick Law will have the call for the Waves and Redhawks.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 2012-13 BULLETS
- After seven games, Waves are averaging 8.3 steals per game and have forced 21.3 turnovers per contest.
- Pepperdine dished 20 assists in its season-opening 83-68 win at UC Davis (11/9/12).
- With trips to Seattle and Fayetteville in a six-day stretch, Pepperdine traveled 4,474 miles during the span.
- In seven games, Pepperdine has scored 130 points (18.6 ppg) off turnovers.
- The Waves are getting it done at the free throw line, converting on .718 (74-103) from the stripe as a team, third in the WCC.
- Pepperdine has received plenty of scoring from its bench as Wave reserves average 21.5 points per game off the pine. Pepperdine owns a 151-115 advantage in bench scoring, including a 33-3 margin at Washington (11/27/12).
- Robie Mayberry surpassed her 2011-12 season scoring total (75) in her sixth game of the season (85) and needs 11 rebounds to match her output from last season (56). 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 25 in seven 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 60.0 points per game and has scored 70 or more in three contests.
WAVES AND REDHAWKS
- Pepperdine is set to take on Seattle U. for the first time in program history Sunday in Malibu.
- Seattle U. is the lone WAC opponent the Waves will face this season.
- Pepperdine will play its inaugural game against an opponent for the second consecutive contest (Arkansas).
- This is the second time the Waves have played a team located in Seattle this season. Pepperdine fell on the road to Washington 70-51 (11/24/12).
- The Redhawks (then known as the Chieftans) were members of the West Coast Conference (1971-80).
GAME EIGHT - VS. SEATTLE U.: Friday (Dec. 14) at Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, Calif.: Seattle U. (3-4) at Pepperdine (2-5) at 7:00 p.m. (PT)
LAST MEETINGS: First meeting
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: First meeting.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:
Internet Video: Yes - PepperdineSports.com (WaveCasts)
GameTracker: Yes - PepperdineSports.com
Opponent Official Website: GoRedhawks.com
LAST GAME FOR SEATTLE U.: at Seattle U. 72, Portland State 59 (12/9/12)
WAVES VS. THE WAC: Pepperdine will play just its 17th game against a current member if the WAC Friday when it takes on Seattle in the first meeting between the two programs. The Waves are 11-5 against the current membership, at least as of Dec. 12. Pepperdine owns four wins against Idaho (4-1), including a 57-48 victory last season and Utah State (4-0). The Waves do not have a win against Louisiana Tech (0-3).
- This will just be the second road game of the season for Seattle U.
- The Redhawks have four losses by a combined total of seven points.
- Seattle U. lost in overtime to Washington (77-75) and beat West Coast Conference foe Portland (63-61) in the Emerald City.
ARKANSAS RECAP: Arkansas led wire-to-wire in a completely dominant 64-39 victory in Fayetteville Dec. 2. Shay Cooney-Williams scored eight points to lead the Waves.
- Arkansas out-rebounded Pepperdine 38-28 and held a 28-16 advantage in scoring in the paint.
- The Razorbacks outscored the Wave reserves 33-19.
- Pepperdine had nine assists on a season-low 14 field goals.
- The Waves shot 7-for-26 (.269) in both the first and second half.
CALL ME MAYBE(RRY): Robie Mayberry (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd HS) leads Pepperdine in scoring (12.6) and rebounds (6.4) this season.
- Mayberry rates third in field goal (.403) and second in free throw percentage (.900)
- Waves leader in scoring four times; rebounding five times
- Reached double-digit scoring in five 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.
- 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.
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 seven games, five Waves have already eclipsed their 2011-12 scoring output - Grace Leah Baughn (24-8), Tessa Emerson (26/21), Robie Mayberry (85-75), Bria Richardson (27-14) and Ea Shoushtari (50-22).
- Returning Waves account for .883 of the total offense so far (371 points), averaging 53.0 points per game.
- Pepperdine veterans average 28.9 rebounds per game, 12.0 assists and 8.0 steals per game
UP NEXT FOR THE WAVES: After taking on Seattle U. on Friday, Pepperdine hosts its second SEC opponent in three games when Kentucky visits Firestone Fieldhouse Tuesday, Dec. 18. Tip-off against the Wildcats is set for 7:00 p.m.
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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.