Pepperdine Continues Homestand Against Southern on Friday

Dec. 14, 2005

Pepperdine vs. Southern Notes
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Waves Continue Homestand Against Southern Pepperdine (2-6) and Southern (3-2) are meeting for just the second time Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. The game is the second of a three-game homestand for the Waves before hitting the road for five straight. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT).

About the Waves Pepperdine is under the direction of second-year head coach Julie Rousseau. The Waves are 2-6 on the year having picked up a 70-56 victory over San Diego State in their last outing. Sophomore Daphanie Kennedy is leading Pepperdine this season with 12.8 points per game, while Jasmane Clarendon ranks second at 11.1

About the Jaguars Southern is 3-2 on the season after posting a 76-74 double-overtime victory over Idaho on Dec. 4. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak. Rolanda Monroe's 17.6 points per contest leads the Jaguars, while Fredricka Lewis chips in 12.8 for a team which is averaging 64.4 on the season.

Pepperdine head coach Julie Rousseau Julie Rousseau is in her second season as the head coach of the Pepperdine Waves. She came to Malibu after a four-year stint with the Stanford Cardinal. Previously, she served as head coach for the WNBA's L.A. Sparks.

About the Pepperdine Program In its 30th installment, the Pepperdine women's basketball team has posted an overall record of 309-251, including a 158-118 WCC record. Since the 1985-86 season, the Waves have posted six 20 win seasons, with an all-time high of 23 coming during the 2001-02 season. Pepperdine has advanced to the NCAA tournament three times since the 1999-00 season and the WNIT post-season tournament three times since the 1998-99 season.

Pepperdine in the Polls Pepperdine is not ranked in either the ESPN/USA Today Coaches or the Associated Press Preseason Polls.

Pepperdine Trails All-TIme Series Friday's meeting will be the second time the Waves and Jaguars have squared off. Pepperdine leads in the all-time series by an 1-0 count. The only previous meeting between these two teams came in the season opener of the 1997-98 season at teh Howard Bank Classic in Burlington, Vermont. The game is the first time Pepperdine has faced Southern under Julie Rousseau.

Waves Against the West Coast Conference Pepperdine holds a series lead over four West Coast Conference teams, including Portland, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount and San Diego. Saint Mary's and Santa Clara are the only programs with winning records over the Waves, while San Francisco and Pepperdine are tied with 22 wins apiece. Since the 1999-00 season, Pepperdine is 62-22 against conference foes.

Home Winning Streaks Over WCC Opponents The Waves have won five or more consecutive home games against three conference foes. With eight consecutive home victories, Pepperdine has not lost to Portland since the 1996-97 season, the longest streak of its kind. The Waves have not lost to San Diego since the 1998-99 season, a span of seven games. Pepperdine has downed Saint Mary's in each of the last five home meetings dating back to the 2000-01 season.

Last Time Out Pepperdine snapped a five-game skid with a 70-56 victory over San Diego State last Saturday. The 70 points scored is the second largest total for the Waves this season, better by only a 73-point effort against Indiana State on Nov. 26.

Waves at home in Firestone Built in 1973, Firestone Fieldhouse has been home to the Pepperdine women's basketball program in each of the team's 29 years of competition. During that time, the Waves have posted an overall record of 258-146 (.640). Pepperdine has won 10 or more games 14 times with a season-high of 15 coming during the 1980-81 season. The best winning percentage years came in 1979-80 and 1999-00 when both teams went 11-2 (.846) at home.

Waves Youngest in WCC The 2005-06 Pepperdine Waves are the youngest team in the West Coast Conference. With just one senior, Kelsey Ball, and two juniors, Lauren Wenski and Jasmane Clarendon, this year's team is 75 percent underclassmen. The Waves have four sophomores on the roster, including junior college transfer Nakeya Isabell, and five freshmen.

Looking For Back-to-Back Wins Pepperdine has won consecutive games just once under Julie Rousseau. The Waves defeated Santa Clara on the road before pulling off a second consecutive victory again on the road against Loyola Marymount the following week. In Rousseau's tenure at Pepperdine, the Waves are 1-12 following a victory.

Rousseau was the First Last season Pepperdine opened its West Coast Conference schedule by posting a 78-56 victory over the University of San Diego, in San Diego. The win made Head Coach Julie Rousseau the first of five Wave women's basketball coaches to win their conference opener.

70 points Equals Success Last season, Pepperdine scored 70 or more points five times, with a season-high of 85 coming on January 13, 2005 against Portland. The Waves' record when breaking the 70-point barrier was 4-1, continuing a long-standing tradition of having success when scoring more than 70 points in a game. Since the 1990-91 season the Waves are 184-37 when scoring over 70 points including a phenomenal 33-3 over the past four seasons. In contrast, when Pepperdine fails to reach 70 points they are just 76-150 over the same 14-year span.

More on 70+ The Waves had won 16 consecutive games when breaking 70 points until dropping an 84-81 double-overtime decision to the University of San Francisco on February 3, 2005. After scoring 73 in a loss against Indiana State, Pepperdine has now dropped consecutive games when breaking 70 points. The previous streak dated back to November 29, 2003 when Pepperdine dropped a 95-77 decision to #19 Oklahoma at the Yellowbook Turkey Shootout in Malibu, Calif.

Pepperdine Best D1-AAA School The Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association presented Pepperdine the 2004-05 All-Sports Trophy as the top-rated NCAA Division I institution not competing in football. Part of the prestigious Sports Academy Directors' Cup program for all NCAA Division I schools, Pepperdine competed in 14 sports. In addition to a National Championship in men's volleyball, the Waves women's golf team finished 4th in the nation, men's tennis ended the year ranked 5th nationally, Waves baseball finished 17th in the national polls, women's soccer was rated 33rd in Division I and men's golf concluding the year 31st in the NCAA as golfer Michael Putnam won the Byron Nelson Award taking home the silver trophy at the NCAA Championships (July 7).



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