Waves Open WCC Play Against San Diego, BYU
Pepperdine finished non-conference play with a 23-point win over Northern Arizona last week.
Dec. 24, 2013
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Pepperdine women’s basketball team opens West Coast Conference play with a pair of road games. The Waves head to San Diego Dec. 28 (2 p.m.) for a matchup with the Toreros and then head to Provo, Utah to take on BYU Dec. 30 (4 p.m.).
COVERAGE: Audio for Saturday’s game at San Diego will be available on WaveCasts with Josh Perigo on the call. Monday’s game at BYU will be televised live on BYUtv. Live stats for both contests will be available on usdtoreros.com and byucougars.com.
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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: Saturday will be the 71st meeting between the Toreros and the Waves with Pepperdine holding a 42-28 advantage in the all-time series. USD was 2-0 against the Waves last season. Pepperdine’s matchup against BYU on Monday will be the eighth meeting between the two teams, with the Cougars holding a 5-2 advantage in the series. BYU also won both meetings last year.
THE OPPOSITION AT A GLANCE: USD comes into play 11-0 on the season and currently receiving votes in the latest USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Toreros are coming off a 79-55 win over UC Irvine last time out. BYU comes into play 10-1 on the year, most recently defeating Utah State, 84-74. The Cougars’ only defeat came on Dec. 14 in a double overtime 82-74 loss to Utah at home. The Toreros finished last season second in the WCC while BYU finished fourth in the conference standings.
SCOUTING DECEMBER: The Waves play four 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 four games are in Firestone Fieldhouse during December. The Waves’ two WCC games at the end of the month are both on the road at USD and BYU (Dec. 30).
HOME DOMINATION: Pepperdine scored its most lopsided victory in nearly two seasons, defeating Northern Arizona at home on Saturday, Dec. 28. The Waves downed the Lumberjacks 74-51, matching the program’s largest margin of victory since a 66-43 victory over Colorado State on Jan. 2, 2011. Pepperdine used a convincing 31-4 second half run to pull away and cruise to the victory. Four players scored in double figures in the game, led by Bria Richardson with 18 points and Allie Green with 15. The Waves forced NAU into 24 turnovers in the game, while committing just 13.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: The Waves have been at their best when spreading out the offensive production, with four players averaging more better than 10 points per game so far this season. In three of the team’s four wins this season, four or more players have scored 10 or more points, a feat that has happened just four times this year.
RICHARDSON’S BIG NIGHT: Bria Richardson put up a career-high 31 points in the Waves’ road win over UCR, earning herself College Sports Madness WCC Player of the Week honors. The Waves’ point guard was 9-for-15 from the field and 12-for-12 from the free throw line in the game en route to eclipsing her previous career high by six points. Richardson also dished out four assists in the game and grabbed three steals.
WCC NOTES: The Waves’ 73.2 percent shooting from the free throw line, 43.0 percent shooting from the field and 34.9 percent shooting from 3-point territory are all good for fourth in the WCC. Pepperdine’s 0.9 assist to turnover ratio is tied for third in the conference. The Waves are third in the conference with 30.1 defensive rebounds per game. Bria Richardson is fifth in the conference in scoring (17.6 ppg) and Keitra Wallace is 16th with 13.0 ppg. Wallace’s 55.6 percent shooting clip is fourth in the WCC. RIchardson is third in steals (2.8/g), fourth in assists (4.5/g), and is third in free throw percentage (84.2). Allie Green’s 41.4 percent shooting from 3-point territory is sixth and Ea Shoushtari’s 2.3 threes per game are third in the WCC.
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.
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.