Women's Basketball: Waves Host No. 17 UCLA Friday To Wrap Non-Conference Play

Tessa Emerson and the Waves host No. 17 UCLA Friday at Firestone

Dec. 27, 2012


THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine plays its final non-conference game of the 2012-13 season when it resumes its series against No. 17 UCLA Friday, December 28. Tip-off against the Bruins is set for 5:00 p.m. in a game streamed live via WaveCast. The Waves vs. UCLA is the first game of a basketball doubleheader, followed by the Pepperdine men vs. Fresno Pacific.

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 will have the call for the Waves and Bruins.


  • After 10 games, Waves are averaging 8.1 steals per game and have forced 19.4 turnovers per contest.
  • Pepperdine dished 20 assists in its season-opening 83-68 win at UC Davis (11/9/12).
  • In 10 games, Pepperdine has scored 170 points (17.0 ppg) off turnovers.
  • The Waves are getting it done at the free throw line, converting on .727 (112-154) from the stripe as a team, third in the WCC.
  • Pepperdine has received plenty of scoring from its bench as Wave reserves average 22.5 points per game off the pine. Pepperdine owns a 225-143 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 10 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 35 in 10 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.
  • Jade McNorton surpassed her 2011-12 scoring output (46) in just seven games after playing in 28 contests with 11 starts as a sophomore.
  • Despite losing nearly 75 percent of its scoring from a year ago, Pepperdine is averaging 60.3 points per game and has scored 70 or more in four contests.

The Last Meeting
November 18, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif.


  • Pepperdine is set to take on UCLA for the 18th time in program history and the first time since the 2008-09 season.
  • The Waves defeated UCLA the last time the two teams met in Malibu, a 91-79 victory (11/28/07). Daphanie Kennedy scored a team-high 27 points to power Pepperdine, while Miranda Ayim chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds.
  • UCLA took the first meeting between the two programs in a 93-67 triumph in Westwood during the 1981-82 campaign.
  • The Bruins won the first 11 games in the series before Pepperdine won back-to-back games in 2000-01 and 2002-03.
  • UCLA is the third PAC-12 opponent for the Waves this season (USC, Washington).

GAME 11 - VS. No. 17 UCLA: Friday (Dec. 28) at Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, Calif.: No. 17 UCLA (7-2) at Pepperdine (3-7) at 5:00 p.m. (PT)

LAST MEETINGS: at UCLA 66, PEP 55 (11/18/08); at PEP 91, UCLA 79 (11/28/07)


Internet Video:
Yes - PepperdineSports.com (WaveCasts)
Yes - PepperdineSports.com 
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LAST GAME FOR UCLA: at CSU Northridge 77, UCLA 72 (12/20/12)

WAVES AGAINST THE PAC-12: Pepperdine owns an 11-64 overall record against current members of the Pac-12 Conference. The Waves have posted wins against several 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.


  • UCLA is 2-1 vs. top-25 opponents this season, including a 62-42 victory vs. No. 12 Texas (12/8/12) and a 86-80 win at No. 11 Oklahoma (11/14/12).
  • The Bruins force and commit a ton of turnovers, averaging 19.2 miscues per game and force 20.4 turnovers.
  • UCLA averages a whopping 47.3 rebounds per game.

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 10 games, six Waves have already eclipsed their 2011-12 scoring output - Grace Leah Baughn (24-8), Tessa Emerson (28/21), Jade McNorton (50-46), Robie Mayberry (93-75), Bria Richardson (41-14) and Ea Shoushtari (61-22).
  • Returning Waves account for .876 of the total offense so far (528 points), averaging 52.8 points per game.
  • Pepperdine veterans average 29.2 rebounds, 11.7 assists and 7.7 steals per game

    WAVES VS. BCS PROGRAMS: Pepperdine plays a total of five games against BCS schools in 2012-13. The Waves play three against the Pac-12 (USC, Washington and UCLA) and two against the SEC (Arkansas and Kentucky).

HOWARD RECAP: Pepperdine dropped a disappointing 55-51 loss to Howard in its final game before breaking for the Christmas holiday.

  • Pepperdine shot lights out from 3-point range, connecting on 7-of-10 from deep.
  • The Waves put together a solid first half and led the Lady Bison 30-27 at the half.
  • Howard’s Saadia Doyle scored 25 points and went 15-for-18 from the foul stripe.
  • Ea Shoushtari paced Pepperdine with 13 points, four assists and no turnovers.
  • The Waves made just six field goals in the second half.

    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)


  • Jade McNorton recorded her first collegiate double-double with a 13-point, 11-rebound night vs. Seattle U. (12/14/12).
  • 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.

UP NEXT FOR THE WAVES: After taking on No. 17 UCLA Friday, Pepperdine opens the 2013 West Coast Conference season when it takes on archrival Loyola Marymount Thursday, January 3 at Gersten Pavilion. Tip-off against the Lions is set for 7:00 p.m.

FOLLOW AND LIKE WAVES WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Be sure and join Pepperdine’s growing communities on Facebook and Twitter. Follow and like the Waves today. Facebook: Pepperdine Women’s Basketball Twitter: @PEPPWBKB

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.



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