Waves Continue WCC Play Hosting Santa Clara, San Francisco
Pepperdine opened conference play with two opponents currently receiving votes nationally in BYU and San Diego.
Dec. 31, 2013
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Pepperdine women’s basketball team continues West Coast Conference play with a pair of home games. The Waves host Santa Clara on Thursday in a 7 p.m. game and then welcome San Francisco on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest to close the week.
COVERAGE: Live video for both Thursday and Saturday’s games will be broadcast on WaveCasts with Josh Perigo on the call. Live stats for both contests will be available on pepperdinesports.com.
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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: Thursday will be the 64th meeting between Pepperdine and Santa Clara, with the Waves holding a 33-30 lead in the all-time series. The Broncos won both games against Pepperdine last season, the Waves had won eight straight against Santa Clara before that. Saturday will be the 68th meeting between Pepperdine and the Dons, with the Waves holding a 34-33 all-time lead. USF also won both meeting last season, Pepperdine has won nine of the last 12 contests.
THE OPPOSITION AT A GLANCE: Santa Clara comes into play 5-7 on the season and 1-0 in WCC play after an 81-72 win over San Francisco on Monday. The Broncos have won three of their last four, with wins over Utah Valley and Georgia State. USF comes in 5-7 as well off the Monday loss to the Broncos. The Dons had a 76-47 win over Fresno State prior to that in which the team shot a school record 59.3 percent from the floor.
SCOUTING JANUARY: The Waves play five home conference games including this week’s contests against Santa Clara and San Francisco. Just two of the seven games Pepperdine plays this month will be on the road as they head to Saint Mary’s (Jan. 16) and Pacific (Jan. 18). Loyola Marymount (Jan. 11), Portland (Jan. 23) and Gonzaga (Jan. 25) also come to Malibu this month.
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.
COMING ON STRONG: Keitra Wallace has come on strong over the last six games, scoring better than 10 points in each contest and raising her season average by more than six points per game. Through her first six games this year Wallace averaged 10.5 points per game, scoring in double digits just twice. Since then Wallace has had four games in which she scored at least 15 points, including a career-high 24 points against Cal Poly. The sophomore’s shooting percentage has jumped from 46.5 percent to 58.9 percent over the last six games and she has yet to miss a three pointer in that span, hitting all four of the long balls she has attempted. Not just improving scoring wise, Wallace also has averaged nearly one more rebound per game in her last six and has three more assists and four more steals during that time.
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.
WCC NOTES: The Waves’ 72.8 percent shooting from the free throw line and 33.7 percent shooting from 3-point territory are all good for fourth in the WCC. Pepperdine’s 3-point defense is also top four in the conference, with opponents averaging just 30.2 percent from long range. The Waves are fourth in the conference with 29.1 defensive rebounds per game. Bria Richardson is sixth in the conference in scoring (16.2 ppg) and Keitra Wallace is 16th with 13.6 ppg. Wallace’s 53.5 percent shooting clip is fifth in the WCC. RIchardson is third in steals (2.6/g), fifth in assists (4.0/g), and is fourth in free throw percentage (83.7). Allie Green’s 37.8 percent shooting from 3-point territory is eighth and Ea Shoushtari’s 2.2 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.