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Name: Marley Biyendolo

Marley Biyendolo 

Year: Freshman

 

Major: Psychology

 

Position: Combo Guard (PG/SG)

 

Hometown: Dingley Village, Melbourne, Australia

 

How are you adjusting to being so far away from home? I believe I am adjusting just as an average 'freshman' college student would be, though I am beginning to adjust to the American way of life gradually. There's a lot of ups and downs in college that I have been confronted with first-hand, though that's all a part of the experience, and I'm just acting like a sponge and soaking this once in a lifetime opportunity in and enjoying every aspect of it. Leaving home was a big step in my life, though what made it easier was how surprisingly similar California is to Australia in many ways, so that really cushioned my transformation in coming here.

 

What are you most looking forward to this season? I'm looking forward to spending this upcoming basketball season with all of my teammates. I'm also very excited to be able to travel so frequently to games and tournaments.

 

Favorite part about the team: My favorite part about this team would definitely be the chemistry and camaraderie that we all share. Coming from Australia, into almost a new world, without my family and my friends around me to give me support and comfort, I feel blessed to be around a team and coaching staff that really reaches out to me in giving me that comfort. They have practically become my new family here at Pepperdine.

 

Favorite NBA team: Golden State Warriors

 

Favorite movie: Superbad

 

Quote you like to live by: "Everything happens for a reason."

 

Name: Amadi Udenyi

Amadi Udenyi

Year: Freshman

Major: undeclared

Position: Guard

Hometown: Oakland, Calif.

How has the adjustment to college been so far? It has been a very smooth transition.It's nice to know that I'm not too far away from home.

What are you most looking forward to this season? I'm looking forward to conference play because the WCC is a great basketball conference.

Favorite part about the team: How funny we all are. We all have different senses of humor but we all understand each other. The team has great chemistry, and we all get along really well.

Favorite NBA team: Los Angeles Lakers

Favorite movie: He Got Game

Quote you live by: "Well done is better than well said."

WOMEN: Westmont exhibition recap

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Sophomore forward Amanda Lovely's putback with 2.9 seconds left lifted the Pepperdine women's basketball team to a 57-55 exhibition win over defending NAIA national champion Westmont on Wednesday evening.

Here's our recap. Here's our postgame video.

Photo: Amanda Lovely's putback with 2.9 seconds left gave Pepperdine a 57-55 exhibition win over defending NAIA champion Westmont tonight! Recap: http://gowav.es/19U5UXZ Video: http://youtu.be/5uolpxhtUps

MEN: First Entry

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With less than two weeks left of preseason basketball, the Waves are actively preparing for the start of their 2013-14 season. Eight new additions have been added to the roster including scholarship freshmen Amadi Udenyi, Marley Biyendolo, Jeremy Major, Jeff Van Dyke, David Jesperson, and Lamond Murray Jr. as well as walk-on freshman Jonathan Allen and junior college transfer Malcolm Brooks.

 

Head coach Marty Wilson explains that "the great thing about the team this year is the chemistry. There are no cliques, and the players all intermingle and are social off the court".

 

Coach Wilson also adds that the younger players have greatly progressed since they arrived on campus six months ago and seem to be transitioning well into the program. Wilson emphasizes the fact that the new players are able to look up to the veterans, who demonstrate great discipline and act as positive role models both on and off the court.

 

Brendan Lane, a 6-foot-9 forward, played for three years at UCLA before graduating in spring of 2012 and transferring to Pepperdine. Lane is currently pursuing his master's degree and after redshirting last season, will compete with the Waves this year in his final season of eligibility.

 

The other two seniors, Nikolas Skouen and Malte Kramer, will also be key contributors to the team in their final year as Waves. Last season Skouen played in all thirty games, started in twenty-one and is currently ranked eighth in Pepperdine history by making 39.2% of his career three-point attempts. Kramer only appeared in five games last season due to injury and illness, but earned a spot on the NABC Honors Court, the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" list and earned Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete status.

 

When the team is not on the court or in the gym, they spend much of their time catching up on schoolwork and participating in study groups. The players have mandatory study hall four nights a week, including Sunday evening study sessions that are supervised by Coach Wilson. The players work hard both on and off the court in order to best exemplify Pepperdine Athletics' mission of Competing with Purpose.

 

The Waves will open their season on Saturday, November 9, when they take on San Diego Christian at 5 p.m. in Firestone Fieldhouse. Come and support men's basketball as they open the 2013-14 season and prepare for another great year!

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