The Waves took on Northern Arizona on Saturday and won their final preseason game of the year, bringing the team to a 4-7 overall record.
Coming into the game against Northern Arizona, Pepperdine Coach Ryan Weisenberg said that the team had been "working on our mental toughness. All of our drills have been designed to push our girls physically and mentally. They play a great deal of zone so we have been perfecting our zone offense."
This strategy proved effective this evening, particularly during a big second half, as the Waves won with a score of 74-51 over Northern Arizona. The team also hit hard on defense creating 24 turnovers on the night. Bria Richardson had four steals.
"Both Bria Richardson and Keitra Wallace had great games on both ends of the floor," according to Weisenberg.
Weisenberg added: "Keitra Wallace has really taken on a big role as a leader and go-to player the past few games."
The Waves have consistently seen big games from Richardson, who had a team-high 18 points on the night. Ea Shoushatri, with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Wallace, with 10 points and eight rebounds, have also consistently put up big numbers for the waves.
Freshman Allie Green also stepped up with 15 points and three steals against Northern Arizona.
Said Weisenberg: "Allie is amazing on the offensive end. She has great confidence in her shot and is working on her scoring moves. I think what impresses us the most is that she is really putting in the time to learn how to improve on the defensive end. Once she is confident on the defensive side the sky is the limit for her."
Following tonight's game the Waves enter into
league play beginning December 28 when they visit San Diego.
"We have a very tough four games in an eight-day stretch," Weisenberg said. "Two of the teams have only lost one game between them. The start of the WCC is going to be very competitive. We are still working on fine-tuning our stuff and so we will worry about USD and BYU after the break."
Before league play begins Weisenberg is looking forward to spending Christmas in Malibu with his family.
"We are a staying home and spending time with the family -- the girls have a list of things to do with Dad and Jack is about to start crawling so it's going to be a fun week," he said.