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Kelsey Brockway, a sophomore from
Rolling Hills, Calif., will be declaring the newest major to come to campus,
sports administration. She ranks third on the team in rebounding (6.0) and is
also averaging 5.9 points. She pulled down 14 rebounds in the Waves' most
recent game against UC Santa Barbara.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
My parents always want us
together as a family on any given holiday. They go to the extreme. For example,
this Thanksgiving, they flew me out to Nashville the night before Thanksgiving
so that we could be together as a family in Tennessee on Thanksgiving since my
brother had a football game. Well, I had practice the day after Thanksgiving so
I was in Nashville for all of 24 hours and flew back the very next
Why did you chose Pepperdine?
I came to Pepperdine because I
wanted to go to a school that would allow me to graduate with an impressive
degree for the future. I want to use my athletic abilities as a vehicle toward
a degree that will open doors for me and give me opportunities that not just
any school could.
Are you nervous about finals?
I am doing very well in my
classes. Our coaching staff stresses that school always comes first and we will
compete academically and athletically at a very high level. Coach Ryan (Weisenberg)
holds us to a very high standard when it comes to our academics. I am nervous
for my finals. I'll leave it at that.
Do you have plans to celebrate after finals?
Honestly, the feeling of just not
having to stress about school for a good month is enough that I do not even
need to celebrate. However, I will be giving my brain a mental vacation.
What do you want to do after graduation?
This is thinking way too far
ahead for me considering I don't even know what I want for a Christmas present
from my Grandma when she asked, or even what I want for dinner tonight. But, I
guess after college I know I want to do something involved with business and
marketing in the sports industry. This is why I am beyond excited about the new
sports administration major because it plays right into my future plans.
If you could challenge one Pepperdine staff/faculty member on
the court who would it be?
Well, I've already actually
challenged the person I would want to and that is Marv Dunphy. He is not only a
legendary volleyball coach here, but most people don't know he plays a mean
game of horse and I beat him. I never let him forget it when I see him, which
is like everyday.
to continue their successful shooting run, the Waves suffered a Wednesday night
loss against Cal State Fullerton with a final score of 78-64. This was the
team's first game since the Great Alaska Shootout, and unfortunately the Waves'
consistent shooting performance did not continue against the Titans. Redshirt
senior, and Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament member, Brendan Lane was the
team's top scorer of the game with an impressive 24 points on 10-for-17
shooting. However, the rest of the team shot a combined 14-for-43.
point guard Jeremy Major has consistently been a starter for the team this
season and uses a team loss as a learning experience.
postgame thoughts: "It's tough when we lose to teams that we are beating at
halftime due to our lack of defensive focus in the second half. As a team, we
need to work on being more aggressive defensively, and be more focused on
guarding the ball. When we aren't handling the ball properly, the opposing
teams gain confidence when we allow them to score baskets too easily. That was
definitely the case for the team last night against Fullerton, and after that
game we all realize what we need to work on collectively as a team going into
Waves will face another Big West Conference school on Saturday. Pepperdine
faces the UC Irvine Anteaters at 7 p.m. There will be an audio-only broadcast
of the game streaming from Irvine via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com with Al
to regain their pre-road trip momentum, the women's basketball team was looking
forward to playing in front of their home crowd on Wednesday evening. It was
only the Waves' second game of the regular season held in Firestone Fieldhouse
Richardson said beforehand: "We
are definitely excited to be back home and playing in front of our home
crowd. It's always great and exciting to
play in front of our family and friends."
the Waves fell to UC Santa Barbara 77-69 and gave up an early lead to the
Gauchos. Even with Richardson's 17
points and Keitra Wallace with 15, the Waves couldn't hold back UCSB.
into this game, and off the five-game road trip, Richardson said: "The road trip was exhausting and
definitely tested our mental toughness as a team. Although we didn't perform as
well as we were expecting, we are motivated to get out of our slump and get on
a winning streak."
Pepperdine Coach Ryan Weisenberg said: "The girls played hard and we now know where we need to
be to compete with some of the top teams in the country. We are looking forward to playing at home
this month and preparing for the WCC."
Pepperdine has two more home
games coming up this month. While the Waves have proven they can compete with strong
teams like UCLA and Oregon, in close come-from-behind games the team is still learning
how to finish with a win.
Richardson added: "Once the team's confidence sunk in and we realized we
are just as good and if not better than Oregon, the comeback rally began.
Unfortunately, we ran out of time but the game definitely gave us a lot of
confidence in ourselves that we must apply to every game forward."
Pepperdine plays at UC Riverside on Friday.
Waves have returned from the Great Alaska Shootout and are back in Malibu ready
to prepare for this week's matchups against two Big West Conference schools.
The Shootout was a great experience for the Waves, who set a tournament record with
their 60.0% field goal percentage. Pepperdine men's basketball is now ranked
sixth in the nation with its overall team field goal percentage of 52.5%. Redshirt senior Brendan Lane was named to the Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament
team after having averaged 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds.
team played well for the most part, especially offensively," head coach Marty Wilson said.
"Our key players performed very well. Brendan Lane made the all-tournament
team, and was extremely consistent throughout the tournament. Stacy Davis
played very well the second game against Denver and was the 'Player of the
Game.' Jeremy Major is also continuing to be consistent and is growing as a player as
the season continues."
week the team is going to focus on taking better care of the ball and on defensive rebounding. After a limited amount of practice time in
Alaska, the team is looking forward to reviewing more video from the tournament
and utilizing practice to perfect as many skills as possible.
team is still awaiting the clearance of Jett Raines, who suffered a hand injury during
practice earlier in the season. When Raines is able to get back on the court, the team will be
able to take advantage of Jett's size and overall ability, as well as the emergence of freshman David Jesperson, to allow starters Davis and Lane to have more rest, enabling them to
play harder for longer periods of time.
Waves take on Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Firestone
Fieldhouse, and will travel to UC Irvine on Saturday for another 7 p.m.
matchup. Live WaveCasts will be available at pepperdinesports.com for both
games; a video stream will be available for Wednesday's game and audio only at
Irvine with Al Epstein.
an impressive win against Denver on Friday, the Waves were unable to repeat the
outcome and fell short to Indiana State, 73-70, on Saturday in their final game
of the Great Alaska Shootout. Though the Waves went 1-2 in the tournament, they
did set a Shootout record with a combined 60.0% field goal percentage.
Major scored 15 points with six assists, and senior forward Malte Kramer went
four-for-six from three, and achieved career highs of 14 points and four
assists in Saturday's game.
got into rhythm pretty early in the game," Kramer said. "I made the first
couple of shots I took, and Brendan (Lane) and Stacy (Davis) opened up a lot of
space so I made sure to take advantage of the opportunities and be aggressive."
was a tough loss for the team, Kramer said: "The game was extremely physical,
and well-played on both sides. Indiana State is probably the best team we have
faced this season. They shot incredibly well, especially in the beginning of
the game; but we stuck with them, and were very close at the end."
the Waves faced three talented teams on the court, the trip to Alaska was also
an incredible bonding experience for the team.
explained: "Away trips are great for team bonding, especially these longer
trips because we spend so much time together, and have more opportunities to
get to know other teammates that we don't usually room with. We spent so much
time together as a team during our stay in Alaska, and we really became each
Waves will return to Malibu on Sunday night and will begin preparing for two
Big West Conference schools: Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday (Dec. 4) at
Firestone Fieldhouse, followed by a road game at UC Irvine on Saturday (Dec. 7).
Waves played their second game of the Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, taking
on the Denver Pioneers. After a tough loss on Thursday against Green Bay, the
Waves came back with a 68-56 win over Denver. The Pioneers scored the first
five points of the game, but the Waves were able to secure a strong 38-15 lead
going into the second half.
Davis scored 22 points for the Waves, followed by Brendan Lane with 12.
Pepperdine shot 71.4% (25-for-35) against Denver, a new Great Alaska Shootout
record, and the second-best mark in school history.
to game one against Green Bay, this game was a lot more intense and very
physical," sophomore Stacy Davis said. "Our team definitely came out a lot more
aggressive, and rather than just going through the motions of the game, we
really focused on working with what the defense gave to us and tried to take good
care of the ball. After my performance last night, I really wanted to improve
tonight and come out strong early in the game. I mentally prepared last night
and felt confident going into the game today, and I'm glad the team was able to
pull through and get a win."
in Alaska has been a new experience for the team, as Davis describes: "It's
different being in the snow consistently, and experiencing life in a new place.
The climate is completely different than what I'm used to, and traveling to
Alaska is another task I can check off of my bucket list."
Waves will face Indiana State for their third and final game of the tournament.
According to Davis, the team plans to "continue taking care of the ball and
staying aggressive. We're going to make sure that we are all focused, and
intense on the court so we can bring home the win."
Waves' final game of the Great Alaska Shootout will begin at 3 p.m. PT on
Saturday and a live audio broadcast will be available at pepperdinesports.com.
men's basketball team completed the first of three games in the Great Alaska
Shootout tournament in Anchorage on Thanksgiving. The Waves fell short to Green
Bay, 97-89, but the team managed to set some personal records, and even break
some Pepperdine ones as well. Freshman Jeremy Major discusses Thursday night's
game and the adjustment to Alaska:
Q: By having 12
assists against Green Bay, not only are you the first Wave since November 2004
to have that many, you also set a new Pepperdine true freshman record. How does
It feels really good. I actually had no idea I set any kind of record until I
checked Twitter after the game. It is definitely a great accomplishment and
it's nice having the recognition. I'm proud of myself for being able to
positively represent my team and my university.
Q: What was the
biggest challenge for the team against Green Bay?
The biggest challenges for the team were definitely turnovers and rebounds.
Early in the second half the turnovers really gave Green Bay the advantage of
having more opportunities to score. Green Bay had a lot of second-chance
attempts, which allowed them to score, and eventually time just caught up with
us and we didn't have time to come back from those errors.
Q: What is the team
hoping to improve on for the final two games on Friday and Saturday?
Overall, we just really need to take better care of the ball. Coach Wilson
really preaches about the importance of handling the ball well, and as a team,
when we take care of the ball we have more opportunities to score. So we have
to cooperate better with one another. We really want to focus on being smarter
with the ball, and having more rebounds and fewer turnovers.
Q: How was being away
from your family on Thanksgiving?
It was definitely different. My friends and brother were all home from college
for the holiday, so it was a little bit harder than I thought being away from
everyone. Wednesday night we celebrated Thanksgiving as a team, and our
families sent us all letters and pictures of us when we were babies. It was
nice being with the team and celebrating though, because it's the times like
those with the laughter and bonding that just really unite the team and bring
us together as a family.
Q: How has the
adjustment been to Alaska?
It's actually been pretty easy, a lot better than we had expected. Most of the
team was pretty well prepared. We packed flannels, coats and beanies. But for
the most part we're spending a lot of time indoors, whether it's in the hotel
room, on the bus or in the gym. So overall, definitely a better adjustment than
Q: What are you most
looking forward to as you head into the final two games of the Shootout?
I'm really looking forward to improving in the next two games and hoping to
come home with two wins. We just have to be aware of our weaknesses, learn from
our mistakes, and take better care of the ball.
men's basketball team has traveled to Anchorage, Alaska, where the Waves will
compete in the Great Alaska Shootout. It begins Thursday night when the Waves
(4-1) take on Green Bay (2-1).
to head coach Marty Wilson, a successful trip to Alaska begins with "first and
foremost, packing warm clothes. Flannels, tights and layers are definitely
necessary for the players, because a lot of them don't quite realize how cold
it's actually going to be."
from the adjustment the players will have to make to the weather, the tournament
also requires that the team be prepared to go against multiple opponents.
Wilson explains: "The challenge will be playing three games in a row. Creating
a game plan for one team could be totally different than the next team in
regards to preparation. The next game we have to prepare to play one of two
teams, so not knowing where we need to focus is always an immediate challenge."
Waves do, however, have a plan of action to be as well prepared as possible.
Wilson: "We assign specific teams to our assistant coaches, who will have all
of the necessary videos and written reports ahead of time. And then as a staff,
we review the film and break down what the team is going to need to focus on.
We will watch the videos with the team after the first game, and implement the
focus on the necessary skills during our one-hour practice before the second
team will play a total of three games in the Great Alaska Shootout. Game one
against Green Bay will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network, and all
three of the games will also be available to stream with live audio at www.pepperdinesports.com.
men's basketball team had a busy week last week, hosting San Jose State on
Wednesday night followed by Saturday's home game against Utah Valley.
into the San Jose State game, the Waves were 3-0. The Waves led by 14 points in
the first half and 10 points at halftime but the Spartans went 10-for-15 for
three-pointers in the second half and went on to take the win, 83-77. Brendan
Lane was the Waves' top performer with 23 points, nine rebounds and six blocks,
followed by Stacy Davis with 20 points and nine rebounds, and Jeremy Major with
nine points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
on the loss, head coach Marty Wilson says: "San Jose State took the win from
us. We reviewed the film from the game later with the team so they had the
ability to see what they were not doing on the court, that allowed San Jose to
compete as well as they did. Our lack of defense, not contesting shots, not
blocking out, and them getting the rebounds that we were supposed to get,
enabled San Jose to be overly comfortable and confident that they could take
the win from us based on how we were performing."
Jose State was the Waves' first loss of the season, but the team was able to
take the loss as a learning experience and apply what they learned from the
game to Saturday night's 58-53 win over Utah Valley. Again, Brendan Lane led
the team with 11 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the
season. He also secured the Waves' lead in the second half, scoring the go-ahead basket with a little more than two minutes left
in the game. Senior Nikolas Skouen scored 10 points, and senior Malte Kramer
and sophomore Stacy Davis each added seven points. Kramer added all seven
points the second half, four of which were free throws made in the final minute
of the game.
The Waves faced a tough matchup against Utah Valley, a team that
was physically stronger and more mature in regards to age. However at the end
of the game, it was the Wolverines who came out not only with the loss.
Said Wilson: "The team kept their focus, grinded it out and got
the win. The loss against San Jose State was definitely a good lesson for the
team and the video will be a good tool for reference later in the season."
The Waves will travel to Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday where
they will compete in the Great Alaska Shootout, playing three days in a row
beginning on Thanksgiving night against Green Bay (2-1) at 6:30 p.m. PT. The
game will be shown on the CBS Sports Network. Friday's matchup will be against
Denver (0-2) or Harvard (4-1). If the Waves (4-1) compete in the winners'
bracket, they will play at 9 p.m. PT; if they drop to the losers' bracket they
will play at 6:30 p.m. PT. The Waves will continue playing until Saturday. Live
audio broadcasts for all three Great Alaska Shootout games will be available at
Pepperdine women's basketball team left for a week-long road trip on Tuesday
night. The first stop was South Dakota
that game, head coach Ryan Weisenberg talked about the win over UC Irvine from
the week before: "It was a great team effort, good intensity from the tip to
the end. I was really impressed with our mental make up, and we stuck to the
game plan. We were up by 28 points at
one point, we stayed disciplined in what we wanted to do and it showed on the
UCI, Pepperdine outrebounded the Anteaters 48-39 but Coach Wiesenberg said he
was hoping for 50 rebound after the game.
Shoushtari had a double-double against UCI. The team leaders, Bria Richardson
had eight rebounds, Ketria Wallace had five and together with Shoushtari's 13,
the guards had 25 rebounds. Furthermore, Weisenberg said that "the post players
did a great job holding off UCI's bigs and keeping them off the boards."
on Wednesday night against South Dakota State, Pepperdine suffered its second
loss of the season and fell flat on the rebounding with only 36 to the
all season has been distributed well. Coach Weisenberg said that "the team
needs to stay disciplined in the offense and having so many players in double-digits
signifies the girls are taking smart shots and not just throwing up junk."
that extra pass and securing the smart shot is something the team is surely
looking to do against Wyoming tonight. Only two players, Bria Richardson and
Amanda Lovely, left the court with double-digit numbers against South Dakota
State and they carried the weight of the team with 15 and 12 points,
into the roach trip, Weisenberg's focus was on defensive transitions. All three
teams, South Dakota, Wyoming and Oregon, are excellent transition basketball
teams, he said.
is averaging 90 points a game and most of those points are coming within seven
seconds of the shot clock," Weisenberg said. "So our focus has to be getting
back, contesting shots and making them play a half court game. Again, we need
to stick to our fundamentals defensively and the defensive press."
on the road. Coach Weisenberg says with games every other day in different
states, "the key will be rest and working with our trainer to ensure the girls
are healthy. Further, the assistant coaches preparing the players with our game
plan is critical. Each coach has a team this week, and they have done a
phenomenal job breaking down teams and giving the girls the knowledge to stop the
players they have to face."
the Waves take on Wyoming, and they hope to bring the game back to the
fundamental focus that worked so well just a week ago against UC Irvine.
The Pepperdine men's basketball team credits a great
deal of their success to strength and conditioning coach Matt Young. We asked
him about what he did to help get the team ready for the season.
When did you begin working with the men's basketball team?
The first time I worked with the men's basketball program was in March of
2013. They had a different strength and conditioning coach prior to that,
but I have been at Pepperdine as the Director of Strength and Conditioning
since the fall of 2009.
Prior to summer conditioning, what were some of the goals you wanted to set for
The culture was already set with Coach Wilson and his staff and my job was to
carry that culture over from the court to the strength and conditioning
program. Coach Wilson wanted the players to get physically stronger. He
also, more importantly, wanted to players to become mentally tougher. He
wanted them to have the willingness to grind. Coach Wilson saw strength and
conditioning as a great avenue to build on that weakness.
What was your plan of action for summer training?
I wanted the team to be challenged, not just in the weights that were lifted
and the times that were run, but also in creating an atmosphere for
development. We grinded out sets in the weight room and ran 400s on the
track, but within each of those developmental opportunities we challenged them
for energy, communication and discipline. Each one of these played an
important role in the culture of the strength and conditioning program. The
team put energy into each session for constant encouragement, communicated well
so the entire team knew what was expected in that moment, and were disciplined
enough to tolerate discomfort throughout the training.
the beginning of the summer we taught a lot of new movements and how we wanted
them to be completed in the weight room. We slowly built up our volume and
training load so by the time summer ended, the team would be able to be pushed
farther and be able to overcome more challenges. It wasn't just the x's and o's
of their program that benefited their development, but also the team's change
in mindset as well as their culture.
Have you seen improvement in the team since you began working with them?
Yes, and the good thing is that the list is too long to cover in this interview.
I have been extremely happy with how the team has responded to the training
over the past eight months, though it hasn't been easy. The early 5:30 a.m.
morning lifts and conditioning sessions, fast times on the track and heavy
weight lifting weren't pretty, but challenged the team both mentally and
physically. It definitely took a toll on them, but in a good way. There
were mornings where the opportunity for development on the track was so
challenging, and the walk to the weight room afterwards was painstakingly
difficult; but in the end they came out seeing the effectiveness in the
program. Strength numbers skyrocketed. Court movement, footwork, and
jumping numbers were visibly better, and the conditioning level was higher than
importantly, the team aspect took hold of them. They communicated, had
energy, and were disciplined. I am proud of what they accomplished over
the offseason, and their overall response has been great. They are seeing
the benefits of their hard work through the first month of the season. The
team chemistry is strong, and their overall mentality has improved. In
addition to being physically stronger, the team is now mentally tougher as
well. I am looking forward to seeing the team progress each week as the season
Pepperdine women's basketball team's 76-59 win over UC Irvine last Thursday
continues to show that this team is not the same team as last season. Coming
off a close loss to powerhouse UCLA, the team demonstrated a new positive
outlook and determination, showing Pepperdine fans and community members that
nothing can keep them down.
on the team's mindset coming off the UCLA loss, junior guard Ea Shoushtari
says: "After that game we knew that we had to
correct our mistakes, regroup, and move on to our next opponent. Our mindset was to come out in the beginning and
be the aggressors, which we did against Irvine."
Shoushtari, who led the Waves
against UCI with 21 points and 13 rebounds, added: "It felt great to have my
first double-double of the season. Putting up those numbers is a great feeling,
but knowing that I was being productive and contributing to the greater good of
the team is an even better feeling. The double-double is reflective of my
performance as an individual, but I couldn't have done it without the help of
my team so it's reflective of their efforts as well."
The Waves as a team had four
players besides Shoushtari (Keitra Wallace with 17, Bria Richardson with 15 and
Tessa Emerson with 10) with double-digit points.
"Our team played well,"
Shoushtari said. "We were aggressive on the offensive and defensive ends, which
was important for setting the tone for the game. We started out with intensity
and played on that throughout the game. We stuck to our game plan and came out
with the win."
Pepperdine Coach Ryan
Weisenberg's focus on defense last week paid off, with the Waves getting 32
defensive rebounds to UCI's 24 (48-39 overall). Pepperdine led the game in
steals with nine to UCI's six. Shoushtari had three.
"Our defense was definitely one
of the main factors in helping us get that win," Shoushtari said. "Solid
defense translated into good offense and helped us get into a comfortable flow
of the game. I feel like when we're playing good defense we're more aggressive
on the offensive end, which helps us."
Speaking to the first home game
win and what it means for the rest of the season, Shoushtari is excited about
the team's success.
"I think that it shows the
teams in our conference and ourselves how dominant we can truly be," she said. "It's
a great feeling to get a solid win at the beginning of the season and it's fun.
It's fun to see our hard work pay off, especially in front of our home crowd."
men's basketball team brought home two road wins last week, beginning with
Wednesday night's UC Riverside game followed by an 88-71 win against Central
Michigan on Saturday.
Coach Marty Wilson explained that the Riverside game was "the first road game
for many of our starters, and was a tougher game in regards to the matchup because
Riverside is bigger and more physical than us."
continued: "It was a good experience for the team because even after our 13-point
lead, Riverside was able to come back. We still managed to keep our composure and
execute while making our free throws down the stretch. The game was a milestone
for the team because it showed how they could stick together through the
adversity and still pull out the win."
team's win against Riverside helped further prepare them for their matchup
against Central Michigan on Saturday. After a long day of travel on Friday, the
team was able to get some well-deserved rest before their game in the early
explained the team's plan going into the game: "We wanted to stay home when the
ball was coming to them so they weren't able to make a lot of three pointers. The
team did a good job executing the plan defensively, and offensively we were
very unselfish, making 34 baskets and having 24 assists."
also expressed how valuable it is for the team to be able to travel all day,
adjust to a time change, and still be able to pull out an impressive win.
continues to emphasize that the team's chemistry this season is really great,
and he's continuing to see improvement every day.
team is just getting started and we are going to continue building momentum in
preparation for Wednesday night's game against San Jose State, and we hope that
the support from the students and fans continues to grow as the season progresses,"
winning their second straight road game against Central Michigan, the men's
basketball team is now 3-0 and officially has its most successful start since
the 1998-99 season. As a team, the players are working well with one another,
while staying aggressive, and effectively communicating on the court.
Davis has played a crucial role for the team thus far, having scored at least 23
points in each of the first three games, making him the first player to do so
since the 1987-88 season. Davis discusses his feelings about the team's early
success, his role as a leader and how his preparation for this season has given
him the confidence to lead the team to victory.
Q: As a player, you've had the best start since
the 1987-88 season. Did you expect to do so well offensively this season?
I did set high expectations for myself as player, but at the end of the day I
not only want to be successful for myself, but also my team. I put in a lot of
hard work this summer to be sure that I was in the best shape possible, and
having won the WCC Newcomer of the Year award last season, I came into this
season pretty confident. With the departure of Jordan Baker and Lorne Jackson,
I really knew I had to step up this season offensively, and make sure that I
was positively leading the team in the right direction.
Q: Last season you
were 0-for-2 for three-pointers and now you are 4-for-4 after having only
played three games. What have you done to improve your shot since last season?
Last year I struggled a lot with my shot, and since last season ended, Coach (Bryant)
Moore and I have worked a lot on my shot. Not so much on my release, but just
on how I shot the ball. I did a lot of work on my own this summer. During the
time when I was at home I shot a lot of jumpers and focused on changing my form
and making sure that my shots were coming out clean. Last year my shot was like
a slingshot, whereas now it's become more natural for me. Coach Moore put a lot
of time and effort into helping me improve so I definitely owe him a lot, and
my level of confidence this season compared to last season is at a whole new
level. With the amount of time I have put into improving, I expect myself to be
making these three-pointers, and I hope to continue being confident and making
Q: You have
experienced a lot of growth since last season and you credit a lot of your
success to the training you did over the summer. What was different about your
summer training for this season?
Our strength and conditioning director, Matt Young, really helped me a lot.
There was a lot of talk about him going into the summer about how tough he was,
and he completely lived up to his reputation. During our training this summer
we had what we called the "adjustment period" which was the time that our
bodies had needed to recuperate and adjust to the new level of strength
training that we were being exposed to. As much as I hated waking up at 6 a.m.
and lifting all the time, it really has positively affected the team and the
shape that we are in. I feel like I can run faster, jump higher, and overall I
feel a lot stronger.
Q: Brendan Lane has
been another key player this season, and you two complement each other well on
the court. What are your thoughts about how you two work together as teammates?
Brendan brings a lot of size to the team, and he is actually very athletic. I
depend on him a lot with rebounds, and that has helped me out a lot so far this
season. We both are unselfish players, so we work well together in that
respect, and right now we haven't been getting double-teamed too much so that
has been really helpful in regards to scoring points. We also understand each
other well and communicate effectively, which makes the game a lot easier for
the both of us, allowing us to play at our full potential.
Q: How is the team
different this season, and what's making the team so successful?
The people and the coaches this season are really great. Training with Matt
Young this summer really started this new mentality for the team. Summer
training forced us to be mentally strong, and rely on one another for support.
The summer not only helped us in regards to strength but it also connected the
team closer as a unit, allowing us to become a really a tight-knit family. This
all has translated onto the court for us this season and we all want to see
each other succeed and make this season a winning one.
Wednesday the men's basketball team traveled to UC Riverside for its first away
game of the season. After defeating San Diego Christian last weekend, the team
was looking to bring more aggression and speed to the game. Pepperdine was able
to defeat UC Riverside 69-66 and now has a 2-0 record.
Waves were able to secure a 40-32 lead at halftime, but had 10 minutes in the
second half where no field goals were made, allowing UCR to tie the game with
under a minute left in the second half. Stacy Davis and Nikolas Skouen combined
to go 6-for-6 from the line, allowing the Waves to secure the win in the final
minute of the game.
scored 24 points against San Diego Christian last week and had a game-high 23
points against UCR, making him the first player to score over 23 points in the
first two games of the season since the 1987-88 season. This is also the second
time in three years that Pepperdine has been 2-0.
season's team is close-knit and relies on one another's energy and attitude to
stay positive throughout the games.
Davis, he believes that "leading by example is extremely important for the team
this year. This summer I really concentrated on my mental focus and making sure
that everything is in check."
added: "There were times in the game against Riverside where I would get
frustrated and wanted to get angry, but that's when I really have to step back
and re-evaluate and make sure that the attitude I have on the court is
positive, so that the team can feed off of my energy and we can stay together
as a unit."
19 years old and seen as one of the team's leaders is a great honor for Davis
who says: "At first it was a little difficult for me to grasp because I see
myself as a 19-year-old who is still just a kid, but on the court I'm realizing
how my attitude effects my teammates, and how important it is for me to step up
and motivate the team."
recognizes that his mentality on the court is going to play a key factor in the
team's success this season. He plans to continue leading the team forward, and
hopefully bring home another win Saturday when the team takes on Central
Michigan at 3:30 p.m. PT at McGuirk Arena in Mount
sophomore Keitra Wallace:
Q: How did you feel
after the opening-night win against Seattle?
Good! I feel confident in my team because we came out and fought. We stayed
composed for most of the game. It was a good opening. It's always good to win.
Q: Can you comment on
the importance of being one of five players to score double-digit points against
It felt great having everyone contributing. Everyone had several moments where
they were scoring. Nobody on the team
feels like they should be the only person scoring, so if you are open and it is
a good shot, you take it. As a team, collectively we do a good job shooting the
ball, and it showed.
Q: Is having five players
in double-digits a consequence of a more cohesive team?
Yes, absolutely. Everyone has a higher level of confidence this season. We are
not afraid to score, to shoot the ball, and we need to have that to get
wins. Putting up points is just easier
Q: How did the
Seattle win affect your mindset going into the game against UCLA?
Personally, it didn't really affect much. We take every game as a new challenge
and going from a win against Seattle was passing one test and then we focus on
conquering the next.
Q: How do you feel
about Coach Weisenberg calling you one of the smartest players on the team?
I appreciate the comment. It is
something I have heard since I was younger in school. I don't really pay
attention to it too much, but coaches tell me it is one of my strengths and I
try to help out any way I can.
Q: What are your
goals for the season?
To win more games than last year, but to do it in a way that shows people we
are spending time getting better. We work on our defense and our offense. We trust each other as a team and we want to
prove to people we are not the same team as the past.
Q: Coach Weisenberg's
philosophy is "always compete on and off the court." How have you embraced that
I love having "compete" thrown around so much. I have always been taught to
compete. The only way to win is to compete with confidence and without
fear. Last year we lacked the mental and
physical confidence to compete. We have gained that back and it makes
everything more fun.
Q: What do you like
most about Pepperdine?
Saying the campus would be cliché, but it's true. Really, this is such a
close-knit community and I enjoy the fact that I can walk around campus and
know everyone. I know many people in my classes.
I am not sitting in a group of 200 kids and feeling like I don't know anyone.
opening the season with a 1-1 record, women's basketball coach Ryan Weisenberg
talks about an exciting win against Seattle University, a disappointing loss to
UCLA, and the hope of seeing how his women will bounce back in Thursday's home
opener against UC Irvine.
called the Seattle University win a "confidence builder" after beating a team picked
to win the WAC, with players expected to be the conference's player and freshman
of the year.
Seattle game saw five players score in double-figures due to more ball sharing
and better movement on the court. Weisenberg commended the team on taking
better -- and more disciplined -- shots.
says that he always tells his team "there is a thin line between confidence,
arrogance and ignorance." He said he thought his team had a little bit of arrogance
kick in before the UCLA game.
didn't do our pregame how we exactly and normally do it," he said. "After our
first win it felt like we kind of shrugged our shoulders and thought we would
get it going at some point, and you can't do that against a quality team."
transition and rebounding were the two biggest focuses heading into the UCLA
match, and Weisenberg says the Waves fell short in both areas on Monday due to
a lack of communication. Weisenberg
praised his team on limiting UCLA's first shot, but falling short on the second
and third, something they just can't do against such an athletic team.
the UCLA game showed the coaches how much the team's offense has evolved.
Pepperdine outshot the Bruins 42.6% to 40.0%.
offense when is extremely good when we want it to be," Weisenberg said. "It's
when we have those mental lapses that it becomes a struggle for us."
offense this year is a little simpler, claims Weisenberg, with "really defined
roles. People will not just be throwing up shots, especially when they know
they can get a better shot." This change may account for the drastic increase in
scoring and point differential from last year.
disappointed in the loss, Weisenberg said that it did show the girls that if
they would have played all 40 minutes, they could have beaten UCLA. Now he
wants to see what kind of team will be coming out of the loss. He said that he
wants the mindset to be, "we should have won this, now let's beat up on the
Richardson posted back-to-back career highs in points, and Weisenberg said she
is flourishing as a team leader and embracing that role.
is not satisfied," he said. "The only way she is satisfied is if we get a WCC
title and into a postseason tournament."
said Richardson is not concerned about individual accolades, but if she
continues to go the way she has, there is no way to keep this rising star off any
forward to Thursday, Weisenberg says to prepare for UCI the team will be focusing
on defensive transition and not fouling.
put UCLA on the line 36 times," he said. "We were standing up against an
athletic team, playing with our hands instead of our feet." He believes the Waves will get back to what
earned them a win in Seattle.
Bria Richardson, captain of the women's basketball team and the starting point guard, reached a new career-high with 25 points on Monday at UCLA (her second straight game with a new career high). Her play helped the Waves get close at the end after trailing by as many as 11 points in the second half. Richardson embraces her responsibility as a team leader and it has showed in her play. Here is what she thinks about her role this year:
Q: What are your
goals for the season?
As a team our goal is to compete every game and give everyone a show. We simply
want to be better than we were last year. But, personally, my goal is to
embrace my role as a point guard and leader on the floor, to lead the team with
Q: How have you seen
the team change this season?
The biggest change is the team's mindset. My teammates are working so much
harder than before and looking to win. We motivate each other to play hard,
compete, and make each other better
Q: What were your thoughts about yesterday's UCLA game and your career high?
A: The UCLA game was significant. We let a great opportunity slip away that could've put us on the map. Although we lost, the game showed us that we can compete at a high level. I hope my teammates walk away from that loss with their chin held high and excited about the endless possibilities we have throughout the rest of our season. It's hard to be happy about setting a career high after a loss, but I can say it was an amazing experience and feeling to play a great game in such a historic gym.
Q: Did you know the
coach considers you the team leader? How do you feel about your leadership
I am really honored to be held out as the team leader. The responsibility comes
with great pressure and motivation, but all-in-all it is such a compliment.
Q: Coach Weisenberg's
philosophy is "always compete" on and off the court. Has the team embraced
Yes, we strive to play hard all the time and be as aggressive as possible. We
compete in the classroom as well and give it our all in our studies.
Q: Do you have a
personal philosophy you stand by when it comes to basketball?
Play with a lot of heart and fire.
Q: What do you like
most about Pepperdine?
The small community. Being close with the school makes it feel like family.
Professors come out to our games and support us in our athletics and in our
personal lives. They know what is going on in our lives and truly care about
all students and players.
a season-opening win over San Diego Christian on Saturday night, the men's
basketball team is hoping that will launch the Waves to a successful season.
Head coach Marty Wilson described the first game of the season as "a good
learning experience for all of the new players, and it was a time to really
show them what the pace of a college game is like".
added that the team's lack of aggression was a weakness in the first game, and
stressed the importance of the overall energy of the players and how they each
feed off the attitudes of one another.
"Once the team was more comfortable on
the court and able to make quick moves, the players were able to adjust and
continue making good decisions," he said.
goals for Wednesday's away game against UC Riverside are to start off more
aggressively and to keep better overall control of the ball, thus limiting
game will begin at 7 p.m. at Riverside's SRC Arena. Fans can listen live via
WaveCasts. The team's next game will be away against Central Michigan on
Saturday (Nov. 16) at 3:30 p.m. Pacific.
Waves have officially opened the 2013-2014 season after defeating San Diego
Christian, 81-68, on Saturday night. The game featured the debuts of many new
players, four of whom were in the starting lineup.
Lamond Murray Jr.. was the second-highest scorer for the Waves behind Stacy
Davis, and Murray scored a total of 13 points. In regards to playing in his first
college game, Murray said: "I wasn't extremely nervous, but I was pretty
anxious to play, and really went into the game with an open mind".
Jeremy Major scored eight points in his first college game and he explained: "I
was nervous all day, but once I finally got on the court the nerves went away
and I really just embraced the pressure".
regards to improvement for Wednesday's game at UC Riverside, Major wants to
focus on avoiding turnovers and not allowing the opposing team to score more
than 30 points in the first period.
playing a total of 28 minutes in his debut, freshman Amadi Udenyi scored six
points with four defensive rebounds and four assists. Udenyi said that the biggest
difference between high school and college basketball games is "the speed of
the game. Now basketball is a lot faster-paced, so being able to make quick,
smart decisions is going to be key for me".
Udenyi shared that reducing turnovers
are his main focus for the next game and that he is looking forward to the
team's ongoing improvement.
team has their first away game on Wednesday (Nov. 13) at 7 p.m. against UC
Riverside. The Waves plan to build upon their successful start and hope to
bring home another win.
Name: Jeff Van Dyke
Position: Shooting Guard
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
How has the
adjustment to college basketball been? I really like the team and coaches. Playing
basketball in college is on a whole new level both physically and mentally. The
practices are harder and longer, and the game is more complex. Overall, college
basketball demands a lot both physically and mentally, and the games will be a
lot bigger deal, and definitely a lot different from high school games.
How has the
transition academically been? It's been hard not having my parents here to
keep tabs on me and make sure that I'm staying on top of everything. I really
have to become my own person and be an individual. I have a lot of schoolwork,
so keeping up with that, as well as not having a set schedule is difficult.
It's not like high school where you had the same day five days a week from
eight to three; some days you I have early classes, some days I have later
classes. Everything about school is different, and the tests are a lot harder
What are you most
excited about this season? I am really excited for conference play. I think we are
in a great conference with a lot of talented teams, and I am especially looking
forward to the bigger games we play against Gonzaga and BYU.
What is your favorite
part about the team? The
camaraderie, and everyone on the team is really cool, and we have a great
overall team dynamic both on and off the court.
Favorite NBA team: Golden State Warriors.
I like Stephen Curry.
Favorite movie: Rush Hour 2. Chris
Tucker is hilarious.
Quote to live by: "Watch your thoughts,
for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your
actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."
Name: Jeremy Major
What has been the
most difficult part about adjusting to the game at a college level? It's
been all about making quicker decisions. Everything about the game is
different; the tempo is quicker. Being an effective communicator is really
necessary on the court. I've been here since June, so the overall adjustment to
the team has been pretty smooth. The team has a great dynamic, and we all have
a mutual respect for one another. We have good camaraderie, and good chemistry
both on and off the court.
How has the
transition academically been? It's been good. It's all about managing your
time and staying focused. Having class later in the day is harder too,
especially because it wasn't like that in high school, so it's really having to
adjust to a whole new schedule and level of difficulty in regards to the
difficulty of classes.
What are you most excited
about this season? I'm just really excited to play. We are a younger team
this year with a lot of new freshmen. We are energetic and excited to all be
together. It will be good to show everyone that even though we are freshmen we
can still get the job done and play well. I'm really looking forward to showing
the fans what we've all been working on, and putting all of the hard work to
What is your favorite
part about the team? We are always laughing and joking around. No matter
what it is, we can always find humor and a reason to laugh. It can be anything
from conversations, to funny videos and social media. The majority of the time
spent off the court is filled with bonding and laughter.
Favorite NBA team: Space
Favorite movie: Quote
to live by: "My why is my motivation."
time is near Waves fans! Men's basketball will face San Diego Christian on
Saturday evening at 5 p.m. in Firestone Fieldhouse. The team will play its
first game of the season, and the Waves are looking to make plays on the court
and cooperate effectively as a team.
Coach Marty Wilson says: "The team is excited. I expect us to come out with a
lot of energy"
team has been participating in preseason and intrasquad scrimmages and has
worked hard this past week focusing on skill and technique as well as
effectively communicating on the court.
explains: "It's exciting for our guys knowing that these games are for real. They
are honing in this week on taking care of the ball, making better decisions,
defending harder, and defending more together. That's what really is necessary
to perform well on Saturday."
team has been utilizing this week to analyze the video from the preseason
scrimmages to break down plays and evaluate any weaknesses. Coach Wilson adds
that the main components for enabling the team's growth are "communication, and
defensively, our execution."
week, sophomore Jett Raines suffered a hand injury during practice and will not
be playing in Saturday night's game. He is expected to miss at least a few
Wilson said that Raines' injury "will have an impact on the team. His energy,
his size and his athleticism play a very important role on the court. The team
feeds off of him and his energy, and his absence will cause an adjustment for the
will force some players to move positions, but may also provide an advantage
for players like Atif Russell and Lamond Murray, who could be playing against
larger players who will have to guard them on the perimeter.
team is prepared to come together and open the season strong, with great energy
and a lot of excitement.
Coach Ryan Weisenberg's coaching philosophy is: "Always Compete." When you walk into his office it reads in big
bold letters on the wall: "You will graduate" and "You will compete." He believes his role is to motivate the team
to be the best on the court and in the classroom.
true to that philosophy, when asked what this season's biggest focus will be,
he responded, "follow through and accountability." This season is a new
beginning for the first-year head coach. The team needs to refocus and players
must know their role. Weisenberg expects his players to step up and hold each
other accountable, on and off the court.
to each game he sits down with his guards and tells them what he wants, and
trusts them to carry it out. The point guard is the leader on the court, and Weisenberg
has no intention of slowing down the game and calling out each play.
considers point guard Bria Richardson to be a force on this team, one who is able
and motivated to lead the Waves. She is the team leader and it was obvious from
day one. Weisenberg explained that he received a phone call from her the day he
got the new position and she told him she was ready to work.
also says to watch out for Ea Shoushtari, whom he believes "didn't scratch the
surface of her talent last year" and that "she is going to surprise a lot of
people this year." Furthermore, he calls
Keitra Wallace one of his smartest players, and "if she doesn't let her
intensity waver, she will bring big things this season."
big emphasis this season for Weisenberg is rebounding. He said that every team he
has coached has been in the top three in their league in rebounding and he
expects nothing less from the Waves. He recognizes the team needs to continue
to improve to get there, so he is making rebounding a point of emphasis at each
practice. Weisenberg was proud to outrebound Westmont 49-33 in their exhibition
last week, but he is going to hold his team accountable to repeat that each and
asked what he was most excited about this season, Weisenberg noted "his staff
and the growth of this team." Disappointed that expectations are low and that
no one was mentioned in preseason all-conference honors, Weisenberg is
motivated -- as are his players -- to work hard and compete; saying, "We are
going to make games miserable for our opponents and exciting for our fans."
saw the Westmont matchup as a good test, going up against a very well-coached
team and the defending NAIA champions, and he said it was a good win for the
Waves. He said the players know they need to continue to apply what the coaches
are teaching and to focus on being disciplined on the offensive end, and he
specifically mentioned a high number of missed layups on the offensive end.
Check out Nikolas Skouen, Jeremy Major and Kelsey Brockway in the new edition of This Week at Pepperdine!
The season is underway for the ladies in blue and
orange. Looking forward to a fresh start
with a new gym floor, a new coach and a new spirit, the Waves are ready to
take on the 2013-14 season.
This season Pepperdine is ready to change the tide and in
doing so welcomes Ryan Weisenberg to his inaugural season as head coach. Coach Weisenberg brings
an impressive background working with college and professional teams around the
globe. He is motivated to see his girls
strive on and off the court and is committed to Pepperdine's mission. Coach Weisenberg and the Pepperdine women's
basketball team is committed to compete with a purpose.
This year has already seen great strides and a new
energy starting with Pepperdine's exhibition win over Westmont on Wednesday, made
possible by impressive sophomore Amanda Lovely's game-winning shot with only
2.9 seconds left, lifting the team to a 57-55 victory.
With a young squad of two highly anticipated freshmen, Jaya
Schultz and Allie Green, as well as six sophomores, including Lovely,
Pepperdine is excited to harness the new talent and passion
Welcome to basketball season Pepperdine fans -- Roll Waves!
Name: Marley Biyendolo
Position: Combo Guard (PG/SG)
Hometown: Dingley Village,
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
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
Favorite movie: Superbad
Quote you like to
"Everything happens for a reason."
Name: Amadi Udenyi
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."
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
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
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.
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!