WCC Action Comes to Malibu as the Waves Host No. 24 Gonzaga and Portland
Jan. 3, 2012
THIS WEEK: Pepperdine returns to Firestone Fieldhouse for their first West Coast Conference home games this week. The Waves (7-6, 2-0 WCC) will host No. 24 Gonzaga (12-2, 1-0 WCC) on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Portland (7-9, 0-2 WCC) on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Waves are off to a 2-0 start in WCC play for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
GAME 14: No. 24 Gonzaga at Pepperdine, Firestone Fieldhouse, Thursday, January 5, 7 p.m. PT
GAME 15: Portland at Pepperdine, Firestone Fieldhouse, Saturday, January 7, 2 p.m. PT
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT: If you can't make it out to Firestone Fieldhouse this week, watch both games for free via WaveCasts on pepperdinesports.com.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite being down 35-13 at the half to Santa Clara, the Waves came out blazing in the second half, setting the pace with a 62.1 shooting percentage to take a 62-56 victory on the road. The Waves also shored up their defense in the second half, holding the Broncos to 8-of-28 (28.6 percent) shooting. Lauren Bell led the Waves with 18 points in the victory, Jazmine Jackson had 16. Katie Mentonhad all 15 of her points in the second half and was 3-of-6 from behind the three-point line.
GONZAGA: The Bulldogs have won the WCC the last seven years and for the fourth-straight season were preseason picks to take the conference title in 2011-12. So far the Zags are 12-2 on the season and 1-0 in WCC play with an 80-65 victory at Portland on Dec. 29. One of their two losses came to common Pepperdine opponent USC, 58-51 on Dec. 4. The Zags are led by 2010-11 All-WCC performers senior guard/forward Kayla Standish and senior guard Katelan Brown. The two are averaging 15.2 and 12.6 points per game, respectively. Standish also leads the squad with 7.2 boards per game and has collected 17 blocks. Also averaging double-figure scoring is Oregon State transfer guard Haiden Palmer, in her first season in a Bulldog uniform. The sophomore is averaging 12.9 points and has totaled a team-leading 36 steals. The Zags are coached by Kelly Graves, in his 12th season in Spokane.
MEETINGS WITH THE BULLDOGS: The Waves lead the all-time matchups with the Bulldogs 29-26. However, the Zags have won the last five-straight. The last victory for the Waves was a 72-62 win at home in the 2008-09 season. The Waves rattled off 19 straight victories over the Bulldogs from 1995-2003, but since then the Waves have only been 4-16 against the Zags.
PORTLAND:Portland is 7-9 overall and 0-2 in the WCC after losses last week at home to Gonzaga and BYU. The Pilots are led by senior forward/center Natalie Day, who is second in the WCC with 18.2 points per game. She also leads the team with 7.6 rebounds per game. Senior guard ReZina TecleMariam is the only other Pilot averaging in double-figures, with 11.2 points per game. The Pilots are led by head coach Jim Sollars in his 26th season at the helm of the Pilots.
MEETINGS WITH THE PILOTS: The Waves lead the Pilots in all-time matchups, 33-19. At home they are 19-6. Last year they split the series, winning at home 68-58 in overtime, but losing on the road 78-73 in double overtime.
1,000 POINT CLUB: Katie Menton became the 19th Wave all-time to amass at least 1,000 career points. With her eight points against San Francisco on Dec. 29 she broke the barrier and currently sits at 1,020 career points. She joins current teammate Jazmine Jackson in the 1,000 point club. Jackson currently is 12th all-time with 1,220 career points. The watch is on for Lauren Bellto join the fold, as she currently has 902 career points with at least 15 games left in the season.
GETTING THE HARDWARE: For her efforts, Lauren Bell was named tournament MVP, as she averaged 12 points, 4 assists and 6.5 steals per game. She joined fellow senior guard Katie Mentonon the all-tournament team. Menton led the way with 21 points and eight boards in the victory over Idaho and followed up with nine points, including two threes in the title game.
GETTING RECOGNIZED: Senior guard Katie Mentonwas named West Coast Women's Basketball Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. Menton had a 21-point and eight-rebound effort in the victory over Idaho. She followed that up with eight points, including two three-pointers against New Mexico.
INJURIES: The Waves have started the season off injury-riddled. Usual staters Jazmine Jackson and Skye Barnett have missed three and six games, respectively. Jackson, the WCC Defensive Player of the Year last season has averaged a team-leading 17.5 points in the games she has played and Barnett is the emotional spark for the Waves. In the games she has played she has averaged 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds. Juniors T'Keyah Shealy has only played in two games so far this season, and Audrey Miller only two due to ongoing injuries. Freshman Bria Richardsonmade her collegiate debut in the 10th game of the season against Santa Barbara.
IN THE STATS: In typical Pepperdine fashion, the Waves are top in the conference with 11.6 steals per game. The team also leads the WCC with a +6.00 turnover margin. They are also ranked third with a .731 free throw percentage. Senior guard Jazmine Jackson leads the conference with 3.5 steals per game and senior guard Lauren Bellis second with 3.2 steals per game and tops in minutes played (38.8 per game). Her seven steals against New Mexico is a single-game high in the WCC. She also ranks sixth with 3.5 assists per game from her point guard position. Jackson is also fourth in the conference as she has averaged 17.1 points per game. Bell also makes the conference top 10 at 10th, averaging 14.5 points per game.
AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS: As a team the Waves are ranked 23rd nationally with a +6.0 turnover margin ... They also rank 34th with 12.1 steals per game ... Individually Jazmine Jackson ranks 14th with 3.5 steals per game while Lauren Bellis 28th with 3.2 steals per game.
KEY RETURNERS: The Waves return their entire starting lineup from a year ago, including 2010-11 Defensive Player of the Year, Jazmine Jackson. The Waves' point guard Bell also returns and is poised to have a strong season as the field general. Sharp shooter Katie Menton returns for her senior season and boasts a .346 three-point field goal percentage. Skye Barnett, the heart and soul of the squad is ready to have a strong senior season after missing the postseason last year with injury.
JOINING THE FOLD: The Waves boast four freshmen in guards Grace Leah Baughn, Ea Shoushtari and Bria Richardson and forward/center Tessa Emerson. All four come to Malibu after stellar senior seasons and are expected to contribute to the squad.
WCC PRESEASON POLL AND TEAM: For the second-straight season the Waves are picked to finish third in the WCC by a vote of the conference coaches. This year the team came in just two points behind newcomer BYU. Senior guard Jazmine Jacksonwas named to the All-WCC Preseason team after earning First Team All-Conference accolades last season and being named WCC Defensive Player of the Year.
TOUGH NON-CONFERENCE: The Waves have a tough non-conference schedule this season, as they kicked the season off at No. 3 Tennessee and also have a game against 2011 NCAA Tournament participants Fresno State. They also play tough Pac-12 opponents in currently ranked USC and Oregon State.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: With only one home game in the month of November, the Waves became road warriors with a tough non-conference schedule. They traveled to Fullerton, Calif., Boise, Idaho, Albuquerque, N.M. and San Luis Obispo, Calif. in the month of November alone.
2012 RECRUITS: The Waves have signed a four-player 2012 recruiting class, that is ranked No. 7 for mid major programs by ESPN's HoopGurlz. The class includes forward Amanda Lovely and Kelsey Brockway, point guard Alisha Roberts and wing Keitra Wallace.
GETTING A NEW TITLE: In his fourth year in Malibu, Darryl Brownwas named associate head coach. Brown, a former head coach on the Division Ievel at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, Brown has also coached at his alma mater Temple and Montclair State.
CHART CLIMBING: Jazmine Jackson ranks fifth on Pepperdine's individual career records chart for total free throws made with 343 ... Lauren Bellranks seventh in free-throw percentage at .777 ...Her 200 career steals are third all-time ... Elsewhere, Jackson is second all-time with 226 steals ... She is just 13 shy of tying the program record of 239, held by Dionne Burgess (1987-90).
CHART CLIMBING II: With 194 3-point field goals made Katie Mentonneeds to hit 42 more long-range attempts to claim the program's varsity record ... Damaris Hinojosa holds the program record of 236 ... She played in 120 games from 1999-2003 ... Menton, whose career 3-point field-goal percentage of .330 ranks her among the all-time top 15 at Pepperdine, has appeared in 103 games.
SUMMER CHAMPS: For the second-straight summer Jazmine Jackson and Lauren Bell won the 2011 San Francisco Bay Area Women's Pro Am Championship with their Mission Rec Center Team in early August after beating Bay City, 81-59, in game two of their best-of-three series ... Jazmine Jacksonled the way with 16 points in the series-clinching victory ... Mission Rec won the first game 92-79.
AMONG THE WCC LEADERS: Pepperdine finished ranked No. 1 in two categories: turnover margin (+8.0) and steals (12.8) ... Individually, Lauren Bell ranked second in steals (2.8), third in assists (3.9) and third in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) ... Jazmine Jackson finished third in steals (2.6) and minutes played (33.7), and is fifth in free-throw percentage (.826) ... Katie Menton was tops with 2.3 3-point field goals made ... Robie Mayberryplaced second with a .412 3-point field-goal percentage.
THE WIRE GANG: Another section of the season record book where Jazmine Jackson and Lauren Bellappear is the steals category ... Bell's 84 thefts last year are the fourth most in Pepperdine history, while her 2.8 steals average ranks fourth ... The season record for steals of 123 has been held by Donna Tatum since the end of the 1980-81 campaign ... Jackson's 78 steals in 2010-11 rank her tied for fifth on the season records list. This season, both Bell and Jackson are on their way to gracing the record books again, as they have 42 and 35 steals on the year, respectively.
ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES: Junior guard Jazmine Jackson and freshman forward Robie Mayberry both received postseason recognition from the West Coast Conference ... Jackson was named to the 2011 All-Conference Team and voted Defensive Player of the Year ... Mayberry was one of five rookies selected to the 2011 All-Freshman Team ... Jackson is the third Wave to be named WCC Defensive Player of the Year, joining NeSha Thomas (2001) and Kelsey Ball(2006) ... Mayberry is the eighth Wave in as many years to be part of the conference's all-freshman squad.
100 WINS FOR JULIE: Julie Rousseau earned her 100th career victory as Pepperdine's head coach when her Waves defeated Saint Mary's, 69-48, on Feb. 3, 2011 ... Her all-time coaching record currently stands at 111-112 (.498) ... Three of the four previous Pepperdine basketball coaches also reached 100 victories: Mark Trakh(199), Patty Meyers (146) and Ron Fortner (131).
COACHES COME BACK: Previous Pepperdine women's basketball staffers Kristen Dowling and David Johnsonreturned to the Waves' bench this last year ... Johnson, an assistant on Rousseau's first Pepperdine team in 2004-05, left an Aquinas (Calif.) High School boys' basketball team that won the previous three Christian League championships ... Dowling, who served as a graduate assistant from 2006 to 2008, returned to Malibu from Cal State Bakersfield where she was part of a coaching staff that guided the Roadrunners to the two best records in school history.
LET'S TURN THIS SHIP AROUND: Pepperdine's 18-12 campaign in 2010-11 was the third straight winning season for head coach Julie Rousseau'sWaves ... The Rousseau era began with a 1-6 start in her first year of 2004-05 and was followed by three additional sub-par years that dropped her win-loss record to 19 games under .500 ... But over the past three seasons, beginning in 2008-09, the Waves have developed into a winning program and contender for the WCC title ... The Waves have placed third in the WCC at 9-5 each of the last three seasons.
STRIVING FOR GREATNESS THROUGH SERVICE: The women's basketball team is one of the most involved teams at Pepperdine in terms of community service ... In the summer, the team put on a series of basketball clinics for local youth to attend and later it worked at a Santa Monica convalescent home for the second-straight year in early September during the campus-wide "Step Forward Day"