Waves Aim for Season Sweep of Santa Clara as they Host the Broncos on Saturday
Jan. 13, 2012
THIS WEEK: After a loss at BYU on Thursday, the Waves (8-8, 3-2 WCC) return to the friendly confines of Firestone Fieldhouse to host Santa Clara (8-8, 1-2 WCC) in a 2 p.m. PT tilt. This will be the second time the Waves and the Broncos match up in WCC play this season. The Waves previously defeated the Broncos 62-56 and overcame a 13-35 halftime deficit to take the win on the road.
GAME 17: Santa Clara at Pepperdine, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m. PT
WATCH LIVE: If you can't make it out to Firestone Fieldhouse, visit pepperdinesports.com to watch a free video stream via WaveCasts.
AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Postgame on Saturday join the Waves for an autograph session. Meet and get the autograph of all your favorite Waves!
LAST TIME OUT: Playing in front of a large crowd in Provo, Utah, the Waves fell 80-56 to WCC newcomer BYU. This was only the fourth meeting all-time between the Waves and the Cougars. It was also only the second time they have played in Provo, with a previous loss coming in the 2009-10 season. Lauren Bell led the Waves with 16 points, but the Waves could not overcome the sharp shooting of the Cougars. BYU averaged over 50 percent shooting from the field in both halves.
SANTA CLARA: The Broncos come to Firestone Fieldhouse with an 8-8 record, 1-2 in WCC play. The Broncos are led by Alyssa Shoji with 16.6 points per game. She also shoots 51.3 percent from three-point land. Meagan Fulps also averages in double-figures with 11.5 points per game. The Waves and Broncos have already matched up once this year, with the Waves defeating the Broncos 62-56 on New Year's Eve in Santa Clara. The Waves were down 35-13 at half but came back in a big way in the second half to pull out the victory.
MEETINGS WITH THE BRONCOS: The Waves lead in all-time matchups with the Broncos, 32-30, including a 62-56 victory in Santa Clara this year. The Waves have won the last seven games against the Broncos and the last three in Malibu.
CONNECTIONS: Santa Clara's Ruta Zurauskyte was a high school classmate of Pepperdine sophomore T'Keyah Shealy at Colorado's Regis Jesuit ... Their team spent back-to-back seasons ranked in the top 25 nationally and won the 2009 state championship
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 1,048 career points, good for 17th all-time. She joins current teammate Jazmine Jackson in the 1,000 point club. Jackson currently is 12th all-time with 1,246 career points. The watch is on for Lauren Bell to join the fold, as she currently has 912 career points with at least 14 games left in the season.
BUZZER BEATER: The Waves completed a come-from-behind victory with what was arguably the greatest finish in Pepperdine women's basketball history as Shay Cooney-Williams drilled a half court buzzer-beater to give the Waves a 66-63 victory over the Portland Pilots. The shot got national recognition, making it as high as No. 2 on ESPN SportsCenter top plays. Cooney-Williams, was making just her second start all season, led the Waves with 19 points, tying her career high. She also tied another career-high with four three-pointers. Senior guard Katie Menton was another key player for the Waves in the comeback, scoring all 13 of her points in the second half and drilling two three-pointers in the final 30 seconds play to tie the game at 63-63 and set up Cooney-Williams' game-winner. She also led the team with 11 rebounds.
GETTING THE HARDWARE: Lauren Bell was named New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament MVP, as she averaged 12 points, 4 assists and 6.5 steals per game en route to leading the Waves to two wins and the tourney title. She joined fellow senior guard Katie Menton on 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 Menton was named West Coast Women's Basketball Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. Menton had a 21-point and eight-rebound effort in a victory over Idaho. She followed that up with eight points, including two three-pointers against New Mexico.
INJURIES: The Waves started the season off injury-riddled. Usual starters Jazmine Jackson and Skye Barnett have missed three and eight games, respectively. Jackson, the WCC Defensive Player of the Year last season has averaged a team-leading 16.2 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 5.5 points and 4.3 rebounds. Juniors T'Keyah Shealy has only played in five games so far this season, and Audrey Miller only two due to ongoing injuries. Freshman Bria Richardson made 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 11.8 steals The team also leads the WCC with a +6.4 turnover margin. They are also ranked fourth with a .722 free throw percentage. Senior guard Jazmine Jackson leads the conference with 3.2 steals per game and senior guard Lauren Bell is second with 3.1 steals per game and tops in minutes played (38.0 per game). Her seven steals against New Mexico is a single-game high in the WCC. She also ranks sixth with 3.1 assists per game from her point guard position. Jackson is also fifth in the conference as she has averaged 16.2 points per game. Bell also makes the conference top 10 at 10th, averaging 13.4 points per game.
AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS: As a team the Waves are ranked 13th nationally with a +6.38 turnover margin ... They also rank 30th with 11.8 steals per game ... Individually Jazmine Jackson ranks 21st with 3.2 steals per game while Lauren Bell is 34th with 3.1 steals per game.
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 Jackson was 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 had 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.
CHART CLIMBING: Jazmine Jackson ranks fifth on Pepperdine's individual career records chart for total free throws made with 353 ... She is also second all-time with 233 career steals ... She is just six shy of tying the program record of 239, held by Dionne Burgess (1987-90). Lauren Bell ranks seventh in free-throw percentage at .777 ...Her 207 career steals tie her for third-best all-time.
CHART CLIMBING II: With 198 3-point field goals made Katie Menton needs to hit 38 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 .328 ranks her among the all-time top 15 at Pepperdine, has appeared in 106 games.
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.
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 Jackson led the way with 16 points in the series-clinching victory ... Mission Rec won the first game 92-79.
THE WIRE GANG: Another section of the season record book where Jazmine Jackson and Lauren Bell appear 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 49 and 42 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.
IN THE COACHING FOLD: In his fourth year in Malibu, Darryl Brown was 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 ... Previous Pepperdine women's basketball staffers Kristen Dowling and David Johnson returned to the Waves' bench last season ... 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.
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" ... This level of involvement, head coach Julie Rousseau believes, is the key to success in life and on the court - which is giving to others and making the world a better place.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE -- 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 enrollment and is the only school not in a major conference. 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 #55 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges. The 2011-12 school year marks Pepperdine's 75th anniversary.