THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine welcomes Bay Area rival Santa Clara to Malibu for a West Coast Conference battle on Thursday, January 17 and then travels to Moraga to tackle Saint Mary’s in a Saturday matinee at McKeon Pavilion.
COVERAGE: Fans unable to make it to Firestone Fieldhouse or to the Bay Area, can check out the games streamed live online via WaveCasts. Links for WaveCasts and live stats will be available at the official cyberspace home for Pepperdine Athletics, PepperdineSports.com. Nick Law will have the call for the Waves against the Broncos and at SMC.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE IMPRESSIONS
Waves shooting a league-best .409 (18-44) from 3-point range during WCC play.
Pepperdine won its first WCC home opener since 2010 with a 71-67 triumph vs. USF (1/10/13).
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 2012-13 BULLETS
After 14 games, Waves rank second in the WCC in both 3-point field goal percentage (.358) and in 3-point defense (.285).
Pepperdine ranks third in the league at the charity stripe connecting on .717 (157-219).
In 14 games, the Waves have scored 217 points (15.5 ppg) off turnovers.
Pepperdine has received plenty of scoring from its bench as Wave reserves average 20.4 points per game off the pine. Pepperdine owns a 286-242 advantage in bench scoring, including a 33-3 margin at Washington (11/27/12).
Shay Cooney-Williams had 18 assists last season in 29 games. This season the senior guard has 46 in 14 contests.
Ea Shoushtari eclipsed her 2011-12 point tally (22) in just two games, averaging 12.5 ppg. The sophomore played in 28 2011-12 games.
Jade McNorton surpassed her 2011-12 scoring output (46) in just seven games after playing in 28 contests with 11 starts as a sophomore.
WAVES AND BRONCOS
Pepperdine is set to take on Santa Clara for the 64th time in program history Thursday in Firestone in a series dating back to the 1978-79 season.
The Waves own an eight- game winning streak against the Broncos.
Since 2000, Pepperdine owns a 19-9 lead in the series.
The Waves are 14-14 all-time at Firestone Fieldhouse against the Broncos and have not lost to SCU in Malibu since a 71-66 loss (1/19/08).
Pepperdine swept the 2011-12 season series with a 62-56 triumph at the Leavey Center (12/31/11) and a 67-57 victory in Firestone (1/14/12).
The Waves took the first ever meeting between the two schools with a 71-52 victory in Malibu.
The Last Meeting
January 14, 2012
Waves Complete Season Sweep of Santa Clara with 67-57 Victory in Malibu
Wearing throwback jerseys to honor Pepperdine's 75th anniversary, the Waves women's basketball team completed the season sweep of Santa Clara, 67-57 at Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. Despite being down 26-24 at the half, the Waves battled back with a strong second half, shooting 52 percent from field to take the lead with 18:13 left in the second half and never trailed again.
GAME 15 - VS. SCU: Thursday (Jan. 17) at Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, Calif.: Pepperdine (4-10, 1-2 WCC) vs. Santa Clara (10-6, 2-1 WCC) at 7:00 p.m.
LAST MEETINGS: at PEP 67, SCU 57 (1/14/12); PEP 62, at SCU 56 (12/31/11); at PEP 91, SCU 65-75 (2/26/11); PEP 69, at SCU 49 (1/27/11)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: Pepperdine leads 33-30/Waves won eight.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB: Internet Video: Yes - PepperdineSports.com (WaveCasts) GameTracker: Yes - PepperdineSports.com Opponent Website: SantaClaraBroncos.com
Broncos have won five of their last six and are 106 overall despite averaging 20.5 turnovers per game.
Meagan Fulps leads three Broncos in double-digit scoring (12.0).
Santa Clara is 4-3 on the road in 2012-13; 1-1 during WCC play.
WAVES AND GAELS
Pepperdine is set to take on Saint Mary’s for the 59th time in program history Saturday afternoon in Moraga in a series dating back to the 1987-88 season.
The Waves have lost three straight and seven of their last 10 vs. SMC.
The Waves are 7-18 all-time at McKeon Pavilion against the Gaels, but have not defeated SMC in Moraga since a 71-64 win (1/16/08).
The Waves took the first ever meeting between the two schools with a 62-61 victory in Moraga (1/14/88).
GAME 16 - AT SMC: Saturday (Jan. 19) at McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, Calif.: Pepperdine at Saint Mary’s (11-4, 3-0 WCC) at 2:00 p.m.
LAST MEETINGS: SMC 67, vs. PEP 63 (3/2/12 - WCC); SMC 63, at PEP 60 (2/25/12); at SMC 56, PEP 43 (1/21/12)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: SMC leads 30-28/Gaels won three.
BEFORE PEPPERDINE: SMC at San Diego (1/17/12)
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB: Internet Audio: Yes - PepperdineSports.com (WaveCasts) Live Stats: Yes - PepperdineSports.com Opponent Website: SMCGaels.com
Saint Mary’s is off to a strong start and has won 10 of its last 12 games.
Jackie Nared leads three SMC players in double-digit scoring at 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game
The Gaels posted an impressive 54-51 home win vs. defending league champion Gonzaga (1/10/13).
WCC WEEK TWO RECAP: Pepperdine split the second week of league play with a 71-67 victory vs. San Francisco (1/10/13) and a 68-42 road loss at Brigham Young (1/12/13).
Pepperdine came from behind to beat San Francisco for the fourth straight time in a game featuring 13 ties and 12 lead changes.
The Waves shot .571 (8-14) from 3-point range, vs. the Dons.
Pepperdine managed just six second half field goals at BYU and shot a chilly .259 (14-54).
The Waves only committed 12 turnovers, but were out-rebounded 44-32.
UP NEXT FOR THE WAVES: After taking on Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s, Pepperdine will open the third week of West Coast Conference play when it hosts defending league champion Gonzaga Thursday, Jan. 24 and then welcomes SoCal foe San Diego for a Saturday matinee in Malibu.
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GETTING IT STARTED IN STYLE: Since game-by-game records started being kept prior to the 1976-77 campaign, Pepperdine owns a 22-15 record in season openers. After upending UC Davis 83-68 on the road, the Waves have won five of their last six season debuts. The only blemish was a 89-57 decision at perennial national power Tennessee to kick off the 2011-12 campaign.
POLL PROGNOSTICATIONS: Pepperdine was picked to finish fifth in the 2012-13 West Coast Conference Coaches Poll. The Waves did not have a selection on the preseason all-WCC team.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY: 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 associated with a BCS 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 No. 54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.