Jan. 23, 2004
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vs. Loyola Marymount University
Jan. 24, 2004 at 5:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Net (Fox West 2, regional telecast)
Play-by-play: Bill Macdonald / Color: Krista Blunk
Internet Radio: available via pepperdinesports.com
Game Tickets: available by calling 866-WAVETIX
Play-by-Play announcer (radio): Darren Preston
Next Up for Pepperdine
Thurs., Jan. 29......USF......7 pm.............................at San Francisco
This Week's Teams
The Pepperdine women's basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to three games Saturday in its second nationally televised game of the season against cross-town rival, LMU...Last week, after a disappointing trip to the northwest, Pepperdine returned home to defeat Santa Clara and San Diego by a combined 64 points...The Waves set new season-highs in points (90), field-goals made (36), field-goal percentage (50.7), 3-pointers made (14), 3-point percentage (58.3), assists (22), and blocked shots (11) against the Toreros...Shandrika Lee averaged 15 points while dishing out a combined 12 assists, seven rebounds, and five threes...In conference play, Lee has 25 assists and three turnovers for a 8.33 A/T ratio...When the Waves and Lions square-off on Saturday, they will have faced five common opponents (UC Riverside, Gonzaga, Portland, Santa Clara, SDU)...Both squads defeated the Highlanders, Broncos, and Tereros...Today's game features the defending WCC champions, Pepperdine, and a hot LMU team who owns a conference-best 12 games.
Hot Shooting Puts Pepperdine Past San Diego, 90-49
The Waves, paced by junior Shanell Law's 17 points and five 3-pointers, shot a season-high 50.7 percent from the field (36-71) while holding the Toreros to just 34.0 percent. The threesome of Law, Shandrika Lee and Kelly Greathouse combined for 49 of the Waves total points. Lee contributed four 3-pointers and two field goals for 16 points, while Greathouse went 6-for-9 from the field (16 points) and added a career-high five blocks. Lee also pitched in a career-high eight assists for the home team. Nicole Funn donated 11 points, four assists, two blocks, and two steals to round out the double-figure scorers for Pepperdine.
Pepperdine By the Numbers:
Â«Through 17 games, Lee averages a team-high 12.4 points per game, followed by Funn (9.5 ppg.), Law (9.5 ppg.) and Lacy (7.4 ppg.).
Â«In the WCC, the Waves are ranked first in scoring offense (64.9 ppg), offensive rebounds (15.65 rpg), blocks (4.47 bpg) and 3-pointers made (17).
Â«Pepperdine made 37.6 percent of its shots, including 30.3 percent from the three-point line (95-314), and 68.3 from foul line (192-281).
Â«Six players have been high-point this season: Lee (five), Law (four), Funn (three), Lacy (twice), Spencer (twice), and Mayberry (twice).
Â«Funn averages a team-high 5.1 rpg. followed by Lacy and Mayberry (4.4).
Â«Lee ranks first in the WCC after averaging 2.23 3-pointers per game. Law is third with 1.69 per game.
Â«The Waves average 1.1 more blocks per game, outrebound opponents +1.9 per game, and share the same assist/turnover ratio (0.6).
Â«Pepperdine averages 64.9 points per game versus the opponents 68.3.
Â«In the Waves losses, the scoring margin was -24.7. The wins were +20.5.
Quotes From Mark Trakh This Week: "Intensity. That was the difference in last week's games. It's not time to celebrate too hard just yet, though. We want to represent our school well against Loyola Marymount."
"That was the best game we played all year (against San Diego). We put everything together defensively and offensively. Hopefully that is an indication of good things to come."
"The whole team played well. We like to see a lot of people contributing."
Hollywood Gossip... One of the great perks about living in Malibu is you never know who will show up for a game or who will be asked to do what. Just recently, redshirt transfer Syreeta Stafford was invited to play Ryan Seacrest and Roger Lodge (Blind Date host) in basketball on the new show, "On Air with Ryan Seacrest." While the Waves guard lost to Lodge in a free throw shooting event (shall we say, conspiracy?)...she did enjoy a fun day at the Fox studios.
In other news, recent celebrity sightings at a Pepperdine women's basketball games include Chris Harrison (host of The Bachelor) and Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan on Forrest Gump, etc.).
Healing Time: For the first time this season, a complete Pepperdine team has played in three straight games. Prior to those matches, a total of six Pepperdine players have missed at least one game this season due to an injury. Leading scorers Shandrika Lee (knee) and Shanell Law (ankle) are only playing at about 80 percent of their capability.
Double-Trouble: Pep has managed just one double-double performance this season. Jen Lacy turned in the first and only show against Portland State where she had 19 points and 10 boards.
Five Different Players Earn All-Tournament Depth is one advantage the Waves pose this season as five different players stood out at various tournaments. Kelli Spencer and Shanell Law were named to the 2003 Yellowbook Turkey Shoot-out hosted by the Waves during Thanksgiving weekend. After recording 12 points one night and a career-high 28 the next day, Nicole Funn garnered honors at the Malibu Beach Classic. At the Sun & Fun Classic in Miami, Lee earned MVP thanks to a 28-point performance and Shannon Mayberry was named to the all-tournament team.
Perfect Wenski Freshman Lauren Wenski has one stat no one on her team shares: perfection. The Lenexa, Kan., star has gone 11-for-11 at the free throw line this year.
Funn Times On The Court Senior Nicole Funn's numbers this season proves she's one of the top all-around players in the WCC. The forward ranks in six statistical categories: average scoring (7th), total rebounds (12th), assists (14th) offensive rebounds (6th), blocks (4th) and steals (15th). That's what you call going out on a bang!
Are We Seeing a Pattern? For the first time all season, the Waves used the same starting line-up in two consecutive games that resulted in big wins. Can the fivesome consisting of Lee, Wodarski, Funn, Lacy, and Mayberry make it three?
Building Blocks With 14 blocks on the season, Shannon Mayberry needs 15 more to move into the fourth spot on the all-time Pepperdine career block list. Gigi Staggers, a Wave from 1979-83, has 118 and Mayberry currently sits in fifth place.
Record-Breaking Performance The Waves' 14 3-pointers against Santa Diego breaks the Pepperdine all-time single game 3-point record. The previous record occurred in 1995 when Pepperdine hit 12 against Idaho State on Dec. 9.
Scouting the Opponent: Loyola Marymount Â«The Lions enter tonight's contest with a 12-5, 3-1 record. Â«In its last time out, they defeated Santa Clara, 69-59. Â«Loyola Marymount owns the best record in the conference. Â«The Lions only WCC lost came against Gonzaga where they fell 70-54. Statistically, the Lions lead the WCC in defensive rebounds per game (25.41), turnover margin (+1.65) and assist/turnover ratio (0.86). Â«Seniors Kate Murray and Adrianne Slaughter rank among the nation's best in this week's NCAA statistical rankings. Murray ranks eighth in the nation in free throw percentage, shooting 88.9 percent from the charity stripe this season. Slaughter's 1.9 blocks per game are good for the 44th ranking in the nation. Â«Adrianne Slaughter holds the conference season-best mark for blocks per game, tallying five blocks in a December game.
Preview of the 2003-04 Waves:
Â« Trakh welcomes back nine letterwinners, including four starters from last year's team that went 22-8 overall, won the WCC regular-season title with a 12-2 mark, captured its second straight WCC Tournament championship and reached the NCAA Championships for the third time in school history. Pepperdine has the opportunity to be the first women's basketball team in WCC history to win three straight titles and championships if they are victorious this year.
Â« The 2002-03 season marked the third time in the last four years that Pepperdine advanced to the NCAA Championships. After defeating Santa Clara, 69-57, in the title game of the WCC Tournament, the Waves earned the conference's automatic berth and received a No. 12 seed in the West Regional and opened against No. 5 seed Louisiana Tech in the first round. Pepperdine traveled to Ruston, Louisiana, where it succumbed to the Lady Techsters, 94-60, before 4,000 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center on the campus of the Louisiana Tech.
Â« The Waves won 14 of their last 17 games and reached the 20-win plateau for the sixth consecutive season, becoming the first team in WCC history to accomplish the feat.
Head Coach Trakh:
Â« In 11 seasons as the Pepperdine head women's basketball coach, Mark Trakh has built a nationally recognized program that has been able to compete with the country's top teams and become a regular participant in post-season play.
Â« Under Trakh's leadership, Pepperdine has posted six consecutive 20-win seasons, including a 22-8 overall record last year, and a cumulative mark of 190-119 (.615).
Â« The 2002-2003 campaign concluded with the Waves making their fifth straight post-season appearance as they took part in the NCAA Tournament. Over the last six seasons, Pepperdine has registered an overall cumulative record of 132-59 (.696), including a 66-18 (.786) mark in West Coast Conference (WCC) play.
Â« Pepperdine's overall winning percentage (.696) during that time ranks second in the WCC behind Santa Clara (.716, 116-46). The Waves' WCC winning percentage (.780) ranks as the best in the conference.
Mark Trakh openly admits he has two of the best coaches when it comes to recruiting in Jody and Derek Wynn. This season was no exception as the two poured in an exceptional recruiting class:
At the guard, three-point threat Laura Wenski hails from Lenexa, Kansas. As the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, she comes in as the most decorated freshman on the squad. At the two-guard, Kerra Wodarski (Oregon City, Oregon) got the start in two games thus far this season and performed exceptionally well. Jasmine Clarendon (San Bernardino, Calif.) started all four game on the season and currently owns the team's highest shooting percentage (61.1). Finally, Teoisha George (Palmdale, Calif.), adds much needed height to the squad and looks to be a major factor this season when she heals from her injury.
Home Sweet Home:
Â« Pepperdine completed the 2002-03 season with a 12-4 (.750) record in games played at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Â« In 28 seasons, Pepperdine is 320-113 (.739) overall in games played at the 'Stone.
On the Road Again:
Â« The Waves ended the season with a 9-4 overall away record and a 1-0 record in a neutral site.
Â« Pepperdine completed the WCC with a 6-1 road record and the lone loss occured at San Francisco on March 1st.
Last Season's Honors:
Â« The Waves enjoyed tremendous success in post-season awards last year beginning with Pepperdine alum, Tamara McDonald, being named WCC Player of the Year.
Â« Shanell Law is one of seven 2002-03 first-team WCC members back this season. She earned the accolade after finishing first in scoring on the team with 9.9 ppg.
Â« Kelli Spencer garnered first team WCC All-Academic honors and finished with the highest grade point average in women's basketball last season with a 3.9 GPA in Sports Medicine.
Â« The women's basketball program is beginning its 29th intercollegiate season.
Â« The Pepperdine women's program has compiled an overall record to date of 469-359 (.566).
Â« A total of 10 Pepperdine teams have posted 20-plus win campaigns, including six in the last six seasons. Pepperdine made its third overall and third straight NCAA Tournament appearance last year and fell to Louisiana Tech in the first round. The Waves have yet to get past the first round.
Â« Since the WCC league formed in 1985-86, the Waves have captured the league title on four occasions and they've all occured in four of the last five seasons.
Â« The Waves look to be the first team in the WCC to win three straight titles and conference tournaments this season.