THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine returns to Malibu for a pair of games, starting Thursday, January 24 against defending West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga. The Waves then welcome San Diego for a Saturday matinee.
COVERAGE: Fans unable to make it to Firestone Fieldhouse 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 Gonzaga and San Diego.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE IMPRESSIONS
Waves shooting a league-best .390 (30-77) from 3-point range during WCC play.
Waves converting just .285 from the field when shooting inside the 3-point arc.
Pepperdine won its first WCC home opener since 2010 with a 71-67 triumph vs. USF (1/10/13).
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 2012-13 BULLETS
Through 16 games, Pepperdine shoots better from 3-point range (.359) than overall (.358).
After 16 games, Waves rank second in the WCC in 3-point field goal percentage (.359) and lead the league in 3-point defense (.280).
Pepperdine ranks third in the league at the charity stripe connecting on .702 (172-245).
In 16 games, the Waves have scored 246 points (15.4 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 327-263 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 50 in 16 contests.
Jade McNorton surpassed her 2011-12 scoring output (46) in just seven games after playing in 28 contests with 11 starts as a sophomore.
The Last Meeting
February 18, 2012
Waves Hang Tight in First Half, But Fall 66-40 at Gonzaga
After hanging tight in the first half with the Gonzaga Bulldogs on the road at the McCarthey Athletic Center, the Pepperdine women's basketball team fell victim to a big second half by the Bulldogs, finishing with a 66-40 loss.
Waves Fall to Visiting San Diego, 56-46
The Pepperdine women's basketball team saw their two-game winning streak snapped Saturday afternoon at the hands of the visiting San Diego Toreros, 56-46. Senior guards Jazmine Jackson and Katie Menton were double-figure scorers for the Waves, collecting 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Pepperdine is set to take on Gonzaga for the 58th time in program history Thursday in Firestone in a series dating back to the 1987-88 season.
The Zags own an seven- game winning streak against the Waves and have won 11 of the last 12.
Since 2000, Gonzaga owns a 18-14 lead in the series and the Waves opened the decade winning 11 of the first 12 meetings.
The Waves are 15-10 all-time at Firestone Fieldhouse against the Zags.
Pepperdine won 19 straight games from 1996-2003.
Gonzaga swept the 2011-12 season series with a 79-50 win in Malibu (1/5/12) and a 66-40 triumph in Spokane (2/18/12).
GAME 17 - VS. GONZAGA: Thursday (Jan. 24) at Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, Calif.: Pepperdine (4-12, 1-4 WCC) vs. Gonzaga (15-5, 5-1 WCC) at 7:00 p.m.
LAST MEETINGS: at GON 66, PEP 40 (2/18/12); GON 79, at PEP 50 (1/5/12); at GON 73, PEP 59 (2/12/11); GON 80, at PEP 61 (1/13/11)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: Pepperdine leads 29-28/Zags won seven.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB: Internet Video: Yes - PepperdineSports.com (WaveCasts) GameTracker: Yes - PepperdineSports.com Opponent Website: GoZags.com
Gonzaga owns a sparkling 5-1 road mark with the only loss coming at Saint Mary’s (54-51).
The Bulldogs opened the season with five straight wins, including wins at USC (63-52) and vs. Wisconsin (62-53).
Gonzaga leads the league in field goal percentage defense (.381).
WAVES AND TOREROS
Pepperdine is set to take on San Diego for the 65th time in program history Saturday afternoon in a series dating back to the 1978-79 season.
After a four-game winning streak from 2010-11, San Diego has won the last three, including a 77-68 win in the quarterfinals of the 2011 WCC Championships.
The Waves are 17-11 all-time against the Toreros at Firestone Fieldhouse.
The Waves took the first ever meeting between the two schools with a 109-56 victory in Malibu (2/23/79).
Pepperdine won 13 straight games between 2001 and 2006.
GAME 18 - VS. SAN DIEGO: Saturday (Jan. 26) at Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, Calif.: San Diego (11-7, 3-3 WCC) at Pepperdine at 2:00 p.m.
LAST MEETINGS: USD 56, at PEP 46 (2/11/12); at USD 70, PEP 39 (1/28/12); USD 77, PEP 68 (3/5/11 - WCC); at PEP 61, USD 55 (2/5/11); PEP 69, at USD 52 (1/6/11).
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: PEP leads 42-26/Toreros won three.
BEFORE PEPPERDINE: Portland at San Diego (1/24/12)
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB: Internet Video: Yes - PepperdineSports.com (WaveCasts) Live Stats: Yes - PepperdineSports.com Opponent Website: USDToreros.com
San Diego leads the WCC in field goal percentage (.434) but is eighth from 3-point range (.285).
Amy Kame leads the Toreros in scoring (17.7).
The Toreros posted an impressive 73-70 road win at Saint Mary’s (1/17/13).
WCC WEEK THREE RECAP: Pepperdine suffered a sweep during week three of the West Coast Conference season, falling to Santa Clara 38-36 and then dropped a 72-61 decision at Saint Mary’s.
Pepperdine and Santa Clara combined to miss 91 field goals in the lowest scoring game in the 64-game series dating to the 1978-79 campaign.
Kelsey Patrick recorded her first career double-double with 18 points (including five 3-pointers) and 11 rebounds.
Eight of Pepperdine’s 20 field goals were 3-pointers and shot .471 (8-17) from deep. The Waves shot .357 (20-56) overall from the floor.
SMC out-rebounded the Waves 52-37.
Kelsey Patrick collected her first career double-double, setting career highs with 18 points and 11 rebounds at Saint Mary’s (1/22/13).
Jade McNorton recorded her first collegiate double-double with a 13-point, 11-rebound night vs. Seattle U. (12/14/12).
Robie Mayberry turned in her first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against South Dakota (11/23/12). The 10 rebounds were a career-high.
Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) turned in the first double-double of her Pepperdine career with a 14-point, 10-rebound effort at USC (11/18/12).
UP NEXT FOR THE WAVES: After taking on Gonzaga and San Diego, Pepperdine will open the fourth week of West Coast Conference play when it travels to the Pacific Northwest to take on Portland Thursday, Jan. 31 and then takes on defending league champion Gonzaga in a Saturday matinee in Spokane, Wash.
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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.