THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine travels to the Pacific Northwest for a pair of tough tests beginning Thursday at Portland. Tip-off against the Pilots is set for 7:00 p.m. from the Chiles Center. The Waves then travel to Spokane to take on defending West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga for the second time in four games in a Saturday matinee.
COVERAGE: Fans unable to make it on the Pacific Northwest road swing 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 at Portland and at Gonzaga.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE IMPRESSIONS
Waves shooting a league-best .378 (37-98) from 3-point range during WCC play.
Waves converting just .311 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
After 18 games, Waves almost shoot better from 3-point range (.357) than overall (.358).
After 18 games, Pepperdine ranks second in the WCC in 3-point field goal percentage (.357) and lead the league in 3-point defense (.287).
Pepperdine ranks third in the league at the charity stripe connecting on .698 (194-278).
In 18 games, the Waves have scored 268 points (14.9 ppg) off turnovers.
Pepperdine has received plenty of scoring from its bench as Wave reserves average 20.8 points per game off the pine. Pepperdine owns a 375-308 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.
WAVES AND PILOTS
Pepperdine is set to take on Portland for the 55th time in program history Thursday in the Rose City in a series dating back to the 1984-85 season.
The two teams have split the season series in each of the last four years and three games have required overtime.
Since 2000, Pepperdine owns a 20-7 lead in the series and opened the decade winning 15 of the first 16 meetings.
The Waves are 12-13 all-time against the Pilots at the Chiles Center.
Pepperdine won 14 straight games from 1998-2003.
Last season Shay Cooney-Williams hit a halfcourt shot to down Portland 66-63 in Malibu (1/7/12), but the Pilots took a 58-56 overtime victory in the Chiles Center (2/16/12).
The Last Meeting
February 16, 2012
Waves Drop Overtime Contest at Portland, 58-56
The Pepperdine Waves women's basketball team fell in overtime 58-56 at Portland's Chiles Center on Thursday evening. The Waves and Pilots were deadlocked at 51-51 after regulation, but through five minutes of overtime the Pilots were able to pull out the win as a last-second shot by the Waves to tie things up did not fall.
UP NEXT FOR THE WAVES: After taking on Portland and Gonzaga, Pepperdine open a hectic stretch of three games in seven days, starting Saturday, Feb. 9 vs. Portland. The Waves then travel to San Diego for a Monday night contest and then return home to welcome Brigham Young for a matinee Saturday, Feb. 16 at Firestone Fieldhouse.
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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.