Pepperdine Hits the Road Against No. 15/20 Gonzaga, Portland
Feb. 4, 2014
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Pepperdine women’s basketball team hits the road for a pair of games in the Pacific Northwest, heading to No. 15/20 Gonzaga on Thursday (6 p.m.) and Portland on Saturday (2 p.m.)
COVERAGE: Live audio of both games will be available for free on WaveCasts and live stats will be available on gozags.com and portlandpilots.com.
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HOW THEY MATCH UP: Thursday’s game will be the 61st meeting between Pepperdine and Gonzaga, with the Bulldogs holding a 31-29 lead. Gonzaga defeated the Waves 69-39 last time the two teams met. The Bulldogs have won 10 straight. Saturday will be the 58th meeting between the Waves and Portland, with Pepperdine holding a 34-23 lead in the all-time series. The Pilots won the last meeting between the squads, 53-43, earlier this year. Portland has won four straight in the series.
THE OPPOSITION AT A GLANCE: Gonzaga comes into play on a 10 game winning streak and ranked 15th in the USA Today Coaches Poll/20th in the AP Poll. The Zags beat San Francisco and Santa Clara at home last week, putting up a season high 101 points against the Dons last time out. Portland split its two games against SCU and USF last week, falling to the Dons by one point and then defeating the Broncos to close the week. The Pilots are 3-2 in their last five games.
LAST TIME OUT: The Waves had one game on the schedule last week, facing Loyola Marymount in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup matchup. LMU shot 56 percent for the game to win 90-74 and sweep the season series between the rivals. The Waves did have one of their better shooting games of the year, hitting 44.6 percent of their shots.
SCOUTING FEBRUARY: The Waves open the month of February with three games on the road before heading home for the final homestand of the season. Following its game at LMU, Pepperdine heads to the Northwest for games against No. 17 Gonzaga and Portland. The Waves will have four home games over the next two weeks (Pacific, Saint Mary’s, BYU and San Diego) before finishing the regular season on the road.
INJURY REPORT: The Waves got down to a seven player rotation over the last month, losing numerous players to injury. Pepperdine played with nine active players last time out after the return of Allie Green. Currently Bria Richardson is still day-to-day with her injury. Keitra Wallace and Amanda Lovely returned to the lineup the previous week after brief stints sidelined with ailments as well. The Waves’ top three scorers (Richardson, Wallace and Green) have all seen significant time on the bench due to injury lately and with Richardson still sidelined, Pepperdine is missing 16.9 points and 3.6 assists per game.
WCC NOTES: The Waves’ 33.9 percent shooting from 3-point territory is good for third in the WCC and 76th in the nation. Pepperdine is third in 3-point field goal defense with opponents shooting 30.1 percent from deep. Bria Richardson is third in the conference and 32nd in the nation with 2.65 steals per game. Ea Shoushtari is fifth with 2.0 3-pointers made per game and her 31.3 3-point percentage is also fifth. Ricahrdson’s 16.9 points per game is fourth in the WCC. Richardson is shooting 44.2 percent from the floor and Allie Green is shooting 41.2 percent, good for sixth and ninth in the conference.
2013-14 ROSTER: This year’s roster does not feature a single senior. There are five juniors (one sitting out due to transfer rules), six sophomores (two sitting out due to transfer rules) and a pair of freshmen in the fold for the 2013-14 season.
TRANSFERS: Pepperdine has three players currently sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules after changing locales. Krista Pettepier is a 6-2 forward who transferred from Pittsburgh after playing one season for the Panthers. Haley Videckis is a 6-0 forward who comes to Malibu by way of Arizona State after one season of play for the Sun Devils. Both Pettepier and Videckis transferred in before the start of the 2013-14 season and will be eligible to play next season. Layana White transferred in mid-year this season, coming to the Waves after two years at Arizona. White is a 5-9 guard and will be eligible to play in December of next season.
Ryan Weisenberg ERA: The start of the 2013-14 season marks the opening of the Ryan Weisenberg era at Pepperdine. Weisenberg has made stops on the professional, collegiate and prep level during his coaching tenure, most recently coaching the Manawatu Jets in the New Zealand National Basketball League. Weisenberg has also spent time on the staffs of the Los Angeles Lakers and Sparks, winning a total of five titles with the teams from 2000-05. He is the sixth coach in program history.
CAMPUS LIFE PROJECT: In May 2011, Pepperdine launched The Campaign for Pepperdine, the largest fundraising campaign in the University’s history. The goal is to raise $450 million to support the Campus Life Project, which will benefit the entire campus. The key piece for Athletics is a new, state-of-the-art, 5,000-seat University Events Center, which will replace Firestone Fieldhouse as the Waves’ home. The project has been approved by the County of Los Angeles and the California Coastal Commission, so the biggest step remaining before the arena can be built is fundraising.
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