THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine wraps up its 2012-13 regular season when it travels to the Bay Area to take on San Francisco Thursday, Feb. 28 and returns home for the finale against Saint Mary’s in a Saturday matinee at Firestone Fieldhouse March 2.
SENIOR SALUTE: Pepperdine Basketball will honor its senior class of Kelsey Patrick and Shay Cooney-Williams in a special pregame ceremony Saturday before the Saint Mary’s game.
COVERAGE: Week eight of West Coast Conference play will be streamed live online via WaveCasts. Links for WaveCasts and live stats will be available at PepperdineSports.com.
Two senior Waves account for .350 of team’s total scoring load during WCC action.
Pepperdine won its first WCC home opener since 2010 with a 71-67 triumph vs. USF (1/10/13).
Waves struggling to score this season, especially during league play, managing a WCC-low 50.2 points per game in 2013.
WAVES WATCH: 2012-13 BULLETS
After 25 games, Pepperdine ranks fourth in the WCC in 3-point field goal percentage (.316) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.316).
In 25 games, the Waves have scored 357 points (14.3 ppg) off turnovers.
Pepperdine has received plenty of scoring from its bench as Wave reserves average 19.3 points per game off the pine. Pepperdine owns a 483-446 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 26 in 25 contests.
Ea Shoushtari leads the Waves in the last four games, averaging 9.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 assists and 2.5 steals.
WAVES AND DONS
Pepperdine is set to take on San Francisco for the 66th time in program history Thursday in San Francisco.
The Waves own a four- game winning streak against the Dons and have won 9 of the last 11 meetings overall.
Since 2000, Pepperdine owns a 17-10 lead in the series.
The Waves are 13-16 all-time at War Memorial Gym against the Dons.
Pepperdine swept the 2011-12 season series with a 85-69 triumph at War Memorial Gym (12/29/11) and a 77-64 victory in Firestone (1/19/12).
The Waves took the first ever meeting between the two schools with a 58-51 victory in the 1978 AIAW West Regional in Palo Alto
Pepperdine Drops 72-61 Decision at Saint Mary's
Kelsey Patrick continued her strong play turning in her first career double-double performance, but Pepperdine could not overcome a streaking Saint Mary's team and dropped a 72-61 decision Saturday afternoon at McKeon Pavilion.
UP NEXT FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine is set to compete in the 2013 West Coast Conference Championships beginning Wednesday, March 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
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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.