Waves to Face Rival LMU in Second Round of Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships
Feb. 29, 2012
THIS WEEK: The Waves (13-14, 8-8 WCC) will face crosstown rival Loyola Marymount (8-21, 3-13 WCC) in the second round of the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. at 12 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 1. The Waves are in the game by virtue of securing the No. 5 seed in the tournament through regular season conference play, while the Lions advanced after beating San Francisco 66-60 in the first round of the tournament.
GAME 28: No. 5 seed Pepperdine vs. No. 8 seed Loyola Marymount, Thursday, March 1, 12 p.m. PT, Orleans Arena, BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court.
WATCH AND LISTEN LIVE: Watch the game on BYUtv/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court or listen for free via WaveCasts on pepperdinesports.com. An audio broadcast will also be available on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio/wccsports.com.
LAST TIME OUT: The Waves finished out the regular season with two home games, defeating rival Loyola Marymount 65-61 on Thursday to capture one point in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup. The Waves overcame a 39-29 halftime deficit to defeat the visiting Lions and extend the winning streak over LMU to seven games. Then on Saturday, Senior Day for Lauren Bell, Jazmine Jackson, Katie Menton and Skye Barnett, the Waves fell 63-60 to visiting Saint Mary's. Menton had a team-high 17 points, but the Waves were plagued by a poor shooting day and were unable to overcome the deficit.
CONFERENCE HONORS: Jazmine Jackson became the only Wave to ever be named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year for two-straight seasons. She is just the third player in conference history to win the honor twice, after Louella Tomlinson of Saint Mary's won in 2009 and 2010 and Toni Russell of San Francisco took home the honors in 2004 and 2005. She also continued the Waves' streak of having at least one player named to the All-WCC team to 27 seasons, as she earned the honor for the second-straight season. Fellow senior guard Lauren Bell earned honorable mention honors for the first time in her career.
IN THE WCC TOURNAMENT: The Waves have made 19 appearances in the WCC Tournament, winning three championships, the last in 2006. Their all-time record in tournament play is 20-16 (.556). Last season as a No. 3 seed, they fell in the first round to No. 7 San Diego, 77-68. The last time they were a No. 5 seed was in 2007, where they made it to the semifinals, but fell in overtime to No. 3 Loyola Marymount, 64-61. Overall as the No. 5 seed they are 3-4 in the tournament.
WELLS FARGO PCH CUP -- An annual all-sport competition between two local rivals that are separated by just 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, the Wells Fargo PCH Cup is in its third season of existence. Pepperdine won the first two cups and leads Loyola Marymount in the 2011-12 standings by the score of 8.5 to 5.5. One Wells Fargo PCH Cup point is on the line in this neutral conference championship tilt.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: The Lions lost their final six games of the regular season before defeating San Francisco 66-60 in the first round of the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championship. The team is led by redshirt junior Alex Cowling, who just broke the decade-old LMU women's basketball career scoring mark of 1,662 points. With a minimum of one game left, plus her senior season, she has the chance to become the first women's basketball player at LMU to eclipse 2,000 career points as she currently sits at 1,712. Overall she is averaging 22.5 points per game for the Lions. She is the only Lion averaging in double-figure scoring. Point guard Hazel Ramirez is just shy with 10.3 points per game.
MEETINGS WITH THE LIONS: The Waves lead the series between the rivals 50-17. The Waves and Lions have met four times on a neutral site, with the Waves leading 3-1 in those matchups. The last time they matched up in the WCC Tournament was in the quarterfinals in 2010, where the Waves won 60-51. That year they made a run as the No. 3 seed to the tournament championships before falling to Gonzaga, 76-48.The Waves are on a seven-game winning streak against the Lions stemming back to the 2008-09 season. The teams first met on December 15, 1980 -- a 105-57 Waves' victory in Malibu.
1,000 POINT CLUB: Lauren Bell became the 20th Wave all-time to amass at least 1,000 career points on Feb. 6 at Loyola Marymount, as her 15 points gaver her 1,009 career points. To date she has 1055 career points, good for 17th all-time. Katie Menton joined the fold as her eight points against San Francisco on Dec. 29 she broke the barrier and currently sits at 1,143 career points, good for 16th all-time. She joins current teammate Jazmine Jackson in the 1,000 point club. Jackson currently is eighth all-time with 1,393 career points. She just needs seven more points to become the eighth Wave all-time to score 1,400 or more career points. The Waves now have three starters with over 1,000 career points.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior guard Lauren Bell was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Feb. 6 for her career-high 26 points in victory over then-No. 22 BYU on Thursday, Feb. 2. She also tied her career-high of four made three-pointers as she went 4-of-6 from behind the three-point arc. The honor was the first Player of the Week award of her career and the first for the Waves this season.
BUZZER BEATER: The Waves completed a come-from-behind victory with what was arguably the greatest finish in Pepperdine women's basketball history as Shay Cooney-Williams drilled a half court buzzer-beater to give the Waves a 66-63 victory over the Portland Pilots. The shot got national recognition, making it as high as No. 2 on ESPN SportsCenter top plays. Cooney-Williams, was making just her second start all season, led the Waves with 19 points, tying her career high. She also tied another career-high with four three-pointers. Senior guard Katie Menton was another key player for the Waves in the comeback, scoring all 13 of her points in the second half and drilling two three-pointers in the final 30 seconds play to tie the game at 63-63 and set up Cooney-Williams' game-winner. She also led the team with 11 rebounds.
GETTING THE HARDWARE: Lauren Bell was named New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament MVP, as she averaged 12 points, 4 assists and 6.5 steals per game en route to leading the Waves to two wins and the tourney title. She joined fellow senior guard Katie Menton on the all-tournament team. Menton led the way with 21 points and eight boards in the victory over Idaho and followed up with nine points, including two threes in the title game.
GETTING RECOGNIZED: Senior guard Katie Menton was named West Coast Women's Basketball Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. Menton had a 21-point and eight-rebound effort in a victory over Idaho. She followed that up with eight points, including two three-pointers against New Mexico.
INJURIES: The Waves started the season off injury-riddled. Usual starters Jazmine Jackson and Skye Barnett have missed three and eight games, respectively. Sophomore Robie Mayberry has not played since Jan. 21 due to a concussion. Juniors T'Keyah Shealy has only played in 16 games so far this season, and Audrey Miller only two due to ongoing injuries. Freshman Bria Richardson made her collegiate debut in the 10th game of the season against Santa Barbara after suffering a separated shoulder in the offseason.
IN THE STATS: In typical Pepperdine fashion, the Waves are top in the conference with 11.2 steals The team also leads the WCC with a +5.2 turnover margin. Senior guard Lauren Bell leads the conference with 2.8 steals per game and senior guard Jazmine Jackson is second with 2.7 steals per game. Bell is also tops in minutes played (37.3 per game), while Jackson is second with 36.1 minute per game. Bell's seven steals against New Mexico is a single-game high in the WCC. She also ranks fourth with 3.4 assists per game from her point guard position. Jackson is also seventh in the conference as she has averaged 14.3 points per game. Bell is just outside the conference top 10 at 11th, averaging 12.6 points per game.
AMONG THE NCAA LEADERS: As a team the Waves are ranked 20th nationally with a +5.08 turnover margin ... They also rank 32nd with 11.1 steals per game ... Individually Lauren Bell ranks 29th with 2.9 steals per game while Jazmine Jackson is 58th with 2.6 steals per game. JOINING THE FOLD: The Waves boast four freshmen in guards Grace Leah Baughn, Ea Shoushtari and Bria Richardson and forward/center Tessa Emerson. All four come to Malibu after stellar senior seasons and are expected to contribute to the squad.
WCC PRESEASON POLL AND TEAM: For the second-straight season the Waves are picked to finish third in the WCC by a vote of the conference coaches. This year the team came in just two points behind newcomer BYU. Senior guard Jazmine Jackson was named to the All-WCC Preseason team after earning First Team All-Conference accolades last season and being named WCC Defensive Player of the Year.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: With only one home game in the month of November, the Waves became road warriors with a tough non-conference schedule. They traveled to Fullerton, Calif., Boise, Idaho, Albuquerque, N.M. and San Luis Obispo, Calif. in the month of November alone.
2012 RECRUITS: The Waves have signed a four-player 2012 recruiting class, that is ranked No. 7 for mid major programs by ESPN's HoopGurlz. The class includes forward Amanda Lovely and Kelsey Brockway, point guard Alisha Roberts and wing Keitra Wallace. Brockway was just named a top-50 finalist for McDonalds High School All-America.
CHART CLIMBING: Jazmine Jackson is the all-time Pepperdine steals leader with 255 to date. She broke Dionne Burgess' record of 239 that has stood since 1990 ... She shattered the record with five steals at Saint Mary's on Jan. 21 ... She also ranks third on Pepperdine's individual career records chart for total free throws made with 385.... Her 1,291 career field goals attempted is seventh all-time at Pepperdine ... Lauren Bell ranks tied for seventh in free-throw percentage at .772 ...Her 233 career steals are third-best all-time and just six away from tying for second ... Also her 321 career assists rank 10th all-time at Pepperdine.
CHART CLIMBING II: With 212 3-point field goals made Katie Menton needs to hit 24 more long-range attempts to claim the program's varsity record ... Damaris Hinojosa holds the program record of 236 ... She played in 120 games from 1999-2003 ... Menton, whose career three-point field-goal percentage of .328 ranks her among the all-time top 15 at Pepperdine, has appeared in 115 games.
SUMMER CHAMPS: For the second-straight summer Jazmine Jackson and Lauren Bell won the 2011 San Francisco Bay Area Women's Pro Am Championship with their Mission Rec Center Team in early August after beating Bay City, 81-59, in game two of their best-of-three series ... Jazmine Jackson led the way with 16 points in the series-clinching victory ... Mission Rec won the first game 92-79.
THE WIRE GANG: Another section of the season record book where Jazmine Jackson and Lauren Bell appear is the steals category ... Bell's 84 thefts last year are the fourth most in Pepperdine history, while her 2.8 steals average ranks fourth ... The season record for steals of 123 has been held by Donna Tatum since the end of the 1980-81 campaign ... Jackson's 78 steals in 2010-11 rank her tied for fifth on the season records list. This season, both Bell and Jackson are on their way to gracing the record books again, as they have 75 and 64 steals on the year, respectively.
IN THE COACHING FOLD: In his fourth year in Malibu, Darryl Brown was named associate head coach. Brown, a former head coach on the Division Ievel at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, Brown has also coached at his alma mater Temple and Montclair State ... Previous Pepperdine women's basketball staffers Kristen Dowling and David Johnson returned to the Waves' bench last season ... Johnson, an assistant on Rousseau's first Pepperdine team in 2004-05, left an Aquinas (Calif.) High School boys' basketball team that won the previous three Christian League championships ... Dowling, who served as a graduate assistant from 2006 to 2008, returned to Malibu from Cal State Bakersfield where she was part of a coaching staff that guided the Roadrunners to the two best records in school history.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE -- 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 in a major 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 #55 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges. The 2011-12 school year marks Pepperdine's 75th anniversary.