2014-15 Pepperdine Women's Hoops Schedule Released
2014-15 PEPPERDINE SCHEDULE | COMPLETE WCC SCHEDULE
Aug. 19, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – Head Coach Ryan Weisenberg announced the 2014-15 Pepperdine women’s basketball schedule today and the 29-game slate features seven national tournament participants from last year. The Waves will travel to Nebraska and play in Iowa’s Hawkeye Challenge early in the year.
Pepperdine opens the year with an exhibition against Cal State Dominguez Hills at home on Nov. 8 before traveling to Nebraska for the team’s regular-season opener on Nov. 15 and to Iowa for the Hawkeye Challenge Nov. 21-22. The Waves WCC opener will be at home against Wells Fargo PCH Cup rival Loyola Marymount on Dec. 29.
“We are really excited about our non-conference schedule this year,” said Weisenberg, who is entering his second season at the helm in Malibu. “We have a couple of Top 25 teams, Iowa and Nebraska, on the schedule early in the year, and also a number of teams that went to the tournament last season. So that’s going to be a great test and a great opportunity for us to see where we’re at heading into conference play.”
The Pepperdine schedule features 11 non-conference games to go along with the full 18-game WCC slate. The Waves will play five national tournament participants during non-conference play (Nebraska, Iowa, Army, Cal State Northridge and Albany) as well as BYU and Gonzaga in WCC action. BYU made a Sweet 16 run last year, while Gonzaga was upset in the first round.
The Waves face both Army (Nov. 30) and Albany (Dec. 19) at home, and will take on CSUN (Dec. 6) on the road. The Albany game will be the Waves’ final non-conference contest before they start WCC play.
A few notable conference dates will be Jan. 10 when BYU comes to town, Jan. 31 when St. Mary’s visits Malibu to close a four-game home stretch for the Waves and Feb. 14 when Gonzaga visits. The Feb. 14 game against Gonzaga will be the final home game of the season. Santa Clara comes to town on Jan. 24 in a rematch of last year’s thrilling double-overtime, 100-93, Pepperdine victory.
The Waves close the year with road games at Santa Clara (Feb. 19), San Francisco (Feb. 21) and finally at LMU (Feb. 28).
“It’s going to be a great WCC season,” said Weisenberg. “Some of the top teams return some really good players, but we also have a few new coaches in the league, so I think it’s going to be wide open this year. If we take care of business and play like I think we can play, I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people.”
Pepperdine will be looking to improve on what had been a promising year last year which was derailed by midseason injuries. The Waves return the core of their 2013-14 squad, including leading-scorer Bria Richardson, who sat out the second half of the season with an injury. Pepperdine also adds transfers Krista Pettepier (Pittsburgh), Haley Videckis (Arizona State) and Layana White (Arizona), as well as a highly touted freshman class to the mix. The Waves did pick up a win in the first round of the WCC Tournament last year, defeating Santa Clara 80-74, before falling to BYU in the quarterfinals.