Nov. 6, 2013
Women's Game Notes
MALIBU, Calif. -- In its lone game of the week the Pepperdine women's basketball team travels to the Pacific Northwest to open the 2013-14 campaign against Seattle, Fri., Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. The contest is one of 11 early season non-conference matchups for Pepperdine and one of six road games in November for the Waves.
COVERAGE: Audio of Friday's game will be broadcast live on WaveCasts with Josh Perigo on the call. Links for WaveCasts and live stats will be available at PepperdineSports.com. Seattle will also provide video and live stats via goseattleu.com.
FOLLOW AND LIKE WAVES WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Be sure and join Pepperdine's growing communities on Facebook and Twitter. Follow and like the Waves today. Facebook: Pepperdine Women's Basketball / Twitter: @PEPPWBKB
HOOPS EXTRA: Pepperdine is providing more insider content to its fans this season via the Hoops Extra basketball blog, which can be accessed at www.pepperdinesports.com/hoopsextra.
MOBILE APP: Pepperdine Athletics has launched a mobile app for iPad, iPhone and Android users. The app is free to download and features live scoring updates, news stories, on-demand video, photo galleries and much more. A subscription platform is also available to watch live video of home games. Go to your app store and search for "Pepperdine Athletics."
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.
CLUTCH EXHIBITION: Amanda Lovely showed her prowess in crunch time during the Waves' first taste of action this season, getting a putback with 2.9 seconds left to defeat defending NAIA Champions Westmont 57-55 in an exhibition contest on Oct. 30. Bria Richardson led the Waves in the game, putting up 11 points and Kelsey Brockway posted a game-high 10 boards.
UP NEXT FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine opens the season at Seattle before heading back to Southern California for a pair of games next week. The Waves play at UCLA Monday and then host UC Irvine in the team's home opener Thursday.
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.
THE ROAD AHEAD: The Waves will play six of their seven games in the month of November on the road, including a three game trip through the Northwest and Great Plains, facing South Dakota State (Nov. 21), Wyoming (Nov. 23) and Oregon (Nov. 25). Pepperdine finishes the month at Long Beach State (Nov. 30). Seven of the team's 11 non-conference contests are away from the friendly confines of the Firestone Fieldhouse. West Coast Conference play doesn't kick off until Dec. 28, when Pepperdine heads to San Diego.
LAST SEASON: Playing through a series of injuries and a tough non-conference slate, Pepperdine struggled to a 5-23 record last season, falling in the opening round of the WCC playoffs to San Francisco after a 2-14 conference record. The Waves did pull off a pair of upsets when fully healthy, downing WAC regular season champion Seattle and WCC foe Saint Mary's.
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 undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that's given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). 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 #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.