Pepperdine Opens 2012-13 Season At UC Davis Friday
Nov. 8, 2012
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine opens the 38th season of women’s basketball when it travels to Northern California to take on UC Davis Friday, November 9. Tip-off time against the Aggies is set for 7:00 p.m. in The Pavilion. The Waves return home for a rare Monday game when they host UC Riverside in the 2012-13 home opener November 12. Game time against the Highlanders is set for 7:00 p.m. from Firestone Fieldhouse.
COVERAGE: Fans that can’t make it to Davis or Malibu can check out the game streamed live online via WaveCasts. Gametracker will provide live statistics for all home events at the official cyberspace home for Pepperdine Athletics, PepperdineSports.com. Nick Law will have the call for the Waves and Aggies live from Davis.
GAME ONE - AT UC DAVIS: Friday (Nov. 9) at The Pavilion, Davis, Calif.: Pepperdine (0-0) at UC Davis (0-0) at 7:00 p.m.
LAST MEETINGS: UC Davis 70, at Pepperdine 62 (11/19/10); Pepperdine 72 vs. UC Davis 40 (1/3/87); Pepperdine def. UC Davis 39-35 (1/8/77)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: Pepperdine leads 2-1/UC Davis won one
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:
GAME TWO - UC RIVERSIDE: Monday (Nov. 12) at Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, Calif.: Pepperdine vs. UC Davis (0-0) at 7:00 p.m.
BEFORE PEPPERDINE: UC Riverside opens the season vs. Gonzaga (Nov. 9)
LAST THREE MEETINGS: Pepperdine 65, at UC Riverside 61 (12/28/10); UC Riverside 80, at Pepperdine 72 (11/24/09); at UC Riverside 65, Pepperdine 51 (12/6/06)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: Pepperdine leads 11-3/Pepperdine won one
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:
WAVES AGAINST THE BIG WEST: Pepperdine owns a 107-60 overall record against current members of the Big West Conference. The Waves trail in the all-time series to just two schools: Long Beach State (3-10) and new Big West member Hawaii (4-6) and have posted 20 wins against Cal State Northridge (24-3) and UC Irvine (20-11).
LET’S GET IT STARTED: Since game-by-game records started being kept prior to the 1976-77 campaign, Pepperdine owns a 21-15 record in season openers. Before dropping a 89-57 decision at perennial national power Tennessee last season, Pepperdine had won four-straight season openers after losing six in a row from 2001 to 2006. In the Rousseau era the Waves are 4-4 in season openers. Pepperdine has started 15 seasons at home, 12 on neutral courts and nine away from Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves are 11-4 in home season openers.
A LOOK AT THE NEWCOMERS: Entering 2012-13, Pepperdine will go into battle missing four of its top-five scorers from last season, representing 70 percent of the total offense. The Waves addressed this by securing five outstanding freshmen ready to make a mark in 2012-13. Kelsey Brockway (Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes HS), Amanda Lovely (Palo Alto, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS), Monet McNally (Santa Clarita, Calif./L.A. Baptist HS), Alisha Roberts (Burnaby B.C./York House School) and Keitra Wallace (Brea, Calif./Brea Olinda HS) all turned in prolific prep careers with strong programs. Erica Chandler (Charlotte, N.C./George Washington) enters as a junior transfer and looks to contribute in her first season on the West Coast after spending two years at George Washington.
UPPERCLASSMEN READY TO LEAD: Pepperdine welcomes back a solid core of returning players and all will be expected to provide guidance and leadership for a roster returning just four upperclassmen. The Waves’ two-member senior class looks to rise to the occasion in their final season on the Malibu campus. Kelsey Patrick (Mukilteo, Wash.) is the team’s top returning scorer and elevated her game during league play last season, averaging 6.2 points and 4.0 rebounds while starting all 16 WCC contests as a junior. Shay Cooney-Williams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) appeared in 29 games with five starting nods and added 4.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game for the Waves. Robie Mayberry (San Leandro, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd HS) appeared in 17 games as a sophomore, averaging 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game until suffering a season-ending injury. Jade McNorton (Boise, Idaho/Centennial HS) played in 28 games with 11 starts as a redshirt sophomore, averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds.
POLL PROGNOSTICATIONS: Pepperdine was picked to finish fifth in the 2012-13 West Coast Conference Coaches Poll.
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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 #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.