Waves WBB Plays Host To UCSB Friday In 2010-11 Season Opener
Nov. 10, 2010
Date & Time: Friday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.
Location/Arena: Malibu, Calif./ Firestone Fieldhouse (3,104)
Broadcasters: Spencer Thurling/Tony Simeone
KTMS AM 990/UCSBgauchos.com
Broadcasters: Josh Suchon/Matt Hurst
Pepperdine - Julie Rousseau
Overall/School Record: 86-94, 7th year
WCC Record at Pepperdine: 44-40, 7th year
UC Santa Barbara - Lindsay Gottlieb
Overall/School Record: 37-27, 3rd year
Big West Record at UCSB: 24-8, 3rd year
Click on this link to watch the latest episode of "Coach's Corner With Julie Rousseau" - http://pepperdinesports.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=209329
NO OPENING-NIGHT JITTERS: Since game-by-game records started being kept prior to the 1976-77 campaign, Pepperdine owns a 20-14 record in season openers ... Twice the Waves have started their year vs. UC Santa Barbara, beating them 84-55 in Nov. of 1978 at the Cal Poly Tournament and 93-57 at home in Dec. of 1987 ... Pepperdine has won its last three-straight season openers after losing six in a row from 2001 to 2006 ... Including tonight, Pepperdine has started 15 seasons at home, 12 on neutral courts and eight away from Firestone Fieldhouse ... The Waves are 10-4 in home season openers.
FREE! FREE! FREE!: All 15 of Pepperdine women's basketball home games and the majority of road contests will be broadcast live and for FREE over the world wide web at PepperdineSports.com via WaveCasts ... Click on the WaveCasts link found on each team's home page for more information.
WAVES ENTER FIFTH DECADE OF WBB: The 36th season of Pepperdine women's basketball officially begins Friday night when the Waves take to the court at Firestone Fieldhouse vs. regional rival UC Santa Barbara ... The past decade (2001-10) of women's hoops was especially good for coaches Mark Trakh and Julie Rousseau as they combined for a .556 winning percentage, four 20-win seasons, three WCC Tournament Championships and four NCAA Appearances ... Additionally, Tamara McDonald (2003) was named WCC Player of the Year ... NeSha Thomas (2001) and Kelsey Ball (2006) earned WCC Defender of the Year honors and Damaris Hinojosa (2000) was tabbed WCC Freshman of the Year ... 29 players were recognized as All-WCC selections, another seven made the WCC All-Freshman Team and 12 received the distinction of being named WCC All-Academic.
WAY OF A GAUCHO: UCSB returns three all-conference honorees from last season in Emilie Johnson, Mekia Valentine and Sweets Underwood, while Cal transfers Kelsey Adrian and Angelei Aguirre will play their first games wearing the blue and gold this year ... Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb, the 2008-09 Big West Coach of the Year, is at the start of her third season and owns an overall record of 37-27 (24-8 vs. Big West) ... UCSB was tabbed to finish fourth in the Big West preseason media poll despite receiving three first-place votes ... The Gauchos finished 2009-10 with a 15-17 record (9-7 Big West) and advanced as far as their conference tournament semifinals.
LAST TIME OUT VS. UCSB: Pepperdine defeated UCSB, 56-49, at The Thunderdome on Dec. 20, 2009 which was its second straight win over the Gauchos and lifted its all-time series record against them to 12-13 ... In a game that saw 29 combined turnovers and 29 percent shooting from the field, Pepperdine held UCSB to only 42 field goal attempts, which is one of the lowest single-game totals in Gaucho history ... UCSB's last win at Pepperdine took place in December of 2006
PEPPERDINE/UCSB DID YOU KNOW?: That in March of 1983 former Pepperdine star Fannie Allen scored 39 points against the Gauchos ... Allen's single-game point total ranks her tied for fourth among all UCSB opponents ... That in December of 1987, Earnesta Grace established the Pepperdine single-game record with nine blocks vs. the Gauchos ... Miranda Ayim tied this record in February of 2010 vs. Saint Mary's ... That in 25 meetings between the Waves and Gauchos only one has gone to overtime - a 72-69 win for UCSB during the 1984-85 season.
WAVES BOTTLE UP WARRIORS: Pepperdine got the job done on both ends of the court in last Monday (11/1) night's 98-56 exhibition victory over Westmont College ... The Waves forced 30 turnovers, pulled down 25 rebounds off the defensive glass and watched the Warriors go cold at the free-throw line as they made only 40 percent of their shots (8-for-20) ... Offensively, five players scored in double figures for the Waves led by Shay Cooney-Williams' 21-point effort on 8-of-12 shooting ... Kelsey Patrick was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and added six points from the charity stripe on top of coming back with five offensive rebounds ... Patrick would finish the game two boards short of a double-double ... Jazmine Jackson and Lauren Bell led all players with six assists each.
COACH'S CORNER: Throughout the 2010-11 women's basketball season Pepperdine head coach Julie Rousseau and Director of Sports Productions Kira Elste will bring fans a closer look at the program with their new weekly interview show "Coach's Corner" ... Episodes are currently available to view via the All Access page (click on the video camera icon) at PepperdineSports.com ... The show is taped Tuesday mornings at Pepperdine's Joslyn Plaza, which overlooks the remolded central campus and the Pacific coastline.
THIS YEAR'S MODEL: Pepperdine returns four starters from last year's WNIT squad that posted a 20-12 record and finished as the conference runner up to Gonzaga at the Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships ... The Waves' opening night lineup is expected to include returning guards Jazmine Jackson, Lauren Bell and Katie Menton, and forward Skye Barnett ... Alex Jarrell will likely move into the starting center position ... A veteran of 60 games, Jarrell accumulated 59 rebounds in 2009-10 and was the team's second-leading blocker with 13 ... Senior Joy Lelo leads a deep and experienced bench that features several others who played in more than 20 games a year ago, including WCC All-Freshman team selection Shay Cooney-Williams ... As a team, Pepperdine finished 2009-10 ranked 11th in the nation in turnover margin at 6.13 ... Individually, Miranda Ayim ranked 16t in blocked shots (2.6).
BE A PART OF IT!: After successfully increasing women's basketball attendance by 24% and season ticket sales by 11% across the league with the help of the NCAA Women's Basketball Grant last year, the Pepperdine University women's basketball team and the West Coast Conference look to improve exposure and attendance during the 2010-11 season with the WCC "Be A Part of It" campaign ... This conference-wide community service initiative encourages WCC fans to come to basketball games and support their favorite WCC basketball teams both on and off the court ... Over a series of four games determined by Pepperdine, fans will be invited to take part in various community service initiatives such as WBCA's Pink Zone and Soles4Souls.
STRIVING FOR GREATNESS THROUGH SERVICE: The women's basketball team is one of the most involved teams at Pepperdine in terms of community service ... In the summer, the team put on a series of basketball clinics for local youth to attend and later it worked at a Santa Monica convalescent home in early September during "Step Forward Day" ... This level of involvement, head coach Julie Rousseau believes, is the key to success in life and on the court - which is giving to others and making the world a better place.
A RAPPER NAMED JACKSON: The WCC women's basketball coaches tabbed Pepperdine junior guard Jazmine Jackson to the Preseason All-Conference Team ... A two-time All-WCC Honorable Mention, Jackson enjoyed a fine sophomore season in 2009-10 in which she collected over 100 boards on the defensive end and led Pepperdine in steals with the fifth-best average in the WCC at 1.9 per game ... Jackson also averaged 11.5 points per game and dished out a team-high 87 assists.
SUMMER CHAMPS: Jackson and Lauren Bell won the 2010 San Francisco Bay Area Women's Pro Am Championship with their Mission Rec Center Team in early August after beating Golden State, 75-70, in game two of their best-of-three series ... Mission Rec rallied in the final minutes to win the title, holding a squad that featured five players from Stanford's 2010-11 roster scoreless over the final three minutes ... Mission Rec won the first game 77-61.
COACHES COME BACK: Previous Pepperdine women's basketball staffers Kristen Dowling and David Johnson returned to the Waves' bench this past summer ... 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.
SPANNING THE GLOBE: Former Pepperdine three-time All-WCC first team selection Miranda Ayim was selected to Canada's Senior Women's National Team as an alternate this past summer and played throughout Europe in preparation for 2010 FIBA World Championship ... She is now playing for the Alanya team based in Turkey ... Elsewhere in Europe, Daphanie Kennedy - a Wave from 2005-08 - is currently playing for a team in Spain.
FIRESTONE FIELDHOUSE: Firestone Fieldhouse opened on Nov. 30, 1973 and is the long-time home of the Pepperdine women's basketball program ... Since the 1976-77 season, which spans the last 34 seasons, the Waves have compiled a 297-168 (.639) record in the Fieldhouse ... All told, the Waves have posted a double-digit win total 14 times, including seven consecutive from 1997-2003.