Women's Basketball: Waves Play at USC Sunday
Nov. 16, 2012
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine travels to the Galen Center to take on area rival USC Sunday, November 18 in Los Angeles. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. in a game broadcast live on PepperdineSports.com. The Trojans dropped a 63-52 decision to Gonzaga last Sunday in their season opener.
COVERAGE: Fans that can’t make it to the Galen Center 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. Ismael Loya will have the call for the Waves and Trojans.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 2012-13 BULLETS
WAVES AND TROJANS
GAME THREE - AT USC: Sunday (Nov. 18) at the Galen Center, Los Angeles, Calif.: Pepperdine (1-1) at USC (0-1) at 7:00 p.m.
LAST MEETINGS: USC 75, at Pepperdine 71, ot (12/21/11); USC 69, at Pepperdine 55 (11/24/08); at USC 55, Pepperdine 52 (12/15/07)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: USC leads 18-0/USC won 18
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:
LAST GAME FOR USC: Gonzaga 63, at USC 52 (11/11/12)
LAST TIME VS. THE TROJANS: Pepperdine dropped a tough 75-71 overtime decision to USC last December 21 at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves built a 42-35 halftime lead, but the Women of Troy battled back in the second to force overtime. In the extra session it was all USC as it outscored the Waves 12-8. Pepperdine was crushed on the boards 52-33, 19-9 on the offensive glass. Lauren Bell scored a team-high 22 points, while Robie Mayberry added 10 points with five rebounds off the bench.
WAVES AGAINST THE PAC-12: Pepperdine owns an 11-62 overall record against current members of the Pac-12 Conference. The Waves have posted wins against all Pac-12 opponents including Stanford, but are still searching for their first wins against Cal (0-6), Colorado (0-3) and USC (0-18). Pepperdine has never played Oregon or Utah.
EARLY RETURN(ERS): Pepperdine returns just .275 of its scoring offense from the 2011-12 season. The Waves returners have already shown signs of being able to step up offensively.
LAST WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine collected a split in the opening weekend of the 2012-13 season. The Waves turned in an impressive 83-68 road victory at UC Davis (11/9/12) in the season opener, before falling to UC Riverside 79-71 in their home opener on Monday.
UC RIVERSIDE RECAP: Pepperdine roared back from a 22-point second half deficit, but could not pull off the miracle comeback, dropping a 79-71 decision to UC Riverside.
UC DAVIS RECAP: Pepperdine started and finished strong posting a 83-68 victory at UC Davis to open the 2012-13 season in style. Four Waves reached double-digit scoring in the contest, led by a game-high 22 points from Robie Mayberry.
NEXT WEEK: Pepperdine will resume its annual Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 23-24 at Firestone Fieldhouse.
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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.
POLL PROGNOSTICATIONS: Pepperdine was picked to finish fifth in the 2012-13 West Coast Conference Coaches Poll. The Waves did not have a selection on the preseason all-WCC team.
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 No. 54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.