Pepperdine Hosts Thanksgiving Tournament
Nov. 21, 2012
COVERAGE: Fans unable to make it to Malibu for the Thanksgiving Classic can check out the games streamed live online via WaveCasts on PepperdineSports.com. Nick Law will have the call for the Waves and Coyotes.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 2012-13 BULLETS
TOURNAMENT NOTE: Pepperdine will play in the 3:30 p.m. contest both Friday and Saturday. If Saturday’s championship game does not involve the Waves, tip-off for the title game will be at 1:00 p.m.
WAVES IN TOURNAMENTS: Pepperdine won the 2011 New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament in their last in-season tournament. The Waves opened with a 57-48 victory against Idaho before taking a thrilling 59-56 overtime triumph against the host Lobos in The Pit.
THANKSGIVING CLASSIC NOTES
GAME FOUR VS. SOUTH DAKOTA: Friday (Nov. 23) at Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, Calif.: Pepperdine (1-2) vs. SD (1-3) at 3:30 p.m.
LAST MEETINGS: First meeting
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: First meeting.
LAST GAME FOR SD: at Creighton 53, South Dakota 49 (11/20/12)
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:
Internet Audio: Yes - PepperdineSports.com (WaveCasts)
GameTracker: Yes - PepperdineSports.com
Tournament Opponents Official Websites: Seton Hall: SHUPirates.com; South Dakota: GoYotes.com; Wyoming: GoWyo.com
GAME FIVE - SETON HALL /WYOMING: Consolation/Championship game opponent on Saturday.
SETON HALL LAST MEETING: Pepperdine 77, at Seton Hall 67 (11/30/99)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: Pepperdine leads 1-0/Pepperdine won one.
WYOMING LAST MEETINGS: at Pepperdine 86, Wyoming 64 (12/31/95); at Wyoming 66, Pepperdine 53 (1/8/95)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: Pepperdine trails 3-2/Pepperdine won one.
WYOMING SERIES NOTE: Pepperdine has won both prior games in Malibu, while the Cowgirls are 2-0 at home, 1-0 in neutral site contests.
USC RECAP: Pepperdine led early, but could not pull off the win, dropping a 65-56 decision to USC Sunday afternoon at the Galen Center. The Waves forced 24 turnovers, but lost the rebounding battle 47-31.
CALL ME MAYBE(RRY): Robie Mayberry (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd HS) leads Pepperdine in scoring (17.3), field goal percentage (.515), free throw percentage (.929) and rebounds (6.3) this season.
A DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR COONEY-WILLIAMS: Shay Cooney-Willams (Frisco, Texas/Frisco HS) turned in the first double-double of her Pepperdine career with a 14-point, 10-rebound effort at USC (11/18/12). The 10 boards were a career-high and the most by a Wave this season.
NEXT UP FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine closes out the month of November with a trip to the Pacific Northwest to take on Washington Tuesday, November 27 in Seattle. The Waves open December with a long road trip to the South to tackle Arkansas Sunday December 2.
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.
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
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.