Waves Host 3rd Annual Timeout 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament
UPCOMING Â Pepperdine women’s basketball team (2-2) hosts the third-annual Timeout 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament this weekend. Texas A&M, Coppin State and Pennsylvania State are this year's competitiors.
GAME #5 Â Friday (Nov. 28) at Firestone Fieldhouse: Pepperdine vs. Coppin State at 3:30 p.m.
The Eagles (0-2) suffered a loss to South Florida (Nov. 23) 97-43. Coppin State has been playing without a true point guard as junior Sesalie Johnson and freshman Shinaa Cross have been out with injuries.
GAME #6 Â Saturday (Nov. 29) at Firestone Fieldhouse: Pepperdine vs. TBAat 3:30 p.m.
NAU RECAP Â The Pepperdine women’s basketball team won its first game on the road with a 75-60 victory over Northern Arizona University, on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Miranda Ayim (London, Ontario, Canada) scored a double-double for the Waves (2-1) with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Katie Menton (Coarsegold, Calif./ Yosemite HS) shot 5-for-10 from the beyond the arc to notch 15 points.
Pepperdine went 41 percent on field goals compared to the Lumberjacks (0-4) 37 percent. The Waves hit 8-of-16 from the three-point range to NAU’s 1-of-14.
USC RECAP Â Pepperdine women’s basketball team put up a strong fight to hold off USC on Monday night, but it wasn’t enough and the Trojans prevailed over the Waves, 69-55.
Pepperdine (2-2) stayed within a few points of USC (2-1) until five minutes into the second-half when a strong Trojan offense broke away on some big scoring runs. Refusing to give up the Waves whittled away at the USC lead, but the Trojans continued to maintain their lead. Turnovers and missed shots plagued the Waves in the second-half.
Jazmine Jackson (Oakland, Calif./ Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) led the scoring for the Waves with 14 points while Miranda Ayim (Ontario, London, Canada) had 12 points and eight rebounds. USC’s Ashley Corral was the game’s high scorer with 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
WCC PRESEASON POLL Â Pepperdine was picked to finish sixth in the West Coast Conference in a preseason vote of the league’s coaches. The predicted order is as follows: Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, San Diego, Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara, Pepperdine, Portland and San Francisco.
WCC PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM Â Junior forward Miranda Ayim (London, Ont., Canada) was selected to the 2008-09 WCC Preseason All-Conference team. Ayim finished last season as a first team All-WCC selection and led the conference in field goal percentages.
Ayim spent the summer playing for the Canadian Junior National Development Team and participated in a tournament in China prior to the Olympics.
JULIE ROUSSEAU Â The fifth head coach in Pepperdine women’s basketball history, Julie Rousseau is now in her fifth season with the Waves. She is a former head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and was an assistant coach at Stanford before joining the Waves. In just her second season, she led Pepperdine to a WCC Tournament title and a spot in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
JOINING THE WAVES COACHING STAFF Â Maylana Martin Douglas (UCLA 2000), Darryl Brown (Temple 1995) and Maurice Hilliard (LaVerne 1991) round out the 2008-09 coaching staff. Rousseau describes "great chemistry among the staff and athletes." She went on to describe the trio as "evenly balanced, hard workers who have great character and a desire to mentor each of the young women in our program and help them grow."
WAVES RETURNERS Â Starting returners from 2007-08 are Jessica Ross (Gilroy, Calif./ Notre Dame HS) Miranda Ayim, Alisha Bryant (Pacoima, Calif./ Chatsworth HS) and Taylor Smith (Kailua, Hawaii/ Klaheo HS).
KATIE MENTON Â Sophomore Katie Menton (Coarsegold, Calif./ Yosemite HS) was a 2007-08 WCC All-Freshman Team selection. Menton averaged 8.9 points per game and contributed 47 assists for the season. The versatile sophomore played in all 28 games and started in four.
SERVICE Â The women’s basketball team is one of the most involved teams at Pepperdine in community service. On November 28-29, they will host their third annual Time Out 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament to promote awareness and raise money to fight the disease. In October, the team put on a series of basketball clinics for local youth to attend. All of this involvement, Rousseau believes, is the key to success in life and on the court Â which is giving to others and making the world a better place.
Senior Nakeya Isabell (Seattle, Wash./ Cleveland HS) spent the summer of 2008 in North Africa as a member of Althletes in Action. The team was on a pioneering ministry where they conducted clinics, competed against other collegiate teams and worked to build relationships with women in Africa and sports,
PEPPERDINE HISTORY Â Pepperdine has posted a winning record in 10 of the last 15 years and has registered six 20-win seasons over the past 10 years. The Waves captured the program’s first-ever West Coast Conference Tournament title in 2002 and followed that up with victories in 2003 and 2006. Pepperdine has also won at least a share of the regular-season championship in four of the last nine seasons. Pepperdine has made the postseason in seven of the last nine years, including the NCAA Tournament four times. The Waves also played in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament three times in recent years.
WAVES IN THE PROS Â Rasheeda Clark, who played for the Waves from 1999-2001 and was the 2000 WCC Player of the Year, became the school’s first-ever player to be chosen in the WNBA Draft (however, she didn’t end up making a team). Then, Jennifer Lacy became the first WCC women’s basketball player to make a WNBA roster, as she won a spot with the Phoenix Mercury in 2006. Lacy was then part of the Mercury’s 2007 WNBA championship squad.
FIRESTONE FIELDHOUSE Â Firestone Fieldhouse opened on Nov. 30, 1973 and it has long been the home of the Pepperdine women’s basketball program. Since the 1976-77 season, which spans the last 31 seasons, the Waves have won more than 63 percent of their home games. Pepperdine has posted 24 winning seasons at home and just six sub-.500 seasons.
TICKETS Â A limited number of 2008-09 Pepperdine women’s basketball season tickets in the Lower Reserved section are available for purchase at a cost of $60 each. Individual game prices are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. Formore information please call 1-866-WAVE-TIX.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE Â Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won a total of nine NCAA championships in fi ve different men’s sports Â one of just14 schools to have accomplished this feat. Of the 14, Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school and has by far the smallest enrollment. The majority of Pepperdine’s teams are ranked nationally year after year and compete for conference and national titles.