Women's Basketball: Waves Set to Take on Cal Poly, Northern Arizona
Dec. 11, 2013
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Pepperdine women's basketball team hosts a pair of games this coming week, taking on Cal Poly Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. and Northern Arizona Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3:30 p.m. It is the first time this season that the Waves have hosted back-to-back home games and just the third and fourth home contests of the season for Pepperdine.
COVERAGE: Video for both games will be available free of charge on WaveCasts with Josh Perigo on the call. Live stats will be available on pepperdinesports.com as well as postgame highlights.
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HOW THEY MATCH UP: Monday will be the 17th meeting between the Waves and Mustangs, with Pepperdine holding a 12-4 lead in the all-time series. The Waves won the most recent matchup 80-78 in 2011 and have won eight of the last nine games against the Mustangs. Saturday will be the ninth meeting between Pepperdine and Northern Arizona, with the Waves owning a 5-3 lead in that series. Pepperdine currently has a three game winning streak against the Lumberjacks.
THE OPPOSITION AT A GLANCE: Cal Poly comes into the week 5-4 after getting three straight wins at home, most recently defeating Cal State Bakersfield, 63-54. The Mustangs won the Big West last year and were selected to win the conference again in the preseason poll this season. Cal Poly's Molly Schlemer was named to the preseason All-Big West team. NAU was picked to finish 10th in the Big Sky and comes in with a 3-4 record. The Lumberjacks recently got an 85-65 win at home over UT Arlington before falling 64-52 on the road to Cal State Northridge.
SCOUTING DECEMBER: The Waves play four non-conference games in the month of December before opening WCC play at San Diego on Dec. 28. After spending most of November on the road, three of the team's four games are in Firestone Fieldhouse during December. The Waves' two WCC games at the end of the month are both on the road at USD and BYU (Dec. 30).
ROAD TRIUMPH: Last time out Pepperdine ended its five-game losing streak with a convincing 81-68 win at UC Riverside. The Waves' 81 points was the team's second highest total this season and their 54 percent shooting was also the second highest percentage this year. Pepperdine set a season high, going 20-for-22 (90.9%) from the foul line, hitting all 11 of its free throw attempts in the second half. The Waves went up by double digits early in the game, but UCR pulled to within two in the second half and Pepperdine was forced to pull away late behind key baskets from Keitra Wallace, Allie Green and Grace Leah Baughn, and a big night from junior guard Bria Richardson.
RICHARDSON'S BIG NIGHT: Bria Richardson put up a career-high 31 points in the Waves' road win over UCR, earning herself College Sports Madness WCC Player of the Week honors. The Waves' point guard was 9-for-15 from the field and 12-for-12 from the free throw line in the game en route to eclipsing her previous career high by six points. Richardson also dished out four assists in the game and grabbed three steals.
WCC NOTES: The Waves' 71.6 percent shooting from the free throw line is third in the WCC and 43.8 percent shooting from the field is fourth. They also have the fourth best 3-point defense, holding opponents to 30.6 percent shooting behind the arc. The Waves are fourth in the conference with 30.3 defensive rebounds per game. Bria Richardson is fifth in the conference in scoring (18.2 ppg). Keitra Wallace's 55.2 percent shooting clip is fifth in the WCC and Amanda Lovely's 54 percent is sixth. RIchardson is third in steals (2.6/g) and assists (5.0/g), and is fifth in free throw percentage (85.3). Allie Green's 45.0 percent shooting from 3-point territory is sixth and Ea Shoushtari's 2.1 threes per game are fifth in the WCC.
2013-14 ROSTER: This year's roster does not feature a single senior. There are five juniors, six sophomores (two of whom will have to sit out due to transfer rules) and a pair of freshmen in the fold for the 2013-14 season.
Ryan Weisenberg ERA: The start of the 2013-14 season marks the opening of the Ryan Weisenberg era at Pepperdine. Weisenberg has made stops on the professional, collegiate and prep level during his coaching tenure, most recently coaching the Manawatu Jets in the New Zealand National Basketball League. Weisenberg has also spent time on the staffs of the Los Angeles Lakers and Sparks, winning a total of five titles with the teams from 2000-05. He is the sixth coach in program history.
CAMPUS LIFE PROJECT: In May 2011, Pepperdine launched The Campaign for Pepperdine, the largest fundraising campaign in the University's history. The goal is to raise $450 million to support the Campus Life Project, which will benefit the entire campus. The key piece for Athletics is a new, state-of-the-art, 5,000-seat University Events Center, which will replace Firestone Fieldhouse as the Waves' home. The project has been approved by the County of Los Angeles and the California Coastal Commission, so the biggest step remaining before the arena can be built is fundraising.
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