Waves Host Seattle U. Friday in Malibu
Dec. 12, 2012
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine will play its first game in 12 days when it welcomes Seattle U. to Malibu Friday, December 14. The Waves and Redhawks square off for the first time in a 7:00 p.m. battle at Firestone Fieldhouse in a game streamed live via WaveCast.
PEPPERDINE TOY DRIVE: Pepperdine basketball fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to Friday’s game against Seattle U.. Those who participate will receive free admission.
COVERAGE: Fans unable to make it to Firestone Fieldhouse can check out the game streamed live online via WaveCasts. Links for WaveCasts and live stats will be available at the official cyberspace home for Pepperdine Athletics, PepperdineSports.com. Nick Law will have the call for the Waves and Redhawks.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 2012-13 BULLETS
WAVES AND REDHAWKS
GAME EIGHT - VS. SEATTLE U.: Friday (Dec. 14) at Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, Calif.: Seattle U. (3-4) at Pepperdine (2-5) at 7:00 p.m. (PT)
LAST MEETINGS: First meeting
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: First meeting.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:
LAST GAME FOR SEATTLE U.: at Seattle U. 72, Portland State 59 (12/9/12)
WAVES VS. THE WAC: Pepperdine will play just its 17th game against a current member if the WAC Friday when it takes on Seattle in the first meeting between the two programs. The Waves are 11-5 against the current membership, at least as of Dec. 12. Pepperdine owns four wins against Idaho (4-1), including a 57-48 victory last season and Utah State (4-0). The Waves do not have a win against Louisiana Tech (0-3).
ARKANSAS RECAP: Arkansas led wire-to-wire in a completely dominant 64-39 victory in Fayetteville Dec. 2. Shay Cooney-Williams scored eight points to lead the Waves.
CALL ME MAYBE(RRY): Robie Mayberry (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd HS) leads Pepperdine in scoring (12.6) and rebounds (6.4) this season.
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.
UP NEXT FOR THE WAVES: After taking on Seattle U. on Friday, Pepperdine hosts its second SEC opponent in three games when Kentucky visits Firestone Fieldhouse Tuesday, Dec. 18. Tip-off against the Wildcats is set for 7:00 p.m.
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.