Waves Host No. 7 Kentucky Tuesday at Firestone Fieldhouse
Dec. 17, 2012
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine plays its first ranked opponent of the season Tuesday when No. 7 Kentucky visits Firestone Fieldhouse. Tip-off against the Wildcats is set for 7:00 p.m. in a game streamed live via WaveCast.
PEPPERDINE TOY DRIVE: Pepperdine basketball fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to Tuesday’s game against No. 7 Kentucky. 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 Wildcats.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 2012-13 BULLETS
WAVES AND WILDCATS
GAME NINE - VS. NO. 7 KENTUCKY: Tuesday (Dec. 18) at Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, Calif.: Kentucky (8-1) at Pepperdine (3-5) at 7:00 p.m. (PT)
LAST MEETINGS: Kentucky 73, at Pepperdine 64 (1/2/91)
SERIES RECORD/STREAK: Kentucky won one.
ON THE AIR/ON THE WEB:
LAST GAME FOR KENTUCKY: at Kentucky 68, Middle Tennessee 46 (12/9/12)
WAVES VS. SEC: Pepperdine will play just its ninth game against an SEC opponent Tuesday when No. 7 Kentucky visits Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves are 1-8 against the current membership, following a 64-39 loss at Arkansas (12/2/12). Pepperdine’s lone win against an SEC foe came in a 101-91 triumph against Texas A&M in the 1980-81 campaign at Firestone Fieldhouse.
SEATTLE U. RECAP: Pepperdine bounced back from a 36-33 halftime deficit to rally for a 70-64 victory. Jade McNorton led the way with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
CALL ME MAYBE(RRY): Robie Mayberry (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd HS) leads Pepperdine in scoring (12.6) and rebounds (6.4) this season.
UP NEXT FOR THE WAVES: After taking on No. 7 Kentucky on Tuesday, Pepperdine will play its final game before taking a break for the Christmas holiday when it hosts Howard University Friday, Dec. 21. Tip-off against the Bison is set for 1:00 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.