Jan. 8, 2008
WCC Women's Basketball On ESPNU
Pepperdine at Gonzaga on ESPNU Thursday Night (1/10).
Date: Thursday, January 10th
Pepperdine (5-8, 0-0) at Gonzaga (9-6, 0-0)
Location: Spokane, Washington -- McCarthey Athletic Center
Time: 8:00 PM (PST)
Preview: The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 4-3 in West Coast Conference openers under eighth year head coach Kelly Graves, including 3-1 in home openers. The Bulldogs have won their last four WCC opening contests, which includes three at home in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Zags enter the match-up coming off a 67-43 victory over Saint Joseph's on the road, and are 9-6 on the season. The Pepperdine Waves are 2-2 in their last four WCC season openers with both wins on the road. The Waves are currently 5-8 and have dropped their last six contests, with four games decided by five points or less.
Match-Up History: Pepperdine leads the all-time series with Gonzaga 28-17. The Waves and Zags split the WCC series a season ago, as Gonzaga earned a 58-35 victory in Malibu, and Pepperdine took a 70-56 decision in Spokane. In the last WCC opening meeting between each other, Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 75-44 at the McCarthey Athletic Center to open the 2003-04 conference season.
Pepperdine's Key Players: Daphanie Kennedy: fourth in the WCC with 17.0 points per game; Miranda Ayim: leads the Waves with an 82.2 free throw percentage and 1.9 blocked shots per game; Teiosha George: second on the Waves squad with 10 total blocked shots and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Gonzaga's Key Players: Heather Bowman: leads the Zags with 20.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game; Courtney Vandersloot: 22nd in the nation with 5.4 assists per game and posted a game high of six in the win against Saint Joseph's; Michelle Elliott: 18th in the nation with a 45.7 three-point field goal percentage and set a single-game school record with nine 3-pointers against Sacramento State (Dec. 8).