Feb. 16, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. -
The Pepperdine women's basketball team has dominated the all-time series against cross-town rival Loyola Marymount, but the Lions won the last meeting and when the two teams face off Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse, it will be Senior Day and the home finale for a Pepperdine team looking to gain momentum heading into the West Coast Conference (WCC) tournament.
Pepperdine started league play slowly but has picked things up over the past three weeks leading to a 4-1 record during the second half of conference play.
The Waves hold a decisive 41-13 series lead over the Lions but were held to a school record-tying low 35 points in the first meeting of the season in Los Angeles.
Now Pepperdine is back at full strength, unlike in the initial meeting of the season, and the Waves are looking to make the same type of stretch run into March that they made a year ago when the team captured its first WCC Tournament title under head coach Julie Rousseau.
After this weekend's contest, Pepperdine will close out the regular season on the road at Saint Mary's and Santa Clara. Those games will provide a final tune-up for the Waves who will then head to Portland, Ore. for the league tournament.
Last year, Pepperdine put together an 8-2 run to close out the season, including the WCC tournament to earn the program's fourth bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament. With three games left in the regular season, and a possible three more in the conference tournament, winning out would give the Waves a 9-1 record over its final 10 games.
Saturday's game is sold out and will be the first game of a men and women's basketball double-header as part of Pepperdine's homecoming weekend.