Oct. 10, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's basketball team, under the direction of first-year head coach Vance Walberg, and the women's basketball team, which is coming off a postseason appearance a year ago, begins official practice for the upcoming 2006-07 season on Saturday.
The men's team's first official practice is slated for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Waves will again be back on the court from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Third-year head coach Julie Rousseau will put her women's team through its first practice from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
In advance of both team's first official practice, "3 Days of Madness" are scheduled beginning Wednesday and will conclude on Friday when the introduction of both team's and the unveiling of the new Pepperdine mascot. Friday's program begins at 10 p.m. in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Walberg, who takes over at Pepperdine after a successful four-year stint at Fresno City College where he won a state championship, inherits a Waves team that went 7-20 and finished eighth in the West Coast Conference (WCC) last season.
Pepperdine returns nine letterwinners, including sophomore guard Michael Gerrity who ranked second on the club with 14.1 points a game and topped the Waves with 3.4 assists a contest en route to being named to the WCC's All-Freshman Team and the conference's Freshman of the Year by CBS Sportsline.com.
In addition to nine returning letterwinners, Walberg welcomes seven newcomers to the roster, including freshman Blake Wallace (Yorba Linda, CA / Servite HS). Wallace, a two-time All-Orange County selection, averaged 20.1 points a game as a senior and concluded his career as Servite's all-time leader in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.
Rousseau's women's team is coming off a 14-17 season a year ago in which it won the WCC Tournament and earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Waves received the No. 15 seed in the San Antonio Regional and traveled to Denver, Colorado, where they lost 78-66 to No. 2 seed Oklahoma in a first-round match-up.
Pepperdine returns 11 letterwinners from a year ago, including senior forward Jasmane Clarendon and junior guard Daphanie Kennedy, both of whom were All-WCC selections in 2006. Kennedy returns as the Waves' leading scorer after averaging 12.6 points a contest while Clarendon contributed 11.5 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds a game.
Rousseau welcomes four newcomers to the roster, including freshman forward/center Teena Wickett (Oakland, CA / Castlemont). Wickett was invited to USA Basketball's Uunder-18 National Team Trials this past summer.
3 DAYS OF MADNESS PROGRAM
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11
Grass Volleyball Tournament, Alumni Park - 1:00 p.m.
Basketball Skills Contest (students) - 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12
Women's Volleyball vs. San Francisco - 7:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
Women's Soccer vs. San Diego - 3:00 p.m.
Presidents Reception - Family Weekend - 5:30 p.m.
Madness Village - FFH Parking lot - 8:00 p.m.
Firestone Fieldhouse doors open - 9:30 p.m.
Midnight Entourage Program
10:00 PM - Introduction, National Anthem & entertainment
10:45 PM - Court of Champions
Introductions of Andy Benton & John Watson
Introductions of 10 Championship Team members
10:51 PM - Mascot Unveiling
10:55 PM - Men's & Women's Basketball Teams Introduction
11:10 PM - Pepperdine Fight Song led by Hall of Champions, Basketball
Teams, Cheerleaders, Riptide Club, Andy Benton & John Watson