Oct. 11, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Following the program's third West Coast Conference (WCC) tournament championship and fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament, the Pepperdine women's basketball team was picked, along with Loyola Marymount, as the preseason favorite to claim the league's regular-season title.
Pepperdine received four of eight first-place votes and totaled 57 points as did Loyola Marymount, which along with Gonzaga, split the other four first-place votes. The Bulldogs picked up 53 total points for third as there was a large drop off in points between the top three teams and the rest of the league. Santa Clara (33), Saint Mary's (28), San Diego (24), San Francisco (23) and Portland (13) round out the coach's preseason voting.
Individually, senior Jasmane Clarendon (San Bernardino, Calif.) and junior Daphanie Kennedy (Oakland, Calif.) were tabbed as two of the `Top Six Returning Players.' Kennedy started all 31 games for the Waves last season, including the NCAA first round tournament game against Oklahoma which she scored a career-high 31 points. She also earned All-WCC first team honors as well as WCC Tournament MVP accolades. Clarendon was an All-WCC first team selection and an All-tournament team honoree. San Francisco's Dominique Carter, LMU's Ashlee Dunlap, Gonzaga's Stephanie Hawk and Portland's Rachel Warren join Clarendon and Kennedy as preseason players to watch.
The Waves will begin practice Friday night as part of Pepperdine's Midnight Madness. The first game is scheduled for Tues., Oct. 31, as the Waves host Westmont College in an exhibition game. The regular season is slated for a Nov. 12 opening at UNLV.