Nov. 7, 2008
The Pepperdine Waves were selected to finish sixth in this year's preseason poll, after finishing eighth last season, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. Pepperdine, which looks to improve upon its 10-18 finish last season, returns a seasoned squad highlighted by three returning starters and nine letterwinners from last year's team.
The Waves are led by Head Coach Julie Rousseau, who enters her fifth season with the team, after having led her squad to a WCC title and NCAA Tournament berth back in 2006. Pepperdine, who hasn't finished the conference season with a .500 record since the 2004-05 season, was two overtime losses away from achieving that feat last season, and will look to its seven upperclassmen to lead the charge.
Highlighting the list of returnees is junior center Miranda Ayim, who was voted to this year's preseason all-conference team and also received an All-WCC first team selection last year. Coming back from a productive freshman campaign is sophomore Katie Menton, who earned All-WCC freshman team honors last season.
2007-08 KEY STATS
||13.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg, .557 FG %|
||8.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.2 spg|
||5.8 ppg, 1,8 apg, 1.3 spg|
Pepperdine brought in a number of freshmen at the guard position to help increase the depth on the bench. Headlining the incoming class is Jazmine Jackson, a 5-9 guard from Oakland, CA, whose numerous accolades include EA Sports All-American, MaxPreps All-American honorable mention, all-state first team and Northern California Division III Player of the Year. She has also accumulated three straight San Francisco Examiner City Player of the Year honors and two San Francisco Chronicle Metro Player of the Year awards. Joining Jackson is prep teammate, Lauren Bell, a 5-8 guard, who averaged 14 points, seven rebounds, and five steals per game playing alongside Jackson.
Looking to make an immediate impact her first year is freshman Alex Jarrell, a 6-4 forward/center, from Shelbyville HS in Tennessee. Over her prep career, she scored nearly 1,500 points and nabbed more than 500 rebounds en route to a number of national honors including McDonald's All-America nominee, a two-time Street & Smith All-American honorable mention selection as well as all-state honors her senior year.