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Pepperdine Looks to Snap Skid this Weekend

Dec. 26, 2006

MALIBU, Calif. -

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Pepperdine got off to a hot start this season but injuries have cooled the team off of late as the Waves have dropped four of their last five games heading into this weekend's action. The Waves will look to turn things around as they open a four-game homestand against Rhode Island and Fresno State this weekend before beginning West Coast Conference play next week.

Pepperdine (7-6) finally got senior Jasmane Clarendon back into the line-up, but the loss of fellow forwards Teiosha George and Teena Wickett have proven costly during the Waves' recent slide.

Another cause for concern is the health of the team's leading scorer Daphanie Kennedy who suffered a head injury in the team's last game at San Diego State after scoring just five points in the contest.

The Waves are 1-0 all-time against Rhode Island and hold a 7-4 advantage over Fresno State, including a 3-1 mark in Malibu.

This weekend's games will serve as a final tune-up for the team which opens league play on Jan. 5 at home against Portland and Jan. 7 against Gonzaga.

Pepperdine was picked as preseason co-favorites to win the WCC's regular season title by the league's coaches.

Tip-off against the Rhode Island is scheduled for 7 p.m.