Stanford vs. Pepperdine – Sunday, Jan. 5
Tip-off: 2:00 pm (PST)
Radio: KZSU 90.1 FM
Pepperdine's 8-4 record includes wins over Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, and UCLA. Their losses included two ranked opponents, UConn and Arizona, as well as a one point loss to USC. The Waves are a team to be reckoned with.
The reigning West Coast Conference champions like to wear down the other team. They tend to force turnovers by forcing bad passes and making steals. The Waves stay in the game by getting to the free throw line. Like the Cardinal, they have several players that can score in double digits. The Wave's main offensive weapon is Damaris Hinojosa. Averaging 11.1 points per game, Hinojosa also boasts a 45% three point shooting average. In Friday's win over Portland State both Keani Christianson and Tamara McDonald scored 18 points. Nicole Funn, a talented transfer from Oregon State, adds firepower out on the wing. Offensively, if the Waves can entice Stanford into a high scoring shooting contest, it could be trouble for the Card. Fortunately, with Stanford's defense of late, the possibility of a shooting contest seems dim.
During their last game of 2002, Pepperdine beat Toledo, but lost their MVP Shandrika Lee to an ACL tear in her right knee. Lee had led the Waves with17.6 points per game, a 50% field goal average, and 28 steals. The loss of Lee didn't stop Pepperdine from winning a tough game at Portland State, but they will certainly miss her presence when they come to Maples. Pepperdine averages about 37 rebounds per game, but tends to get beaten to the boards by their opponents. Anna Lembke, the Waves biggest double-double threat, will be the Waves player to watch in the battle for the glass. The Cardinal may be able to exploit the Waves defense with their versatility in the post.
Keys to the Game
The Cardinal need to come out strong and hit the boards. If they do these two things, it will be a long night for the Waves. Most importantly, the Cardinal need to do what they have been doing for the last three games at Maples. If it comes down to the final minutes, both teams have been well tested in close games. That said, the Cardinal have proven that they are finishers with comeback wins over Arizona and USF.
F Keani Christianson 6-1 Sr. Eugene, OR
F Nicole Funn 6-0 Jr. Carson, CA
F Anna Lembke 6-3 Sr. Huntington Beach, CA
G Demarus Hinojosa 5-10 Sr. Moorpark, CA
G Tamara McDonald 5-7 Sr. Rancho Cucamonga, CA
F Kelsey Ball 6-1 Fr. Huntington Beach, CA
F Jennifer Lacy 6-3 So. Simi Valley, CA
G Shanell Law 5-9 So. Los Angeles, CA