Pepperdine Waves News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Pepperdine Graphic: Overcoming Obstacles
Photos Courtesy of Morgan Davenport
Only a few people learn the lesson of never giving up.
Eric Cooper has learned it quite well.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Cooper unknowingly began his basketball career when his dad, Eric Cooper Sr. put a basketball in his crib. His father played basketball overseas in the early part of Cooper's life.
Now Cooper's been playing for 15 years.
"As I got older, the sport of basketball grew," Cooper said. "[My dad] got me shoes, taught me how to do all the little things [like] dribbling."
Little did Cooper know that by the time he was a freshman in high school, he would become one of the best basketball players in the country in his age group.
Pepperdine Graphic: Beach Volleyball Looks to Command Spring Season
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Harris
After two tournaments and seven games, the Waves have a 6-2 record and are the No. 3 ranked team in the country. With a first-year head coach and an experienced roster, Pepperdine aims at making yet another deep tournament run.
A pattern for the Waves this season has been consistency. Six of their eight team pairs possess a winning record and the accumulative winning average of 69 percent. With a mix of key seniors and improving underclassmen Pepperdine finished the Zuma Classic and looks ahead to the East Meets West Invitational.
Pepperdine Graphic: Red-Hot Women's Hoops Wins Seventh and Eighth Consecutive Games
Photos by Kyle McCabe
Pepperdine Women's Basketball is on a roll and making serious noise in the West Coast Conference (WCC) race.
With senior star Yasmine Robinson-Bacote leading the way, the Waves avenged prior road defeats at Pacific and Saint Mary's. Pepperdine prevailed 96-76 over the Tigers 96-76 on Feb. 21 and 77-72 over Gaels on Feb. 23.
"We were definitely trying to keep the streak alive," Robinson-Bacote said. "We've been playing really good basketball for the past month.
ESPN.com: Duke's Zion Williamson to miss Syracuse game with knee sprain
Duke star Zion Williamson will not play against Syracuse on Saturday night as he continues to recover from a sprained right knee, the school announced.
Williamson, the consensus top-ranked prospect for June's NBA draft, was listed as "day-to-day" after leaving Wednesday's loss to North Carolina with a Grade 1 sprain after his left shoe fell apart in the first minute of the game.
Williamson grabbed his right knee in pain after slipping awkwardly and falling when his left shoe fell apart as he planted hard while dribbling near the free throw line on the opening play of the game.
Pepperdine Graphic: How to Win Your March Madness Bracket Challenge
Image Courtesy of the NCAA Website
I shouldn't be writing about this. After at least 12 years of filling out brackets, running my own March Madness bracket pools and watching quite a bit of college basketball, I've never won a single thing during March Madness.
Some years I've overthought my picks, some years I've picked mostly randomly and some years I thought I had a perfect balance ... and then my championship team lost in the first round (that would be you, 2013 Georgetown Hoyas). However, given my wide range of failures, like Edison and the lightbulb, I've learned quite a bit along the way.
Pepperdine Graphic: The Women's Tennis team tastes their first home defeat of the season
Photo Courtesy of Susannah Gallup
The No. 7 Pepperdine Women's Tennis team fell 4-3 to University of California, Berkeley on Saturday at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.
Due to poor weather conditions, the match against Arizona State one day prior was postponed. This was the Waves' first match after returning to Malibu from ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
Despite displaying solid performances in both singles and doubles, the Waves tasted their first home defeat of the season.
In the doubles match, the Golden Bears upset the No.
Pepperdine Graphic: Chan and Women's Swim and Dive Break Records and Finish Second in Conference Championship
Photo Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics/Jeff Golden
The Waves had a consistent four-day tournament and broke multiple records in the process. In a transition season for the Waves, Joe Spahn was named as the head coach in April and went through this season with a small roster. The Waves concluded the season off with their best finish since the 2007-2008 season.
On the first day of the PCSC Championship, the Waves set the tone and earned two school records. In the 200 medley-relay, senior Juju Chan, sophomore Trinity Ishikawa, sophomore Amy Griffin and freshman Haley Bergthold finished with a time of 1:45.
ESPN.com: How Muggsy Bogues saved his brother's life, and found the meaning of his own
In the Muggsy Bogues family suite on Muggsy Bogues Night in Charlotte, North Carolina, last December, high-top tables are covered in Muggsy Bogues bobbleheads and chicken tenders, Muggsy Bogues' favorite stadium food.
Muggsy Bogues is downstairs standing in a crowd near the corner of the hardwood, a few minutes away from a halftime ceremony in his honor at a game between the Hornets and Knicks at the Spectrum Center.
Pepperdine Graphic: Pepperdine Men's Volleyball Sweeps BYU for Biggest Win of the Season So Far
Photos Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics
Break out the brooms.
In their second sweep of the season, the Pepperdine Waves defeated the BYU Cougars at home Wednesday night. The Waves' past two victories have been against top-15 opponents bringing their record to 7-2. The game marked the Wave's biggest ranked win of the season so far.
The Waves lost the first point of the first set, giving up a kill to Cougars junior middle blocker Miki Jauhiainen. They responded by going on a quick 10-2 run, which featured a pair of kills from senior middle blocker Max Chamberlain and one apiece from seniors Michael Wexter and David Wieczorek.
Pepperdine Graphic: Wieczorek and Wexter Catch Fire to Secure Fourth Ranked Win of the Season
Photos Courtesy of Milan Loiacono
Pepperdine Men's Volleyball continued to build on early season success Wednesday with a victory in four sets versus California State University Northridge. The Waves entered the game with a record of 5-2 on the season while the Matadors were at 5-4. Every set was competitive and the Waves stuck to the their consistent formula of getting the ball to senior outside hitters Michael Wexter and David Wieczorek.
In the first of a three-game home-stand before a four-game road trip the Waves battled a Northridge team with many experienced underclassmen who they had not seen this season.
Pepperdine Graphic: Women's Basketball Gets Back on Track, Sweeps Homestand
Sophomore forward Monique Andriuolo's career-high 14 points led four scorers in double figures as Pepperdine Women's Basketball annihilated San Diego 88-65 Thursday, Jan. 31.
The Waves set the tone early at Firestone Fieldhouse and then carried the momentum into Saturday's home game against BYU, in which they upset the 25th-ranked Cougars 79-65.
"It was good to get back to our winning games," Andriuolo said following the San Diego game. "I think we needed this win to get us rolling."
Following close road losses to Saint Mary's and Pacific the previous week, the Waves fell to 5-4 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play, so it was critical to bounce back on their home court.
Pepperdine Graphic: Men's Golf prepares for the spring season
Photos courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics/Jeff Golden
Pepperdine Men's Golf enters the 2019 spring season optimistic. With two freshmen and five returners, the Waves look to tap into all that shared experience.
Senior Roy Cootes, juniors Clay Feagler and Joshua McCarthy and sophomores RJ Manke and Austin Murphy form Pepperdine's core of returners.
In the 2018 fall season, the returners performed well. In October, Manke won the University of California, Berkeley's Alister Mackenzie Invitational and Feagler won Baylor University's Royal Oaks Intercollegiate. The team won the Alister Mackenzie Invitational and the the University of Hawaii's Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational.
Pepperdine Graphic: Men's Basketball defends home court against Saint Mary's
Photos Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics
Pepperdine Men's Basketball pulled out a win in overtime against the Saint Mary's Gaels Saturday night in Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves improved to 3-4 in conference play while the Gaels dropped to 4-3.
Saturday was only Pepperdine's second overtime game of the season and their first overtime win. The Waves scored 18 points in the extra frame with 11 coming from sophomore Colbey Ross.
The teams played a close game throughout the first half. The largest lead for either team was Saint Mary's six point lead with 3:08 remaining.
Pepperdine Graphic: Men's Basketball Falls in Tight One to BYU
Photos courtesy of Milan Loiacono
In a physical, back-and-forth affair the Pepperdine Waves fell to the BYU Cougars 87-76 on Thursday Jan. 17. In only the third home loss of the season, they fall to 9-10 on the season and 2-3 in West Coast Conference play. The leading scorers for this season, Colbey Ross and Kameron Edwards exceeded their average point totals and finished with 24 and 22 points, respectively.
Pepperdine started on defense after losing the opening tip. After a nice pass from BYU senior guard McKay Cannon, fellow senior Luke Worthington finished a layup for the first score of the game.
Pepperdine Graphic: Women's Golf Adds Two International Freshmen
Photos Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletics
Pepperdine's Women's Golf team added two international freshmen to the roster this year: Kathrine Chan and Sifan He. The two freshmen join a team of two Americans, an Australian and a New Zealander.
Neither Chan nor He consider themselves to be from their actual birthplaces. Chan was born in Singapore but moved to Canada when she was six months old, and He was born in Japan but spent most of her life in China.
Playing in Canada, Chan's golf experience is closer to an American's than He's. Chan played on her high school team for five years and competed for Team Canada for a year.