Dec. 2, 2006
Two of the hottest teams in the country will meet on Sunday, as Pepperdine (6-2) travels to TCU (3-3) for a 2 p.m. contest. The Lady Frogs have won three straight games by an average of 12.3 ppg., while the Waves enter the game riding a four-game win streak. In its last outing, the Lady Frogs defeated cross-town foe SMU, 83-71, behind five players in double figures. Senior guard/forward Ashley Davis was 7-of-10 from the field for a career-high-tying 22 points. Lorie Butler-Rayford tallied her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds and junior guard Moneka Knight was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor with five assists, three steals and just one turnover. Despite being held to a season-low 10 points, the Lady Frogs' main go-to player Adrianne Ross still leads the team in three categories: points (16.8 ppg), assists (3.17 apg) and steals (2.33). Davis is averaging 14.7 ppg; Freshman Danielle Nunn has connected on 50 percent of her shots this season and chips in 9.5 ppg.
IN THE KNOW
TCU has three players from California: Lorie Butler-Rayford (Inglewood), Brittany Purdom (Rialto) and Marissa Rivera (Chula Vista). The Waves' Shannon Johnson is from Texas and went to Flower Mound Marcus.
Tip: 2:00 p.m. CST
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Reserved ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for children and groups. All TCU students are admitted FREE to regular season men's basketball games. Each student must present a valid TCU student ID card at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum student entrance for admission. Tickets are not needed. Just show your TCU student ID for admittance. All student sections are general admission. Admission is based on a first-come, first-serve basis, so seating is based on availability. All TCU faculty and staff who purchased a General Admission season pass must present the pass for each person entering Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Seating is general admission and based on availability.
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Pepperdine has won the last four games (including an overtime victory at UT-Arlington Friday) and enter's the game with a 6-2 record. The Waves are receiving votes in both polls thanks, in part, to an upset against No. 14 Rutgers (75-73) on Nov. 17. This season marks the third for Pepperdine under head coach Julie Rousseau. The former head coach of the WNBA's LA Sparks has compiled an overall record of 26-34, including a 15-13 mark in conference play. In 2006, Julie Rousseau became the fastest Pepperdine women's basketball head coach to take the Waves to the NCAA Championship Tournament, accomplishing the feat in just her second season at the helm of the Waves' program.
TCU - PEPPERDINE SERIES
Sunday's game will be the third all-time meeting between the Lady Frogs and Waves. TCU owns a 2-0 record and last defeated Pepperdine (86-69) on Dec. 21, 2003, in the Malibu Beach Classic at Firestone Fieldhouse. Current Lady Frogs Ashley Davis and Adrianne Ross played in that contest. Davis was 4-of-5 from the field, including a perfect 3-3 from the 3-point line and 2-for-2 at the free throw line, for 13 points. Ross played in 25 minutes and had five points.
TCU NUMBERS, NEWS AND NOTES
Senior guard/forward Ashley Davis has made a 3-pointer in a league-best 16-straight games. She has 170 career treys, which is ranked second in TCU history. With 16 total treys on the season, she is slightly ahead of where she was last year. Through the first six games of 2005-06, Davis recorded 15 3-pointers.
Ashley Davis and Adrianne Ross have scored in double-figures every game this season. Perhaps the most astounding statistic in Davis' and Ross' numbers is the fact that they are shooting .411 and .435, respectively, from the field. Also, Davis is making 42.1 of her shots from beyond the arc and Ross has a 33.3 3-point percentage.
Lorie Butler-Rayford has the most number of double-doubles by any other current player in the Mountain West Conference with 10. She picked up her third double-double of the season against SMU Friday night.
Junior guard Adrianne Ross leads TCU in three categories: points (16.8 ppg), assists (3.17 apg) and steals (2.33). Davis is averaging 14.7 ppg. Ross has led TCU in scoring in 4-of-6 contests. Davis has led the Lady Frogs in scoring twice.
The top-four scorers in the MWC represent the four different classes. Colorado State freshman Kelly Jo Mullaney leads the MWC in scoring, averaging 19.4 ppg. TCU junior Adrianne Ross is second with 17.8 ppg, followed by Utah sophomore Morgan Warburton (16.6 ppg). Colorado State senior Molly Nohr rounds out the top four, averaging 16.4 ppg.
Freshman Danielle Nunn has come on strong for the Lady Frogs through the first six games of the season. She is averaging a team-third-best 9.5 points per game and shooting an impressive 50 percent from the field. Nunn is second on the squad with 1.83 steals and averaging 21.7 minutes of playing time per outing. In the league, she ranks fourth in shooting percentage and 22nd overall in scoring.
TCU has five players ranked in the top of the league in scoring average: Adrianne Ross (2nd), Ashley Davis (12th), Danielle Nunn (22nd), Lorie Butler-Rayford (23rd) and Helen Roden (29th).
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