MORAGA, Calif. – The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team (14-3, 4-2 West Coast Conference) hosts Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount this week. On Thursday, the Gaels host the Waves at 6:00 p.m. Saturday’s match-up features the Gaels hosting the Lions at 1:00 p.m. Both match-ups are in McKeon Pavilion where the Gaels are undefeated this season.
After playing four straight road conference games, the Gaels are now in their friendly confines of McKeon Pavilion for five of their next six WCC games. Last week the Gaels won two road games at Santa Clara 80-70 and at San Francisco 86-67.
Saint Mary’s is led by Jackie Nared with 21.3 ppg. Danielle Mauldin averages a double-double with 17.8 ppg and 13.8 rpg and is third in the NCAA in rebounding. With 1,090 career rebounds, Mauldin is 33 rebounds shy of setting both the WCC and SMC career records. Louella Tomlinson holds both marks with 1,122 (2007-11). Mauldin’s 13 double-doubles ties her for the national lead.
The Gaels should not have a problem getting motivated to face a Pepperdine squad that handed the Gaels a loss on the final day of the regular season in 2012-13. The Waves enter the week with a 5-11 mark and a WCC win over Santa Clara. Pepperdine’s WCC losses have come against BYU, USD, USF and last week against LMU.
Pepperdine features one of the WCC’s top scorers in Bria Richardson, averaging 17.9 ppg. Richardson scored 44 points in the overtime win against SCU. Keitra Wallace (13.3ppg), Allie Green (12.2ppg) and Ea Shoushtari (10.9ppg) also average double-figures.
SMC has won five straight over LMU and 39 of 55 all-time meetings. LMU enters the week with a 4-12 record and 1-4 WCC mark. LMU takes on Pacific before making the trip to Moraga. The Lions have played eight games decided by four points or less, but are just 1-7 in those contests. Last week LMU got its first WCC win on the road at Pepperdine, 76-64.
Hazel Ramirez leads LMU with 14.0 ppg while Deanna Johnson adds12.5 ppg. As a team, LMU averages 66.9ppg and out-rebounds its opponents 42.2 – 40.7.