Re: Pepperdine Womens Program

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Posted by Father Flaherty on December 06, 2016 at 09:17:50:

In Reply to: Pepperdine Womens Program posted by Confused on December 05, 2016 at 23:52:38:

: Pepperdine is a great school, great location. Anyone have any idea why their program is not better than it is. They have been on the bottom of the conference for years. It never seems to get better. At one time their women's and men program was very competitive. With all the talent in CA and surrounding states, not sure why the team is not more competitive.

Yes, great location, nice school, but also very isolated, very socially strict with the student population, and it only attracts a certain kind of student, not the top athletes who want to play against top competition and get great TV and crowd exposure. Pepperdine's physical plant has come a long way from the days when it was located on Vermont Avenue (where Price HS is now located), and it was run by local tire retailer George Pepperdine, a decent, but deeply and extremely religious figure in Southern California history. Pepperdine has grown into a more well-rounded university now, but at its core, it still reflects the philosophy of its founders. Not a criticism at all, and the entire WCC is made up of similar types of schools, but it is what it is: A smallish school, located in a relatively remote area of LA County (it's great if you surf or like the solitude of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area), but it's just not for everyone.

And besides all of that, from a basketball perspective, the women's program has not been terribly competitive, really ever, going just once to the NCAA tournament in the past 11 years (losing in the first round in 2006). Sure they've been to the WNIT three or four times, but if the men's NIT is pretty much inconsequential, the WNIT is even more so.

Hard to recruit there, hard to win and not every available student-athlete fits the school's desired mold.

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