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March 5, 1988
What is the WCAC and why does it have the best college basketball teams in L.A.? In the backyard of Westwood, Pepperdine has been to the NCAA tournament four of the last six years, and this year, Loyola Marymount cracks the top 20 in the rankings. Perhaps the answer lies in the unheralded magnificence of coaches Jim Harrick (whose Waves have won 65% of their games under him over 9 years) and Loyola's Paul Westhead (who coached the Lakers to an NBA championship). Hazzard and Raveling?
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July 9, 1989 | Alan Drooz
Several sports will have a different scheduling look next season in the West Coast Athletic Conference, and the WCAC could move to the forefront of collegiate soccer in the 1990s as a result of recent league meetings. The biggest immediate news was a change in basketball and baseball scheduling--the WCAC will go back to playing conference basketball games on Thursdays and Saturdays, and baseball teams will again play home-and-home three-game series.
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SPORTS
January 9, 1987 | RAY RIPTON
Numbers may say a lot about Pepperdine's chances of winning its third straight West Coast Athletic Conference title and its sixth in the last seven years. The Waves, who will open WCAC play at the University of San Francisco tonight and then play at Santa Clara Saturday night, have a 4-8 nonconference record. USF is 10-3, Santa Clara 9-5. At home, the Dons are 8-1, Santa Clara 7-1. The five other WCAC teams are all above .500. But Pepperdine Coach Jim Harrick said: "December records are misleading.
SPORTS
June 1, 1989 | GARY KLEIN, Times Staff Writer
It was well past midnight on a warm Memorial Day in Tucson when the clock ran out on the Loyola Marymount baseball team. Loyola's 13-4 loss to Arizona in the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. West I Regional ended a successful season for the Lions under Chris Smith, who became the coach last June when Dave Snow left after four years to take over the baseball program at Cal State Long Beach. Loyola finished 39-24 and ranked 18th in this week's Collegiate Baseball-ESPN poll.
SPORTS
April 21, 1989 | ALAN DROOZ
Loyola Marymount's red-hot baseball team, winner of five straight games and 10 of its last 11, will play host to the University of Nevada-Reno for a four-game West Coast Athletic Conference home stand starting this afternoon at 2:30. The Lions are 27-18 overall and 10-1 in the WCAC and have moved back into the top 25 in the Collegiate Baseball-ESPN poll. With conference leader Pepperdine (13-3) not playing WCAC games this weekend, the Lions can move into first place with a successful series.
SPORTS
January 27, 1985
Senior center David Cooke scored a game-high 29 points and had nine rebounds to lead St. Mary's to a 76-71 victory over Pepperdine in West Coast Athletic Confernce action Saturday night. The loss snapped Pepperdine's eight-game winning streak and dropped the Waves to 14-7 overall and into a first-place tie with Gonzaga in the WCAC at 3-1. St. Mary's improved to 10-8 overall.
SPORTS
March 4, 1986
Pepperdine guard Dwayne Polee has been named the most valuable basketball player in the West Coast Athletic Conference for the second straight year. Eric White of Pepperdine joined Polee on the All-WCAC team, and the Waves' Jim Harrick shared coach-of-the-year honors with Hank Egan of San Diego. Forrest McKenzie of Loyola Marymount was also named to the all-conference team.
SPORTS
April 14, 1989 | ALAN DROOZ
Loyola Marymount's baseball team, in the thick of the race in the West Coast Athletic Conference, will play a four-game series at St. Mary's starting with a single game this afternoon at Moraga. The teams will play a noon doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday. The Lions, 22-18 overall, are 6-1 in the WCAC and trail only Pepperdine (10-2). Loyola has won five of its last six games, including four straight in the WCAC. St. Mary's, swept by Pepperdine last weekend, is 2-9 and 14-25.
SPORTS
February 14, 1987
Pepperdine, which defeated Portland, 81-66, Thursday night for its first road win of the season, meets Gonzaga tonight in a West Coast Athletic Conference game at Spokane, Wash. The Waves, 9-14 overall and 4-6 in conference play, are tied for fifth place with Santa Clara and the University of San Francisco. Teams that finish in the top four in the conference will play at home in the first round of the WCAC tournament on Feb. 28.
SPORTS
February 20, 1987 | Associated Press
Scott Thompson and Mark Manor each scored 14 points Thursday night as the University of San Diego clinched the West Coast Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 61-48 victory over Gonzaga. After Gonzaga pulled within 42-41 with 8:28 to play, San Diego (11-1 in the WCAC, 21-4 overall) went on a 9-1 spurt over the next six minutes to win its 11th straight game.
SPORTS
May 28, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jon Prather batted ninth for Texas Saturday in its Midwest Regional game with USC, so the Trojans thought he'd be the last guy to do anything to help beat them. Well, USC thought wrong. For openers, Prather hit a bases-loaded triple to highlight a six-run rally in the top of the sixth inning that gave the Longhorns a 6-4 lead. Then, after USC went ahead with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, he had a sacrifice fly as Texas regained the lead in the seventh inning and went on to win, 11-8, and eliminate the Trojans before 6,777 at Austin, Tex. Prather, a senior catcher who began play in the double elimination tournament with a .189 batting average, was hitless in the tournament before his triple.
NEWS
May 11, 1989
The Pepperdine baseball team claimed its sixth straight West Coast Athletic Conference Championship by defeating archrival Loyola Marymount three times last weekend. Ranked No. 14 by Collegiate Baseball, the Waves (40-14-1 overall and 20-4 in league) also clinched their fifth consecutive NCAA tournament berth by winning the conference title. Four regular-season games remain. Pairings and seedings for the 48-team tournament will be announced May 22. Pepperdine plays host to Stanford, the two-time defending NCAA champion, on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. "I thought our team played with a tremendous amount of intensity last weekend," first-year Coach Andy Lopez said.
SPORTS
May 7, 1989 | ALAN DROOZ, Times Staff Writer
On a brilliant Malibu afternoon the lights went out on Loyola Marymount's conference baseball title hopes. The Lions dropped two seven-inning, one-run games to Pepperdine, 5-4 and 3-2. That made it three straight for the Waves over Loyola and gave them the West Coast Athletic Conference title. The teams play again today in Malibu, but the Lions will be playing only for pride and playoff seeding. The Pepperdine victories Saturday, coupled with Friday's 3-0 win, raised the Waves to 20-3 in the WCAC.
SPORTS
April 30, 1989 | ALAN DROOZ, Times Staff Writer
The West Coast Athletic Conference baseball race has apparently been whittled to a two-team affair after Loyola kayoed Santa Clara in two seven-inning games Saturday, 4-3 and 8-2, at Loyola. Saturday's victories gave the Lions three straight over the 19th-ranked Broncos and probably knocked third-place Santa Clara out of WCAC title contention. The Lions, 17-1 in the WCAC and 35-18 for the season, have won 16 straight conference games and 13 straight overall. Santa Clara fell to 11-8 in the WCAC and is 36-19 overall.
SPORTS
April 28, 1989 | Alan Drooz
The battle for the West Coast Athletic Conference baseball title has boiled down to a three-team race that will be decided in the next two weekends. "It comes down to who can win two series" is the way Loyola Marymount Coach Chris Smith sums it up. Loyola has won 12 straight conference games to move into the lead with a 14-1 record. Right behind is Pepperdine at 13-3, then Santa Clara at 11-5. The four other WCAC teams have losing records. The disparity between the haves and have-nots in the WCAC is reflected in the national polls: Loyola's hot streak has swept the Lions to a No. 16 ranking in Collegiate Baseball and No. 17 in Baseball America.
SPORTS
April 26, 1989 | Rick Hazeltine
Sixteen years of watching Pepperdine dominate men's tennis in the West Coast Athletic Conference was a long time--too long, decided the University of San Diego, which ended Pepperdine's streak of 16 consecutive WCAC titles last weekend. It may not have been a surprise that Pepperdine's streak finally came to an end. What was surprising was how it ended. USD dominated three days of play the way Pepperdine dominated those 16 years. The Toreros did not lose a match--singles or doubles--to anyone but teammates.
NEWS
January 31, 1985 | ALAN DROOZ
Loyola Marymount University opens its most important basketball homestand of the year tonight at 7:30 against Santa Clara, and both teams must hope it's not a free-throw contest. The Lions, 9-9 overall and 1-2 in the West Coast Athletic Conference, are shooting only 47% from the foul line in WCAC games and are coming off a frustrating four-point loss at Gonzaga in which they made fewer than 50% of their freebies. Loyola was the WCAC's best foul-shooting team a year ago.
SPORTS
January 27, 1985
Junior guard Kiki Jackson's follow shot with two seconds remaining in the game lifted the University of San Diego to a 68-66 win over the University of Portland in a West Coast Athletic Conference game Saturday night in Earle A. Chiles Center. The Toreros had taken a 33-31 halftime lead on the strength of guard Chris Carr's 12-point performance and led by as many as 12 points in the second half. However, the Pilots fought back to take a 64-63 lead with 1:33 remaining.
SPORTS
April 23, 1989
The No. 16-ranked University of San Diego, completely dominating singles and doubles, ended Pepperdine's string of 16 consecutive titles and clinched its first West Coast Athletic Conference men's tennis tournament championship Saturday at Pepperdine. USD players earned all four spots in the singles semifinals and both spots in the doubles final while accumulating 99 points, 36 ahead of second-place Pepperdine. In today's singles at USD, Mark Farren will play teammate Dan Mattera in one semifinal, while the No. 1 seeded Jose Luis Noriega will play David Stewart in the other.
SPORTS
April 21, 1989 | ALAN DROOZ
Loyola Marymount's red-hot baseball team, winner of five straight games and 10 of its last 11, will play host to the University of Nevada-Reno for a four-game West Coast Athletic Conference home stand starting this afternoon at 2:30. The Lions are 27-18 overall and 10-1 in the WCAC and have moved back into the top 25 in the Collegiate Baseball-ESPN poll. With conference leader Pepperdine (13-3) not playing WCAC games this weekend, the Lions can move into first place with a successful series.
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