Pepperdine brings Dowling back to be head coach

MALIBU, Calif. -- Kristen Dowling has been hired as women's basketball coach at Pepperdine, returning for her third stint at the school.

Dowling spent the past seven years coaching Division III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, where she had a record of 147-46, including six straight 20-win seasons and four appearances in the NCAA tournament from 2014 to 2017.

She was a graduate assistant and academic adviser at Pepperdine from 2006 to 2008. She returned as an assistant coach from 2010 to '12. She earned a master's degree at the school in 2007.

Dowling takes over for former WNBA player DeLisha Milton-Jones, who left last month to become an assistant at Syracuse. The Waves were 22-12 last season and reached the round of 16 in the Women's NIT.