Tigers Open Big West Play Thursday at 5 p.m. vs Titans
Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific women's basketball team will go for it's third-straight win on Thursday, as the Tigers open Big West play at home against Cal State Fullerton in a 5 p.m. tip-off at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Pacific enters at 6-5 on the season, having won back-to-back games over Eastern Washington and Air Force. The Tigers have held three-straight opponents to 61 points or less, outscoring the opposition by an average score of 72-60.
The Tigers had six players in double-figures in a 95-59 win over Air Force, as Pacific's five starters: guards Gena Johnson (13), Erica McKenzie (15) and Ashley Wakefield (10), as well as forward Kendall Rodriguez (12) and Christina Thompson (14) hit the 10+ point mark. Freshman center Kendall Kenyon came off the bench to score 10 points an grab 10 rebounds in the final 12 minutes of the game for her first career double-double.
The 36-point victory was the Tigers' largest margin of victory since 2002, when Pacific wiped out Cal State Northridge by 39, 90-51.
The Tigers are 4-1 at the Spanos Center, winning the last four over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Florida, EWU and Air Force after being nipped in the final seconds against Saint Mary's to open their home slate. Pacific will look for a five-game home win streak for the 18th time in school history (not counting segments of longer streaks).
Cal State Fullerton enters the game with an identical 6-5 record, as Big West play opens. Last season, the Tigers and Titans split the season series, with each squad picking up a home victory.
Thompson scored 19 points while McKenzie and Sam Pettinger each handed out five assists as the Tigers won at the Spanos Center, 69-65, last season. Thompson added 10 at Fullerton while Rodriguez chipped in 12 and Johnson sprung for a career-high 28 points, including 11-for-11 from the free throw line, but the Tigers fell, 72-67, at Fullerton last season. The all-time series stands at 33-23 in favor of the Tigers.