Women's Basketball Visits UC Davis Saturday
Stockton, Calif. - Pacific renews its rivalry with UC Davis on Saturday as the Pacific women's basketball teams visits the Pavilion to take on the Aggies at 2 p.m. The Tigers have won 10 of 14 as they resume Big West play following a non-conference win over Seattle.
The Tigers (10-7 overall, 3-2 Big West) begin a stretch of four consecutive road games against an 11-6 Aggies squad that also sits 3-2 in Big West play.
In the last four games, Pacific is out-rebounding opponents by an average of eight boards per game. The four-game stretch coincides with Kendall Kenyon moving into the starting role at center. The 6-3 freshman has three double-doubles in four starts, and is averaging 14.3 points and 9.0 rebounds with 2.0 blocks per game as a starter while shooting 50 percent from the field.
The Tigers will go for back-to-back wins, after Tuesday's 81-79 overtime win over Seattle. Junior guard Ashley Wakefield's drive, spin move and bucket with 2.2 seconds left in overtime provided the game-winner. Wakefield finished with a team-high 18 points. Junior Erica McKenzie drained a deep three-pointer to tie the game at 71-71 and force overtime as part of her nine points on the night.
"We always love the chance to play UC Davis. They have such a great program – I have a ton of respect for their coaching staff and how they play. This has definitely turned into a rivalry type of game and it's one that I know both programs really love competing in. We're looking forward to the challenge of playing them first on the road," head coach Lynne Roberts said.
The Aggies will look to contain a Pacific offense that is averaging 75.7 points per game since returning from a season-opening road trip to Fairfield and No. 4 UConn, an average higher than the Tigers' school record for points per game in a season (75.6, 1982-83). UC Davis enters Saturday's contest second in the Big West in scoring defense, allowing just 62.1 points per game. Pacific leads the conference in scoring offense, at 72.7 points per game overall.
"Davis runs a unique style of play," Roberts continued. "They run their trademark extended 2-3 zone and the Princeton offense. You have to prepare a little differently when you get ready to play them. For us to be successful, we have to take care of the ball and try to control tempo and play our style of basketball."
The two squads enter first and second in the BWC in three-pointers made per game, with Davis at 7.5 to the Tigers' 5.5. Pacific leads the conference in three-pointer percentage, at .331 to the Aggies' .299.
Following the contest, the Tigers will visit Cal Poly (Thurs., 1/26) and UC Santa Barbara (Sat., 1/28) next week, before the final game of the four-game road swing at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 4.