Women's Hoops Takes On San Diego In WNIT 2nd Round
Stockton, Calif. – Fresh off a win over Arizona State, the Pacific women's basketball team heads to San Diego for a second round WNIT matchup against the USD Toreros Sunday at 4 pm at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
The Tigers (18-13) earned the program's first post-season win Friday night, lighting up the scoreboard against the nation's 13th-ranked defense. Arizona State entered the contest 13th in points allowed per game, at 52.5 and 12th in field goal percentage defense (.339). But Pacific shot 44 percent for the game and scored more on Arizona State than any team this season with a 77-62 win at the Spanos Center.
Four Tigers scored in double-figures, led by sophomore guard Gena Johnson with 16. Junior forward Kendall Rodriguez added 15, while junior guards Ashley Wakefield (14) and Erica McKenzie (11) also hit double-digits. McKenzie tied a season-high with seven assists in the game.
Pacific and Arizona State battled back and forth in the first half with eight ties and eight lead changes before the Tigers closed the first half with a 13-2 run to seize control. Pacific stretched the lead to 17 in the second half, but the Sun Devils narrowed the margin back down six. From there, it was all Pacific as the Tigers surged out to a double-digit lead and McKenzie provided the dagger with an off-balance runner from just inside the arc to beat the shot clock.
The Tigers hit all of their final 10 free throws to seal the 15-point win and advance to the WNIT's second round.
The Toreros enter the second round at 23-8 on the season after a 12-4 West Coast Conference season. San Diego hung on against Big West foe Cal State Northridge Friday night in their first round game, 60-58.
The winner of Sunday's San Diego-Pacific matchup will take on the winner of Texas Tech and Tulane, who meet Sunday in Lubbock. Date, time and location of the third round will be announced after Sunday's contest.