Tigers Win Fifth-Straight, 64-52, at UCSB

Tigers Win Fifth-Straight, 64-52, at UCSB

Santa Barbara, Calif. - Ashley Wakefield scored a season-high 19 points as the Pacific women's basketball team won its fifth in a row, 64-52 at UC Santa Barbara. Kendall Rodriguez added 13 points while Kendall Kenyon added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Erica McKenzie tied a career-high with nine rebounds, added eight points and five assists, while Gena Johnson tallied eight points and five assists.

The Tigers improve to 12-2 on the season and 2-0 in the Big West. UCSB falls to 5-10 overall and 1-2 in the Big West.

Pacific ran an efficient offense, shooting 47 percent for the game, with 24 field goals on 51 shots. The Tigers tallied 32 points in the paint to the Gauchos 16, and turned 17 UCSB turnovers into 18 points.

Pacific drew first blood on a drive by Wakefield, three from Rodriguez and a jumper from Kenyon for a 7-0 lead. The Tigers hit six of their first eight shots, building a 15-4 lead. But the Gauchos answered back with a 7-0 run of their own. Sam Pettinger delivered a kiss off the glass and finished in transition while being fouled to restore a 10-point lead at 21-11 with 9:50 to go in the first.

McKenzie found Kenyon underneath to curb a mini-run by the Gauchos, as the Tigers led 29-20, 3:03 before halftime. Angelei Agguirre hit a jumper for UCSB and neither team converted in the final 2:37 as Pacific took a seven-point lead into halftime, 29-22.

Pacific shot 48 percent in the first half (12-of-25) while holding UCSB to 38 percent (10-of-26). The Tigers held a 16-6 edge in points in the paint and turned nine UCSB turnovers into nine first-half points.

Kenyon and Wakefield made lay-ups and Rodriguez knocked down a three-pointer as the Tigers went on a 9-3 run to lead by 14 at 39-25.

A three-pointer by Rodriguez gave the Tigers a 20-point advantage, 50-30. UCSB slowly whittled away as they got into the bonus with 11 minutes left.  The Gauchos drew within 55-43 with 7:36 to go, but Wakefield hit a three with the shot clock winding down. Pacific held the Gauchos without a field goal for 4:24 and ground down the clock. UCSB hit a pair of buckets in the final 30 seconds, settling the final margin at 12.

Pacific did not trail for the second-straight game and posted a third-straight win in Santa Barbara.

UC Santa Barbara was led by Nicole Nesbit with 13 points.

The Tigers will face off against Cal Poly on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Mott Gym in San Luis Obispo.