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    Pacific Women’s Basketball Plays Host to Portland Sunday at 2 p.m.

    Dec 17, 2010

    On Sunday the Pacific Tigers return to the Spanos Center for their first women's basketball home game in 17 days, when they take on Portland at 2 p.m. It will be the fourth-straight game against a West Coast Conference team for Pacific, with the previous three on the road.

    "It's good to be back at home," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "We need to take advantage of that, and play a full 40 minutes. We're improving every day in practice, but without consistent focus on the court, there's lapses. We need to be more consistent and play with confidence. Portland is a good team, so it will be a tough game, but we're looking forward to playing in the Spanos Center again."

    The last game in the Alex G. Spanos Center for the Tigers came on December 1, when Pacific nearly erased a 17-point deficit to Fresno State, using a 20-4 run to pull within one, but eventually falling 66-64. On Thursday, the Tigers dropped another close one, using a 10-2 run against Santa Clara to take a 47-46 lead with 2:16 remaining. But the Broncos rattled off six unanswered points to come away with a 52-47 win and drop Pacific to 3-7 on the season and 1-3 against WCC teams this season.

    Pacific was led by 15 points and nine rebounds from freshman forward Danielle Peacon (Sparks, Nev.). Peacon also rejected three shots, giving her 22 for the season. Her 2.2 blocks per game average ranks second in the Big West.

    Sophomore guard Erica McKenzie recorded five steals, accounting for over one-third of the turnovers forced by Pacific. Senior guard Jennifer Fath (Carrollton, Texas) handed out five assists and now has 15 dimes against four turnovers in her last five games. She leads the Big West in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.83

    Portland enters the contest at 8-3 overall, and have won three in a row. The Tigers are 4-5 all-time against Portland, with the two squads splitting the last two meetings. Portland won last year's contest, at home, 80-66 on Dec. 4, 2009, while the Tigers won the last game in the Spanos Center, 68-50, on Dec. 3, 2008. Pacific is 2-1 against Portland all-time in the Spanos Center.

    Following Sunday's contest, the Tigers travel to Montana State for a Wednesday tip-off on Dec. 22. at 6 p.m. PT.