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    Pacific Women's Basketball Set For Lone Road Contest at UC Irvine

    Jan 13, 2010
    After opening Big West Conference play with a victory, and then falling in the last three contests, the Pacific women's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track when it hits the road again once more. The Tigers will take on UC Irvine in the lone match-up of the week, in Irvine, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 16. Tip-off time is slated for 4 p.m.

    The entire contest will be broadcast on KSTN 1420 AM locally in the Central Valley, and will also be simulcast at www.pacifictigers.com. The pre-game show begins approximately 20 minutes prior to tip-off.

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    Pacific Women's Basketball This Time:
    Saturday, Jan. 16 - at UC Irvine, 4 p.m.

    Pacific Women's Basketball Last Time, 0-2:
    Thursday, Jan. 7 - L, 53-63 vs. Cal Poly
    Saturday, Jan. 9 - L, 58-65 vs. UC Santa Barbara

    Pacific tops the Anteaters in the all-time series, 32-24. At home the Tigers prevail leading the series 19-7, but away from the Spanos Center UC Irvine has the edge, as Pacific is 12-14 on the road against UC Irvine. However, over the past three years the Tigers have won four-consecutive meetings and are looking to extend the win streak to five entering 2010. Pacific won the most recent meeting, 48-44, on the road on Feb. 14, 2009. The streak kicked off with a 69-59 victory in Irvine on Jan. 17, 2007. The Anteaters' last victory came on Feb. 1, 2007, when they defeated Pacific in the Alex G. Spanos Center, 79-58.

    With blocks against Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly last weekend, senior Emma Head (San Diego, Calif.) has sealed her name in the top 10 all-time Pacific block leaders. In 95 games with the Tigers, Head has amassed 56 blocks (0.6 bpg). Head's block total in her senior season now sits at 14, which puts her four off her career-best mark set as a sophomore.

    To enter into the top 10, Head knocked off former 10th-best all-time blocker is Gretchen Meinhardt (1984-88) who tallied 55 blocks in her 101 career games at Pacific, for a 0.5 blocks per game average. Sitting as the No. 9 blocker at Pacific is Andrea Nederostek (2000-04) who tallied 61 career blocks in 106 games at Pacific, which gives her a 0.6 blocks per game average. Head is now five blocks away from No. 9, and 15 blocks away from No. 7 (71).

    Additionally, junior Gretchen Tiernan's (Roseville, Calif.) three-pointer against San Francisco at home on Dec. 10 gave her 65 career three-pointers in 34 games at Pacific. That puts the junior within striking distance of Pacific's top 10 all-time three-point shooters. In her career at Pacific, Jessie Menkens (2003-05) finished up with 70 treys to sit in 10th place in Pacific history. Tiernan needs only five more this season to tie Menkens for 10th place in Pacific's record books. Last season, Gretchen led all Tigers with 59 baskets from behind the three-point arc. If she can sink 68 more in her career, Tiernan will be among the top five. Charmon Logan (1987-91) holds the No. 5 spot with 133 career three-pointers, while Selena Ho (1998-2002) is the career three-point record leader with 271 career treys at Pacific.

    In the single season records, sophomore Eliza Dy (Chino Hills, Calif.) is approaching the top 10 for single-season steals. Tied for 9th are Debbie Geyser (1986-87) and Sheri Bates (1982-83) with 63 steals each. Currently, Dy has 31 and is halfway to meeting that mark.

    Against UC Santa Barbara in conference play, freshman Erica McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.) dropped in a career-high 22 points, fueled behind 6-of-14 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Six three-pointers is the third most treys a Pacific player has tallied in a single game, in program history. During the 2008-09 season, then sophomore Gretchen Tiernan's (Roseville, Calif.) best single game effort came in the 63-58 victory against Cal State Northridge, when she knocked down a career-best seven three-pointers, for 21 points on the night. Tiernan's seven treys is the second most in program history. But the mark for single-game three-pointers was established by Eden Palacio on Feb. 28, 1998, when she tallied nine three-pointers in a single game.

    Becoming the first player to do so during the 2009-10 season, sophomore Christina Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.) earned her first career Big West Player of the Week award for the week ending Jan. 3, after leading the Pacific women's basketball team to its first winning streak of the season.

    Opening Big West Conference play on the road with a 76-70 overtime victory at Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Jan. 2, Thompson sealed the win with a career-high 23 points that gave the Tigers their first conference-opening win on the road since Jan. 3, 1994, when Pacific defeated Nevada on the road, 81-52. The win at Cal State Northridge last week marks two-consecutive seasons that the Tigers have won their conference opener. The last time Pacific won back-to-back conference openers dates back to the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.

    As the sophomore center stepped up over the past two games, the Tigers are on their first win streak of the season, claiming back-to-back contests and snapping a seven-game losing streak. Beginning with her 17 points against Saint Mary's on Tuesday, Dec. 29, Thompson established new career highs both nights topping the previous outing.

    Against the Gaels, Thompson tallied career highs in: points (17) rebounds (8), field goal attempts (14), free throws made (5) and free throw attempts (12).

    In only 22 minutes of action against Cal State Northridge, Thompson then re-established new career highs five nights later in the categories of: points (23), field goals (6 to tie existing career high), free throws made (11) and free throw attempts (14). Her three blocks against the Matadors also helped Thompson increase her average to 1.3 blocks per game (12 this season), which puts her as the conference's third-best blocker.

    In her weekly production, Christina shot .480 from the field and .615 from free throw line, while averaging 20.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. For her offensive numbers, Thompson now sits as the Tigers' second-leading scorer on the season, and the 15th-best scorer in Big West Conference with 99 overall points (11.0 per game).