First Road Game Awaits Pacific Women’s Hoops Tuesday at Southern Utah
After opening with three-straight home games, the Pacific Tigers women's basketball team takes to the road for the first time with a trip to Southern Utah (Tuesday, 6 p.m. PT) and then the UNLV Hyatt Place Lady Rebel Round-Up in Las Vegas for games against Rutgers and either Oregon State or UNLV.
The Tigers, 2-1 in their homestand, will face the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Centrum Arena in Cedar City, Utah. Pacific holds a 4-1 edge all-time against Southern Utah, and have won the last two meetings, including last season's match-up at the Spanos Center (67-54 on Nov. 17). The Tigers also won the last game in Cedar City, 62-60 on Dec. 9, 2006.
"It's the first time on the road with this group, so we're excited to get out there," assistant coach Bradley Davis said. "Southern Utah is going to be tough at there place. They play well at home. So far, they've played three tough teams before this, so we know they're going to be hungry. For us to win on the road we have to be tough and we have to be together. We've been preaching chemistry and toughness. And when you go on the road, all you have is each other. For us to win at Southern Utah, we really have to do well on the boards. We need to take care of rebounding on both ends."
Pacific's 2-1 start was keyed by points in the paint. The Tigers have outscored opponents 126-68 inside this season, an average of 42-23 per contest. Freshman forward Danielle Peacon (Sparks, Nev.) has led the effort with 18 plus points in each contest and 23.3 PPG scoring average. Sophomore forward Jordan Rogers (Sparks, Nev.) has added 11.7 points per game, including back-to-back efforts of 14 and 13 points, and freshman forward Taryn Garza (Modesto, Calif.) has chipped in 7.3 points per game, while Kendall Rodriguez (La Habra, Calif.) is averaging 6.3 per contest to give the Tigers a formidable post-game. Peacon and Rodriguez each are averaging 9.0 rebounds per game to lead Pacific.
On the perimeter, the Tigers long-range game got on track against San Jose State on Friday. After hitting five three pointers in their first two games, Pacific drained seven against the Spartans as Rogers, Peacon and guard Erica McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.) each connected on two. Rodriguez added a triple of her own as the Tigers won 70-57. Senior guard Jennifer Fath (Carrollton, Texas) leads the Tigers guards with a 7.7 points per game average while McKenzie has handed out a team-high 13 assists and picked up a team-leading eight steals.
The Thunderbirds are 0-3 on the young season, falling at UNLV, 76-42, in their opener, at Boise State, 91-80, and at home against Montana State, 76-52, on Friday. Southern Utah is allowing 81.0 points per game this season. Caitlyn Sears (17.0 PPG) and Challis Pascucci (12.0 PPG) pace the Southern Utah offense.
Following Tuesday's game, the Tigers will spend Thanksgiving in Las Vegas and meet Rutgers in the UNLV Hyatt Place Rebel Round-Up on Friday at 5 p.m. Pacific will face either Oregon State or host UNLV on Saturday. The consolation game tips off at 5:00 p.m. with the championship to follow at 7:30 p.m.