Pacific's Peacon Named Big West Player of the Week for Women’s Basketball
Pacific freshman forward Danielle Peacon (Sparks, Nev.) was named Big West Player of the Week after setting a school record for points by a freshman in the Tigers' 94-86 win over Sacramento State Friday. The 6-3 frosh also pulled in a game-high 18 rebounds.
Peacon became the fourth freshman to hit 30 points in a game in the history of Pacific's program, topping the 31 by Julie Szukalski (Feb. 28, 1987 vs UNLV), Kim McDonald (Jan. 17, 1978 vs Stanford) current senior Jennifer Fath (Jan. 24, 2008 vs Cal Poly).
The 2010 Northern Nevada Player of the Year from Reed High School in Sparks, Nevada, connected on 16-of-25 from the field, while adding two assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
Peacon recorded 13 of her game-high 18 rebounds in the second half for the double-double in her first collegiate game.
The 33 points is believed to be one the best debuts for a true freshman in NCAA history. The NCAA record for points in a game by a freshman is 54, however Delaware's redshirt freshman Elena Delle Donne was playing in her 25th game of the 2010 season when she posted that mark, in overtime, against James Madison. The record for most points in a game by a true freshman is believed to be 39 by NCAA all-time scoring leader Jackie Stiles of Southwest Missouri State, who hit that total in her 19th career game. The NCAA does not have records for most points in a freshman's first game.
Peacon started off the game with three baskets in the first 3:21, as the Tigers jumped out to a 7-2 lead on Sacramento State. She connected on 8-of-11 field goal attempts in the first half to post 16 points at intermission.
In the second half, Peacon recorded 13 of her game-high 18 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. She hit the 30 point mark with a jumper with 3:19 remaining, tying her with the aforementioned trio at 31 points, and then her jumper in the paint at the 2:50 mark to claim the record with 33.
The Tigers are back in action Monday against San Diego at 7 p.m. at the Alex G. Spanos Center.