Pacific Women's Hoops Opens Exhibition Season Monday vs Simpson
The 2010-11 Pacific women's basketball season opens Monday as the Tigers play host to Simpson University at the Alex G. Spanos Center at 7 p.m. in an exhibition. The Tigers hit the hardwood for the first of two exhibitions leading up to the regular season opener on Friday, Nov. 12 against Sacramento State at home.
"At this point, every team in America is tired of practicing against themselves. We're excited to be playing another team on Monday" head coach Lynne Roberts said following Friday's practice.
"I think with this young group, we're ready to play. We're excited to get the uniforms on and see what we can do against someone else. Our effort is good, our intensity has been good. We've been learning pretty quickly. I think we're ready to play. Not a finished a product, but we're ready to get started."
After opening the preseason with practice on October 4, the Tigers will have 20 practices under their belts by tip-off on Monday. In the first 18 practices, Roberts has seen elements of the Tigers game come together quickly.
"I think we have legitimate post play this year. We'll be able to score inside," she said. "We're shooting the ball pretty well. We have to work on our play-making ability, in terms of off the dribble. Always at this time of the year you have to work on taking care of the ball. It's early, so there will be mistakes and nerves, but that's why you play the preseason games."
Senior guards Jennifer Fath, Claire McLeod and Arielle White open their final campaigns with the Tigers, along with six other returnees for Pacific, including last year's Big West Sixth Woman of the Year and honorable mention selection Christina Thompson, a junior forward, and All-Freshman team honoree Erica McKenzie.
Monday will also mark the Pacific debuts for four newcomers, freshman forwards Danielle Peacon and Taryn Garza and freshman guards Gena Johnson and Sam Pettinger.
With nearly 60 hours of practice and conditioning, the Tigers finally get to face an opponent Monday. In the Simpson Redhaws, an NAIA school out of Redding, Calif., the Tigers have the opportunity to test their progress against an outside opponent.
"We've seen what we can do 18 times against ourselves," Roberts concluded. "So we're looking forward to seeing what we can do against somebody else."