Tigers' Johnson, Peacon Earn All-Big West Women's Basketball Honors
Pacific women's basketball freshmen Gena Johnson and Danielle Peacon were named All-Big West Monday, picking up both Honorable Mention and All-Freshman Team honors.
Peacon, a 6-3 forward from Sparks, Nevada, led the Tigers in the regular season with 12.1 points per game, hitting double-figures in 20 of 29 games for Pacific, including 12 of 16 conference games. She connected on 44.6 percent from the field, while pulling down 5.9 rebounds per contest, second on the team. She is tied for the team lead with four double-doubles on the season, and has posted a team-high six games with 20 or more points.
Starting every game this season, Peacon opened her career with a 33-point, 18-rebound performance in the Tigers win over Sacramento State. The 33 points set a new Pacific freshman record and ranks one of the highest debuts by a true freshman in NCAA history.
Her 48 blocked shots this season rate fourth in a single-season in Pacific history, and is two back of second on Pacific's single-season list, seven back of the top mark in a campaign.
Johnson, a 6-0 guard from Elk Grove, Calif., drew the attention of the Big West by averaging 11.8 points per game in conference play. For the year, she has a 9.1 points per game average, but elevated her game in the last 15 contests by connecting on 46 percent from the field and averaging 4.7 rebounds per game. She has reached double-figures in scoring in 10 games this season, including eight in Big West play and seven of the last nine games. In her last 15 games she has blocked 20 shots.
At Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 19, Johnson scored a career-high 28 points on 8-of-14 shooting and 11-of-11 from the free throw line. In her first career start, Gena Johnson pulled down a career-best nine boards at UC Davis with eight points. Her four-game streak in double-figure scoring was snapped, but she rebounded in her second career start at UC Irvine with 11 points to increase her output in the last nine games to 11.3 points per game with 5.3 rebounds per contest and 12 blocked shots.
She tallied a then career-high 19 points at Long Beach State, topping the 13 points she turned in at UC Santa Barbara, hitting six field goals and 6-of-10 from the free throw line. She followed that up with 10 points in the Tigers win at UC Riverside, 16 in the Tigers home contest against UCSB, and 13 against Cal Poly.
In the Tigers first game against UC Santa Barbara, she scored what was then a career-high 13 points as she connected on 4-of-8 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
The Tigers take on UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the 2011 am/pm Big West Tournament.