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    Pacific Women's Basketball Returns To Spanos Saturday vs SIUE

    Nov 25, 2011

    The Pacific women's basketball team returns home to face Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Saturday in a 4 p.m. tip-off at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

    The Tigers, 1-3, picked up their first win on Tuesday, rolling 96-73 over Cal State Bakersfield on the road as the Tigers tallied 74 points in the paint with 29 lay-ups. Pacific tied a school-record with 34 assists and posted the second-most points in a true road game in program history.

    "We did a good job of handling their press at Bakersfield, and did a great job of sharing the ball and making the extra pass," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "Now we need to gain some momentum against a very good SIUE team."

    The Tigers had all the momentum Tuesday, holding the lead for all but 26 seconds against the Roadrunners. Pacific scored 38 points on the fast break, shooting 60 percent from the field.

    Junior Ashley Wakefield was four assists shy of a triple double, with 17 points and 10 rebounds to go with six assists. Junior Kendall Rodriguez posted a double-double of her own with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and finished two dimes shy of a triple-double with a career-best eight assists. Senior Christina Thompsondominated inside, with 11 field goals on 13 attempts for a game-high 22 points.

    Pacific will be facing a Cougars team (3-1) that plays a very different style than CSU Bakersfield, as SIUE prefers a slow-tempo style. The Tigers opened their season at Fairfield, which also uses most of the shot clock on each possession.

    The Tigers fell 56-47 in that contest on Nov. 13 at Fairfield, facing a 32-16 free throw disparity to a Stags team that returned four starters from a 17-13 team last season.

    SIUE is playing its' second game of a Northern California road trip, after suffering their first loss of the season on Wednesday at Sacramento State.

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