Pacific Women's Hoops Visits San Jose State For Monday Road Game
The Pacific women's basketball team looks to stay perfect as the Tigers travel to San Jose State for a Monday non-conference road game at 7 p.m. Pacific will be opening a four-game road swing at the Events Center in San Jose on Monday.
The Tigers are off to the program's second-best start in school history at 6-0 after an undefeated November.
"I liked how our early season schedule set-up for us [in November]" head coach Lynne Roberts said. "I'm sure I've said it a hundred times, but we're not looking beyond our next game. San Jose State is very well coached and that program is turning it around. That's going to be challenging start to the road stretch."
San Jose State (3-3) will play host to the Tigers after downing Cal State Northridge on Saturday, 73-63. SJSU's Riana Byrd led the Spartans with 19 rebounds and 17 points.
Pacific hits the road after a 4-0 home stand at the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers closed the four game sweep with a 66-56 win over Fresno State on Wednesday. Down seven with three minutes to go before halftime, Pacific closed the half with a 7-0 run and scored the first five points of the second half. The Tigers have yet to trail in the second half of a game this season.
Pacific's Kendall Rodriguez turned in her first double-double of the year, and the 11th of the senior's career, to lead the Tigers over Fresno State, which has made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last five seasons. Rodriguez tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Ashley Wakefield and Erica McKenzie each posted 10 points. McKenzie handed out six assists, while Kendall Kenyon scored eight points to go with 10 rebounds in the contest.
The Tigers hot start has been largely due to defense. Pacific entered the week ranked 22nd in field goal percentage defense, and have held their last four opponents under 31 percent shooting. Pacific is allowing an opponents field goal percentage of .290 (66-of-221) in the last four games and .316 for the season.
"Each game, even though we won, we were able to point what we needed to get better with," Roberts added. "And that's the fun part about working with this group: they really want to improve. Now we head into a tough month."
Following Monday's contest, the Tigers will play three more games on the road: at Florida (Dec. 7), at No. 1 Stanford (Dec. 15) and at Saint Mary's (Dec. 20) before taking to the Spanos Center floor again on Dec. 29 against San Francisco.