Tigers Wrap Non-Conference Saturday vs USF, Monday vs CSUB
The Pacific women's basketball team returns to the Spanos Center for the first time in a month as the Tigers play host to San Francisco Saturday at 4 p.m., and hold a New Year's Eve matinee Monday at p.m. against Cal State Bakersfield.
The Tigers (8-2) are looking to set a modern program record for non-conference victories in a season. Pacific has eight wins in non-conference play for the second time since joining the Big West in 1984-85. Pacific had a 9-3 record out of conference in 1999-2000. Prior to 1984-85, the Tigers posted five seasons with nine or more non-conference wins, but playing a limited NorPac schedule that allowed up to 19 non-conference games. This season's Pacific squad has also tied the 1980-81 squad for the most wins in a season before New Year's Day, with two games left to play.
Pacific currently sits 14th in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), having peaked at number five on December 1.
The Tigers are back on their home floor for the first time since Nov. 28, when Pacific downed Fresno State, 66-56. The Tigers unbeaten in four home games, out-scoring opponents 272-204 this season.
"It's hard to believe that after a month, we finally get to play at home," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "We've played 10 games total and only four at home. It's going to be nice to put on those home whites and play in front of our fans. I know we're excited to be back here."
"It was a nice Christmas break, but I've been impressed with my team's focus since they've been back. We're pleased that we're 8-2 after 10, but we're certainly not looking backwards. San Francisco's a good team. They're 7-5 right now and have some dangerous players. They're playing hard and playing with confidence."
San Francisco enters Saturday's contest at 7-5 on the season. The Dons hold wins over UC Davis and San Jose State. USF has lost to Big West members CS Fullerton, Cal Poly and CS Northridge, as well as Fordham and Fresno State. The Tigers and Dons have three common opponents, with Pacific beating Fordham, Fresno State and San Jose State.
USF is led in scoring by Mel Khlok (16.4 PPG). She's led the Dons in scoring in seven of 12 games. Taylor Proctor has adds 10.0 points per game and leads the Dons in rebounding at 7.2 per game. The Tigers and Dons didn't meet last season.
The Tigers are 11-17 all-time against the Dons. Pacific and USF did not meet last season. Two seasons ago, the Tigers visited USF and came away with a 76-54 win on Dec. 11, 2010.
CSU Bakersfield enters the weekend at 2-12 on the year, with three losses to Big West opponents. One of the Road Runners' two wins came over BWC opponent UC Irvine. The Tigers and Runners share one common opponent to date, as CSUB lost to Santa Clara, 77-56, while the Tigers downed the Broncos, 72-45.
The Road Runners are led by the duo of Amber Williams (12.8 points per game) and Tyonnna Outland (12.1) points per game, while Janae Coffee adds 10.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest.