Erica McKenzie Named Pacific Competitor Of The Month
Pacific women's basketball junior guard Erica McKenzie was name the Tigers' Competitor of the Month for December in a vote of the Pacific head coaches.
McKenzie was the Tigers' leading scorer in the month of December with 13.2 points per game. She hit 15 of her 32 attempts from three-point range. The Sparks, Nev. native demonstrated extraordinary competitive fire in Pacific's win at Nevada, as the Tigers trailed by 10 with 2:02 remaining. McKenzie buried back-to-back three pointers 15 seconds apart, helping Pacific finish regulation with a 10-0 run to force overtime.
In the Tigers' next outing, McKenzie hit seven of her eight three-point attempts for a season-high 23 points to key Pacific's win over SEC opponent Florida. The Gators entered the game at 7-2 and finished December at 10-3, with their other losses coming to No. 12 Rutgers and No. 26 Michigan.
For the month, McKenzie hit double-figures in scoring in four of six games, and handed out six assists in the Tigers' win over Air Force.
"Erica embodies toughness and has the mentality of a true competitor. She has really worked hard this past year and we are all seeing that work ethic pay off with her tremendous play this season. She is certainly one of the big reasons as to why we are doing well as a team," head coach Lynne Roberts said.
McKenzie leads the Big West in three-pointers made per game with 2.5 and ranks fifth in Pacific history in made threes, with 136. She ranks sixth in the BWC in scoring (12.8 PPG), fourth in assists (3.7 APG) and three-point percentage (.395) while averaging a team-high 33.1 minutes.
Pacific is off to a 8-6 start as the Tigers' have won eight of their last 11. The Tigers will play host to Long Beach State (Thursday, 7 p.m.) and Cal State Northridge (Saturday, 4 p.m.), looking to improve on their 2-1 Big West record.