by Patrick Giblin

The Tigers women's basketball team defeated the undefeated Fordham in their first ever match up. This moves the Tigers to 5-0 for othe season, the best start they have had in more than 20 years.

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Pacific Basketball Makes Strong Showing Against Fierce Opponents

Nov 23, 2012

Pacific Women's Basketball downs Fordham to move to a 5-0 run -- the strongest start in 30 years. Meanwhile, the men's team battles the fierce competitor Cal to take second in DirecTV Classic Championship

Kendall Kenyon and Ashley Wakefield turned in double-doubles as Pacific women's basketball downed Fordham 62-40 Friday night to move to 5-0 for the first time since 1980-81.

Kenyon scored in double-figures for the fifth-straight game, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds.  Ashley Wakefield turned in her first double-double of the season, with 12 points and 10 boards. Gena Johnson, 11, and Kendall Rodriguez, 10, joined them in double-figures.

Pacific owned the glass, with a 47-28 rebounding advantage. The Tigers held Fordham to just six offensive rebounds and zero second-chance points.

"I thought our rebounding was spectacular. That was our key: We wanted to keep them off the offensive boards and so I'm very proud of the team as we held them to six," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "I think our balance again was evident tonight. Ashley Wakefield was able to use her speed and athleticism to score and did a great job on the glass tonight."

For the fourth-straight game, Pacific held an opponent under 32 percent shooting. The Tigers allowed just five, second-half field goals, holding the Rams to 11-of-43 shooting for the game.

"That's what makes us go: our defense. When we're good defensively, our offense is better," Roberts added. "Holding them to five second half field goals was tremendous. Fordham's a really good team, and I feel especially proud that we did that against a strong executing team."

The Tigers shot 38 percent for the game, and outscored the Rams in the paint 26-14. Pacific has tallied more in the paint in all five games this season.

Marah Strickland led Fordham with 13 points, while the Rams leading scorer on the season, Erin Rooney was held to a season-low 10.

Shanice Butler's lay-up inside tied the score at 8-8 in the early going. The Tigers used an 8-2 run to take a 21-14 lead with 8:08 to go in the half. McKenzie hit a three-pointer and a pair of free throws to give Pacific a 10-point advantage at 28-18 2:31 before the break.

Pacific held Fordham to 25 percent shooting in the first half, 6-of-24, to take a 32-22 lead into halftime. The Tigers connected at a 36-percent clip,(10-of-28). Pacific out-rebounded the Rams 26-15 in the half.

The Tigers hit five of their first nine shots in the second half, as they led 44-33 with 13:40 to go. Rodriguez nailed a three-pointer and a baseline jumper from Gena Johnson gave Pacific a 15-point advantage at 51-36.

After the Rams' Emily Tapio brought Fordham within 11, at 51-40 with 5:29 remaining, Pacific closed the game with an 11-2 run. Wakefield connected on an and-one as Pacific stretched the margin to 20, and her jumper provided the 22-point margin.

The Tigers have yet to trail in the second half this season, holding a lead for all but 23 seconds after intermission.

Pacific will face Fresno State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to close out a four-game homestand at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

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