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Pacific Women's Hoops Welcomes Fresno State To Spanos Center Wednesday

Nov 26, 2012

The Pacific women's basketball team closes out a four-game home stand on Wednesday as Fresno State visits the Alex G. Spanos Center for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

The Tigers (5-0) are one of 31 undefeated teams in Division I, and off to the program's best start since 1980-81.

Pacific's hot start can be attributed to depth, balance and tenacious defense. The Tigers rank 22nd in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 32 percent shooting. The Tigers are also 14th in defending the three-point line (20 percent against).

The Tigers' starting five is each averaging over 8.2 points per game, and seven different players have scored in double-figures in a game this season.

"We're off to a good start and we're proud of our team for the way we've been playing," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "The effort and focus on improving is there. We're not playing perfect basketball, but actually, that's exciting; Every day this group comes to practice and wants to get better. And if we want to keep winning we have to keep getting better. We're not talking about what we've achieved, we're talking about how we can get better."

Pacific takes on a Fresno State squad which has opened the season at 2-1. Their lone loss comes to currently No. 1-ranked Stanford. The Bulldogs have made five straight NCAA Tournaments as the champions of the Western Athletic Conference, but have moved to the Mountain West Conference this season.

Wednesday is Women's Basketball Holiday Game Night; fans who bring a new toy to donate will receive a half price admission to the game.

Following the contest, the Tigers will have four consecutive road games, starting Dec. 3 at San Jose State.

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