Pacific Women's Basketball Opens WCC Saturday Vs Portland; No. 21 Gonzaga Monday
University of the Pacific women's basketball team opens the program's first West Coast Conference schedule on Saturday against Portland. The Tigers take on the Pilots at 2 p.m. at the Alex G. Spanos Center and face No. 21 Gonzaga 5 p.m. Monday at home.
The Tigers (5-5) are coming off a last-season win over Richmond at the Long Beach Classic last Saturday. Pacific rallied from down 17 in the first half, for a 59-57 win over the Spiders. Pacific scored the final four points of the game, in a span of 3.3 seconds, as Kendall Kenyon hit a pair of free throws to tie the game, and KiKi Moore stole the inbound pass and found Kenyon for the game-winning bucket with 0.2 seconds to go.
The comeback win evened Pacific's record at 5-5 after non-conference action. The Tigers found themselves in the consolation game of the Beach Classic after nearly up-ending No. 23 Florida State before falling 73-66. Pacific was within striking distance the entire second half, but couldn't surge ahead against the Seminoles, falling to 0-2 this season against ranked teams.
Portland enters WCC play at 7-4 overall, with losses to Oregon, Oregon State, Fresno State and Montana. The Pilots hold wins over Eastern Washington, Washington, Seattle, Columbia, Bose State, Cal Poly and Portland State.
Portland has won three of four entering the weekend, coming off a 76-49 win over Portland State on Saturday.
Junior Cassandra Brown leads the Pilots with 16.8 points per game.
The Tigers will get a third chance this season at knocking off a ranked team when No. 21 Gonzaga visits on Monday, at 5 p.m. The defending WCC champion Bulldogs are 10-2 this season, and sit at 21st in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and 24 in the Associated Press Top 25.
Gonzaga has won eight out of nine, with both losses this season coming to ranked teams, No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 6 Stanford. Gonzaga faces Saint Mary's on Saturday before visiting Stockton on Monday.
The tip-off between Pacific and Gonzaga has been moved up to 5 p.m. to accommodate the broadcast of the Pacific men's game to follow. Both women's basketball contests on Saturday and Monday will be available online at PacificTigers.com.