Pacific Women's Hoops Plays Host To Hawai'i Sunday
University of the Pacific women's basketball team returns home to the Spanos Center to face Hawai'i at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Tigers look to remain unbeaten at home and rebound from an overtime heartbreaker at No. 21 Cal last Saturday.
The Tigers (4-3) came within one play of knocking off the Golden Bears in their home gym, falling 68-66 in overtime. Kendall Kenyon scored a career-high 29 points to go with 16 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Madison Parrish added 11 points with eight assists, while KiKi Moore handed out seven helpers to go with 10 points and nine rebounds. Pacific also forced 19 Cal turnovers.
Pacific ranks 20th in the NCAA in steals and 18th in turnover margin. The Tigers have committed fewer turnovers than they've forced in six of seven games this season, with 165 total forced to 118 committed.
The Tigers face a Hawai'i team that enters Friday's action with 139 turnovers, while forcing 130. The Rainbow Wahine are 5-3 going into their match-up at Oregon State, the second road trip for Hawai'i this season after a six-game homestead.
Pacific and Hawai'i split the season series last season, the Tigers' final year in the Big West. The Tigers posted a 71-61 win in the Spanos Center before falling in overtime 74-71 on the road. Hawai'i was playing their first season back in the Big West last year, and the two programs will meet for the first time in a non-conference match-up since 1984.
Kenyon, who is averaging 19.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game, posted one of her 14 double-doubles last season against Hawai'i. But the Rainbow Wahine have a strong post of their own in Kamilah Jackson, formerly Kamilah Martin. Jackson is averaging 18.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game to lead Hawai'i in each category.
Pacific is 4-0 at home this season, averaging 89.5 points per game in the Alex G. Spanos Center.