Pacific Women's Basketball Heads to Northridge, Hawai'i
The Pacific women's basketball team looks to regain momentum with a road trip to Cal State Northridge (Thursday, 7 pm) and Hawai'i (Saturday, 9 pm). The Tigers are 18-5 overall and in first place in the Big West at 8-3.
The Tigers had won 11 of 12 before suffering their first home losses last week, to Cal Poly, 62-59, and UC Santa Barbara, 52-47. In each game, the Pacific offense lost its' momentum in the second half and couldn't recover the lead.
The Tigers' momentum was at its highest in program history entering last week, receiving votes in both polls. Pacific held a two-game lead over Cal Poly and Hawai'i in the Big West standings, but Pacific's Thursday loss to Cal Poly, followed by "Upset Saturday" in which the the top three teams in the standings all suffered defeats has created a log-jam at second place and tightened up the pack.
At 8-3 in the Big West, the Tigers sit a game ahead of Cal Poly, Hawai'i and UC Santa Barbara (all 7-4), with Cal State Northridge right behind at 6-5.
The Tigers are 16-11 all-time against Cal State Northridge. Pacific won 60-51 at the Spanos Center on Jan. 19 as Kendall Kenyon went for 19 points, 22 rebounds and a school-record eight blocked shots in the contest. Her 22 blocks were the most by a Tiger in a game since 1984. Kendall Rodriguez added 15 points, while Gena Johnson and Erica McKenzie each chipped in eight. Pacific never trailed in the first meeting.
Kenyon has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in all seven games starting with that Northridge match-up. She also pulled down 19 against Long Beach State and has 93 total rebounds in those seven games (13.3 per game).
Tip-off from the Matadome in Northridge is Thursday at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Pacific takes its first conference trip to Hawai'i since 1996 for a 9 p.m. (Pacific, 7 p.m. Hawai'ian) tip-off at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Hawai'i owns a 25-9 lead in the all-time series, but the two teams met once since 1996, the Rainbow Wahine's last season of Big West membership for women's sports. The Tigers never trailed in the Jan. 17 meeting as Pacific won 71-61 in the Spanos Center behind 18 points from Rodriguez and 12 each from Kenyon and McKenzie.
With 18 wins, Pacific is two away from tying the program record for wins in a season.