Senior Kendall Rodriguez (above) reached 1,000 career points during the December 29 game against San Francisco.
Tiger Hoops are Hot!
Just how hot have Tiger hoops been this season?
Think beyond-the-century-mark, triple-overtime hot.
In record-breaking court performances, the Tigers have been sending the scoreboard soaring while fans in the Alex G. Spanos Center have been treated to edge-of-their-seats basketball action.
The season's excitement started with a men's high when they battled fierce competitor Cal to take second in DirecTV Classic Championship, beating Xavier and nationally ranked Saint Mary's to advance to the championship. The Tigers are the first Big West Conference team in six years of the Classic to win their opening round game. Senior Lorenzo McCloud garnered DirecTV Classic All-Tournament honors for the Tigers.
Meanwhile, women's basketball had their strongest start in 30 years when they downed Fordham to move to 5-0. They continued that streak to 8-0 before they lost their first game of the year to Florida in a season start that was the best winning streak the women Tigers has had since the 2002-03 season.
That proved to be a precursor to more milestones for the women, who in a crushing game against CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 31 tied a program high for points in a game against a Division I opponent (102-60). The game also marked the first time a Pacific basketball team scored more than 100 points since 1991.
The women went on to:
- wrap up non-conference play with 10 wins for the first time since joining the Big West in 1984-85
- fight a first-ever triple-overtime battle against Cal Poly Jan. 12
- have the 17th player (Kendall Rodriguez) in Pacific history reach 1,000 career points when the Tigers battled San Francisco Dec. 29. Then during the Jan. 19 battle against CSU Northridge, Erica McKenzie became the 18th player in Pacific history to reach the same goal
During the Jan. 19 game against Northridge, Kendall Kenyon grabbed 22 rebounds, becoming the first Tiger in 22 years to grab more than 20. Additionally, her eight blocked shots during that game set a modern-era record, while the Tigers 13 blocks as a team set the program's modern record.
The men Tigers hit another high point during the season when they captured the fifth most steals in a game in history with 14 against Hawaii on Jan. 17.
As the Tigers headed into their last season in the Big West, the amazing successes of both teams put them into the top 50 in the RealTimeRPI.com Ratings Percentage Index ratings, making Pacific only one of 14 NCAA universities and colleges in the U.S. to have both their men and women's basketball teams ranked so high. Pacific rejoins the West Coast Conference (WCC) next year.
So what's the next big score for Tiger hoops? Follow men's and women's basketball at pacifictigers.com and cheer them on during their next challenge in the Spanos Center.
We'll see you at a game.