Hailie Eackles drives the ball down court during the Dec. 21, 2012, women's basketball game against CSU Bakersfield. During that game, the women scored 102 points, the third highest score in program history and the highest score since 1991. The women are now 10-2 for the season.

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Women's Hoops Crush Bakersfield 102-60

Women’s basketball finishes 2012 pre-season play with program high and begin conference play with a decisive win
Jan 7, 2013

Pacific celebrated the New Year by lighting up the scoreboard with 102 points as the women's basketball team closed out 2012 with a 102-60 win over CSU Bakersfield on new Year's Eve. Seven players scored in double-figures as the Tigers improved to 10-2. This Saturday, the team improved to 11-2 with a win over UC Davis in their first Big West Conference game of the season, continuing the women's incredible court performance for the year.

Pacific tied the program high for points in a game against a Division I opponent, the third-highest point total in Tiger history. It was Pacific's first time hitting the century mark in a game since 1991.

"It was a great day in terms of showing that we have balance," head coach Lynne Roberts said shortly after the win over Bakersfield. "Seven players in double figures shows that we share the ball well, and it's not one player taking too many shots."

Pacific built a 21-5 lead six minutes into the Bakersfield game, entering the half at 49-19. The Road Runners scored 41 of their 60 points in the second half, but the Tigers were unbeatable with 53 second-half points. The Tigers handed out 22 assists on 34 field goals, and shot 51 percent for the game.

Kendall Rodriguez, who topped 1,000 career points in the previous game against USF, led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds, followed closely by Gena Johnson with 14 points and six assists, Ashley Wakefield and Erica McKenzie each tallied 13 points, Kendall Kenyon sunk 11 points and eight rebounds, while Shanice Butler and Hailie Eackles each scored 10 off the bench. 

The Tigers wrapped up non-conference play with 10 wins for the first time since joining the Big West in 1984-85

"We're pleased with how we finished pre-conference. I'm really proud of our team and the pre-conference schedule that we've had. All our goals this season are now focused on the conference." --- Coach Lynne Roberts

The Tigers' first game of the new year and first conference game was Saturday, January 5, against U.C. Davis, finishing 78-64.

Pacific outscored UC Davis 42-24 in the paint, and forced 23 turnovers. The Tigers built a 20 point lead, but UC Davis hung around by forcing 15 second-half turnovers as the Tigers finished with 21 miscues. Pacific out-rebounded the Aggies 34-36 for the game, and held UC Davis to eight offensive rebounds and eight second-chance points. The Tigers 52.7 percent shooting day (29-of-55) was their best shooting percentage of the season. 

Cheer on the Women's hoops to victory at the next home games:

  • vs. Hawai'i on January 17 at 7 p.m.
  • vs. CSU Northridge on January 19 at 4 p.m.