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Women's Hoops Returns To Spanos Thursday vs Irvine

Jan 31, 2013

The Pacific women's basketball team returns to the Alex G. Spanos Center to open a four-game home stand beginning Thursday against UC Irvine. The Tigers (16-3) take on the Anteaters at 7 p.m., and will face the Long Beach State on Saturday at 5 p.m. in a double-header with the men's team as Pacific Plays Pink.

Pacific sits at 6-1 in the Big West, alone in first in the conference with a two-game lead over second place in the loss column.

The Tigers are 9-0 this season at the Alex G. Spanos Center, where Pacific is out-scoring opponents 658-501, an average of 73.1 to 55.7. The Tigers have won 10 straight home games, tied for the third-longest home win streak in program history.

"It's good to be back in the Spanos Center," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "We love playing at home. Our fans are great and it should be a fun weekend with our game against UC Irvine on Thursday and Pacific Plays Pink with the men's team on Saturday against Long Beach State."

Pacific will look to keep their unblemished home record alive Thursday against the UC Irvine Anteaters. UC Irvine enters the week at 4-15 overall, and 0-7 in the Big West. All four of the Anteaters wins have come on the road.

Camille Buckley leads the Anteaters with 10.7 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per contest.

The Tigers are 33-29 all-time against UC Irvine. Pacific won the last meeting, 87-63 at the Spanos Center. The Anteaters squeaked out a 77-75 win in overtime in Irvine last year.

On Saturday, the Tigers have their first double-header with the Pacific men's team as part of Pacific Plays Pink, the annual Tigers' breast cancer awareness promotion. The Tigers will don pink uniforms for the contest, with proceeds from the event going to the St. Joseph's Medical Center for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer.

Pacific has won four straight coming off a road weekend with wins at UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.

"We got two wins, but after watching the film, there's a lot of areas where we can get better," Roberts continued. "We're looking for a sustained effort for 40 minutes and not having those lapses mentally, whether we're up or down."

Following this week's contests, Pacific will play host to Cal Poly (Thur., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.) and UC Santa Barbara (Sat., Feb. 9, 4 p.m.).

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