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Pacific Women's Basketball Visits Davis Saturday Seeking First BWC Title

Mar 7, 2013

The Pacific women's basketball team has a Big West regular season title in their sights as the Tigers can make program history with a win at UC Davis Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Pacific (23-6 overall) leads the Big West at 13-4 entering the regular season finale at UCD Pavilion, and look to secure a bye to the Big West tournament semifinals.

"We are a win away from our first ever Big West title, so I think it goes without saying that we're excited to play on Saturday." head coach Lynne Roberts said. "Whenever we play Davis, no matter what the circumstances, it is always an intense game.  And while we all know what is at stake, we have to continue to not focus on the outcome but rather executing our game plan. We have the opportunity to close the regular season with a conference championship, but that isn't our focus. We are preparing ourselves to take on a very talented and dangerous Davis team on the road. It's going to be a challenge, but we're excited."

Pacific won the first meeting this year, a 78-64 victory in the Spanos Center on January 5 in the conference opener for both teams. Kendall Kenyon tallied 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting while Gena Johnson added 18 points on 7-of-11 from the field with six assists. Kendall Rodriguez tallied 17 points with seven assists, while Erica McKenzie handed out five assists.

Pacific posted 21 helpers on their 29 field goals in the game. The Tigers shot 52.7 percent for the contest to win their second-straight against the Aggies. The Tigers also posted a 59-51 win in the BWC quarterfinals last season in Davis after the two teams tied for third in the conference standings.

The Tigers could also cement the title should Cal Poly drop a Thursday game against UC Irvine or Saturday contest against Long Beach State, but the Tigers would need a win for the number one overall seed unless Cal Poly lost both.

Pacific has already earned a bye to the Big West quarterfinals, as the Tigers can finish with no worse than the number three seed.

The quarterfinals of the Big West tournament will be held in Irvine, California, at the Bren Events Center on Wednesday, March 13. Seeds number three and four will play the winners of the first round games, which feature the 5 seed vs the 8 seed and the 6 seed vs the 7 seed.

The semifinals open Friday, March 15, in the Honda Center in Anaheim, with the quarterfinal winners facing the top two seeds.