No. 24 Gena Johnson '14 logged her 1,000 career point in the third round of the WNIT against Utah.

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Women's Hoops Finish Best Season Ever as They Bid Farewell to the Big West

The Tigers' overtime loss to Utah in the third round of the WNIT ended a record-making season for Pacific women's basketball
Mar 29, 2013

Junior Gena Johnson became the third player this year to reach the 1,000 career point mark, the 19th in program history. Erica McKenzie tied the Big West and Pacific career three-pointer record, and the best season in Pacific women's basketball history came to an end with a 60-55 overtime loss to Utah in the third round of the WNIT. The Tigers finished with a 27-8 record, shattering the previous program record for win percentage by seven.

Johnson scored a team-high 13 points while McKenzie added 12 points, including a trio of three-pointers. McKenzie tied Selena Ho's Pacific and Big West record with 271 career treys. Seniors Brianna Johnson and Ashley Wakefield each chipped in eight points while junior Sam Pettinger added five.

The Tigers forced 22 Utah turnovers - the most committed by the Utes all season - but Utah dictated pace and held Pacific to a season-low 26.4 percent shooting. The Tigers held Utah scoreless for the final 7:07 of the first half, as the game went into halftime tied at 19-19. It was Pacific's second-best defensive first half of the season, and the Tigers' lowest point total in a first half this season. The teams went back and forth in a tense second half, with Utah making a 3-pointer to tie the game in the last 12 seconds and move into overtime. The battle ended with a final score of 60-55. 

Senior Kendall Rodriguez finished  her career tied for fifth all-time in school history in scoring, with 1,315 points. She also ranks sixth in career rebounding (743), 16th in assists (214), 13th in steals (129), and fifth in three-pointers made (189). McKenzie's Pacific career comes to an end after starting a school-record 127 games. In addition to tying the all-time three-pointer record, she ranks ninth in scoring (1,250), third in steals (216) and sixth in assists (368). The duo has turned the Tigers program around, overseeing an increase in win total all four years, culminating with this season's program-record 27 wins. Two-year senior Ashley Wakefield ends up 43rd on the all-time scoring list (571).

Three of Pacific's eight losses on the year came in overtime (including one triple overtime), with seven of the eight losses being decided by five points or less. The game marked Pacific's final women's basketball contest as members of the Big West. The Tigers will move to the West Coast Conference for 2013-14.

Read more and view game video at PacificTigers.com

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