Pacific Women's Basketball Tips Off Season Friday At Home
The Pacific Women's Basketball team opens the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday against Cal State Stanislaus in the Alex G. Spanos Center.
The Tigers new collection of talent began the gelling process last Friday in an exhibition win against Cal State East Bay, 66-62. The Tigers never trailed in the second half as they posted the victory, but struggled at times on offense, shooting 35 percent from the field and 11 percent from three-point range. Generating flow was difficult for both teams, as 59 fouls were called in a game which featured frequent whistles.
Junior Kendall Kenyon scored 18 points to go with 14 rebounds, connecting on eight of 10 from the field while adding a pair of blocks and three steals. Senior guard KiKi Moore added 11 points with seven assists, six rebounds and three steals, while guard Kristina Johnson added seven points in 11 minutes.
Pacific, coming off a 27-8 season, has a new look for 2013-14 with eight players who didn't suit up for Pacific last season on the roster.
Moore, a First Team All-Mountain West selection last year and eligible to play right away after graduating from Fresno State made her presence known with her seven assists to go with her 11 points while playing point guard.
Donning the Pacific uniform for the first time after sitting out last season following a transfer from Arizona, forward Erin Butler started and scored four points with four rebounds.
Guard Madison Parrish, joining Pacific from Fresno State via a junior college last season, contributed six points and two assists, while forward Marjorie Heard (Washington, via junior college) logged 10 minutes with a pair of rebounds.
Of Pacific's four freshmen, two saw action, with Emily Simons hitting a bucket and grabbing three rebounds and Unique Coleman standing out in her 17 minutes. She created offense by slicing to the basket and finished with four points with four rebounds, while adding a block and a steal.
Seniors Shanice Butler and Sam Pettinger are among the six returning players who will suit up for Pacific in 2013-14. Both played key roles off the bench last season for the Tigers, with Pettinger in a jack-of-all-trades role, seeing time at all three backcourt positions and handing out 42 assists while scoring five or more points 11 times. Butler turned in three double-digit scoring efforts in the post for Pacific.
Pettinger scored five points on two-of-three shooting while picking up three rebounds against East Bay. Butler added four points and four board while not missing a shot.
Junior guard Kristina Johnson provided spark off the bench early in the first half, she tallied seven points with a pair of assists, running the Tiger offense with veteran savvy.
Redshirt sophomore guard Hailie Eackles tallied five points in 10 minutes, connecting on all three free throw attempts.
Following Friday's contest, Pacific is right back in action on Monday, against former Big West rival UC Davis, at the Spanos Center at 7 p.m.