Pacific Women's Hoops Meets Arizona Saturday at Home
University of the Pacific women's basketball team returns home to face Arizona at 5 p.m. Saturday in a double-header with the men's team.
The Tigers look to remain unbeaten in the Spanos Center, having opened the year 2-0 in their home arena while racking up 90.5 points per game in wins over Cal State Stanislaus and UC Davis.
Pacific (2-2) is coming off a road trip to New York where a half of cold shooting in each game handed the Tigers losses at Iona and Fordham.
Against Iona, the Tigers shot 47 percent in the first half (15-of-32), scoring 44 points to go into halftime tied (after erasing a 14-point deficit). But in the second half, Pacific struggled to finish, shooting just 20 percent (10-of-49) as they were outscored 39-26.
At Fordham on Sunday, Pacific finally shook off the cold shooting in the second half, hitting 15-of-30 and scoring 37 points. But a first half in which the Tigers shot 9-of-32, 28 percent, put Pacific in a 45-26 halftime hole they couldn't climb out of.
Kendall Kenyon averaged 17 points on the weekend, with 24 against Iona and 10 against Fordham. KiKi Moore scored 20 points against Fordham, while handing out six assists against Iona. Shanice Butler posted a season-high 12 points in the Tigers' loss to Fordham, while Marjorie Heard added nine points and nine rebounds in 13 minutes versus Iona.
Pacific faces an Arizona Wildcats team off to a 1-3 start. The Wildcats also lost at Iona this season, and are coming off a loss at home to Stephen F. Austin. Arizona has also lost in overtime against Michigan and posted a 51-49 win at UC Santa Barbara.
The Tigers lead the all-time series 2-1, but the two teams are facing each other for the first time since the 1983-84 season. Pacific and Arizona split a pair of neutral site tournament games in the 1981-82 season. In the last meeting, Pacific won 84-79 in the Tiger Den on January 4, 1984.
Pacific will be looking to beat a Pac-12 team for the third consecutive season, after WNIT wins over Arizona State in 2012, and at Washington in 2013.
Following the game, the Tigers will raise their 2013 WNIT Sweet 16, and 2013 Big West Champions banners at halftime of the men's game against Fresno State, which tips off at approximately 7:30 p.m.