Pacific Women's Hoops Holds First Practice of 2013-14
The Pacific women's basketball team opened preparations for the 2013-14 season with its first practice Monday.
"It's fun to work with them together, finally, as one big group," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "It was a good first day, a typical first practice. There's a lot of teaching and drilling. I like this group's competitiveness and I like how they work hard, together. It was a good first day."
Coming off the best season in program history, the Tigers return six active letter winners and eight incoming players now eligible.
Back for Pacific are senior guard Sam Pettinger and senior forward Shanice Butler, junior guards Claire Conricode and Kristina Johnson, All-Conference junior forward Kendall Kenyon and redshirt sophomore guard Hailie Eackles. Guard Gena Johnson will take a medical redshirt the 2013-14 season following an off-season auto accident.
With five seniors graduating after last season, the Tigers reloaded with both incoming freshmen and transfers.
Redshirt sophomore forward Erin Butler is eligible to play after sitting out last season following a transfer from Arizona. Redshirt senior and All-Mountain West guard KiKi Moore received a waiver to complete her eligibility this season at Pacific after earning her degree from Fresno State last season. Juniors Marjorie Heard (forward, Washington) and Madison Parrish (guard, Fresno State) join Pacific after attending junior colleges last season.
The Tigers also added freshmen guards Halie Bergman from Turklock Christian High School, Unique Coleman from St. Mary's High in Stockton, Emily Simons from Doncaster, Australia, and forward Jasmine Jenkins from Dougherty Valley High in San Ramon.
"We have a lot of new faces," Roberts also said, "but the culture, the character, the work ethic and the expectation of winning is the same."
Pacific will compete in the West Coast Conference for the first time in 2013-14, after completing their final season in the Big West with a conference title last season. The Tigers finished 27-8 on the year, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the WNIT.
The Tigers will play host to Cal State East Bay in an exhibition on Nov. 1, before opening the regular season at home on Nov. 8 against Cal State Stanislaus. The WCC schedule opens at the Spanos Center on Dec. 28 against Portland.