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Pacific Women's Hoops Opens Five-Game Homestand vs. LMU Thursday

Jan 14, 2014

University of the Pacific women's basketball team opens a five-game homestand 7 p.m. Thursday as Loyola Marymount visits the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers face Pepperdine at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Pacific (8-8 overall, 3-3 West Coast) is coming off a two-game road win streak, taking out San Francisco, 80-67, and Santa Clara, 88-68.

The Tigers are unbeaten in regulation in the last four games, with wins over USF, SCU and BYU, while falling in overtime at San Diego. One key to Tigers resurgence has been ball pressure, as Pacific has forced 86 turnovers in the last four games, while committing just 14.5 themselves in that span (a plus-seven differential).

Sophomore guard Erin Butler is shooting .433 in the last four games, including 11-of-26 from three-point range. She's averaging 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in that stretch, with at least eight points in all four games.

After a shooting slump, the Tigers have been hot from three-point land, hitting 13-of-27 to spark the win at BYU, adding 10 threes at San Francisco and another seven at Santa Clara. The Tigers are 34-for-94 (.362) from long distance in the last four games.

Sophomore guard Hailie Eackles is averaging 12.5 points per game over her last five games, moving into the starting lineup at BYU. She's set her career-high twice in that span, with 16 at BYU and 17 at Santa Clara.

Junior center Kendall Kenyon (17.3 points, 11.1 rebounds per game) continues to be a double-double machine, with 11, which ranks 11th in NCAA. She leads Pacific and ranks nationally in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, field goal percentage and free throw percentage.

On the perimeter, senior guard KiKi Moore has is averaging 15.1 points to go with 4.6 assists per contest. She turned in her first Pacific double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the Tigers' win at USF. Moore ranks 12th in the country with 3.0 assists per game.

Junior guard Madison Parrish has added 10.6 points and 3.5 assists per game, after handing out a career-high nine assists against BYU. She has scored in double-figures in eight of the last 10 games for the Tigers.

Senior guard Sam Pettinger has knocked down five of her last 12 three-point attempts, going for a career-high 16 points in the win at BYU.

Pacific enters the weekend second in the WCC in scoring offense (74.9 points per game) and fifth in scoring defense (70.2 allowed per game).

Loyola Marymount is 4-12 overall, 1-4 in WCC play. The Lions offense is 10th in scoring offense (66.9), while the LMU defense ranks seventh in the WCC with 73.1 points allowed per game.

Pepperdine enters the weekend at 5-11 overall, also 1-4 in WCC action headed into Thursday's contest at Saint Mary's. The Waves are ninth in the WCC in scoring offense (69.8 points per game) and 10th in defense at 75.1 allowed per game.

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