Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific women's basketball team hits the road again for a Tuesday contest against Cal State Bakersfield at 7 p.m.
The Tigers, looking for their first win of the young season at 0-3, have dropped a pair of games by three possessions or less. On Saturday, Pacific was knocked off just before the buzzer by Saint Mary's, who received a jumper from Jackie Nared with 2.3 seconds remaining for the 68-67 win. The Tigers opened with a 56-47 loss at Fairfield, and then visited No. 4 UConn.
Junior Erica McKenzie hit the 500 career point mark on the nose with 13 points against Saint Mary's, reaching the milestone ahead of a pair of teammates who sit on the cusp. Senior Christina Thompson has 497 career points, while junior Kendall Rodriguez needs four more at 496.
Thompson led the Tigers Saturday with 18 points on seven-of-12 field goal attempts, while McKenzie added 13 points and handed out seven assists.
The Tigers forced 32 turnovers, including 19 steals, but Pacific turned those miscues into just 24 points. McKenzie led the way with six steals, while guards Gena Johnson and Kristina Johnson each added three and Rodriguez and guard Sam Pettinger both posted a pair.
CSU Bakersfield enters the contest at 2-2 on the year, with wins over Southern Oregon and UC Irvine.
The matchup between the Tigers and Roadrunners is expected to be a high-scoring affair as CSU Bakersfield is averaging 91 points per game, while allowing 81.8 per contest. The Tigers are averaging 56 points per game, but their preference is to run. Fairfield's slow, half-court pace held the Tigers to 47 points, while Pacific tallied 53 on No. 4 UConn's smothering defense. Against the fast-paced Roadrunners, the Tigers will look to get their transition game running in high gear.
Following Tuesday's matchup, Pacific will return to the Alex G. Spanos Center for a Saturday meeting with Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in a 4 p.m. tip-off.