Tigers Visit Fresno State Saturday To Open 'Toughness Test'
Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific women's basketball team looks to bounce back and start another win streak Saturday, as the Tigers visit Fresno State for a 2 p.m. contest with the Bulldogs.
"We have three games in five days, so we're calling this our toughness test," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "This is going to tell how physically and mentally tough we are."
Pacific (4-4) saw its four-game win streak snapped at San Diego on Sunday, after reeling off victories over CSU Bakersfield, SIU-Edwardsville, Nevada and SEC foe Florida.
The Tigers split last weekend's game, toppling a 7-2 Florida team with a relentless effort, pouncing early on the Gators and holding on to a 78-73 home win. Last week's Big West Player of the Week, Erica McKenzie, continued her torrid shooting by draining seven of eight three-point attempts for a season-high 23 points. Junior Ashley Wakefield added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Wakefield turned it up against San Diego, slashing to the basket for 24 points, a new high in her Pacific career, along with a season-best 13 rebounds for her second-straight double-double.
However, the Toreros pulled away in the second half, taking a 77-57 win at home over the Tigers.
Wakefield was honored as the Big West Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.
"We had a good weekend, with the good Florida win," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "Down in San Diego, we were really fatigued and lost to a really good San Diego team at their place. I think we're still feeling pretty good and confident. Now we go on the road to play a really good, talented, confident and experienced Fresno State team. We know it's going to be as tough of a challenge as we've faced all year."
In Fresno State, the Tigers will square off with a team that plays a similar style. Fresno State is off to a 8-3 start after Thursday's win over CSU Bakersfield. The Bulldogs own a victory over Oklahoma and Oregon, with their losses coming at USC, at Pepperdine in double-overtime and at home against Stanford. Last season, the Bulldogs were an NCAA Tournament team, winning the WAC.
Saturday's meeting with Fresno State kicks off a stretch of three games in five days for Pacific, as the Tigers will return home to face Eastern Washington on Monday at 7 p.m. and play host to Air Force on Wednesday in a 2 p.m. tip-off.