December 21, 2011

Six Tigers In Double Figures As Tigers Roll Over Air Force, 95-59

Stockton, Calif. –  Six Tigers scored in double-figures, including Kendall Kenyon's double-double off the bench as the Pacific women's basketball team cruised to a 95-59 win over Air Force Wednesday afternoon at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

The Tigers (6-5) won their second straight ballgame running way, shooting 61 percent in the first half and building a lead of as many as 41.

Junior guard Erica McKenzie led the Tigers with 15 points and six assists, while senior center Christina Thompson added 14 points on seven-of-nine shooting. Sophomore guard Gena Johnson tallied 13 points with nine assists, six steals and two blocks, while junior forward Kendall Rodriguez added 12 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Ashley Wakefield chipped in 10 points with three boards and two steals, when Kenyon needed 12 minutes to score 10 points and grab 10 rebounds.

Kenyon's points and rebounds where career highs, as were Johnson's nine assists and six steals.

The Tigers shot 53 percent for the game, tallying 48 points in the paint and 31 points off 23 Air Force turnovers. Pacific registered 15 steals with four blocked shots and owned a 46-33 advantage on the glass.

Eleven of the 12 Tigers in uniform scored in the contest, as junior forward Ashley Smith, sophomore guard Sam Pettinger and freshman guard Claire Conricode each turned in six points, while junior forward Brianna Johnson posted a  bucket with five rebounds, and freshman guard Kristina Johnson added one point, one assist and one steal.

The Tigers jumped out of the gate with a 14-4 advantage and built the margin to 13 on a lay-up by Smith. Air Force trimmed the gap to seven, at 28-21, with 8:59 to go in the first on a jumper by Megan O'Neil, but Conricode answered with a three-pointer. After Gena Johnson recorded a steal and fed Brianna Johnson for the fast-break lay-up, Pacific led by 15 with five minutes left in the half.

The Falcons' Alicia Leipprandt scored six straight points, but after Gena Johnson's lay-up with 1:49 to go in the half, the Tigers would lead by double-digits the rest of the way. Rodriguez hit a jumper at the buzzer to end the first half with the Tigers out in front, 50-33.

O'Neil hit the first basket of the second half for Air Force, but Pacific scored the next 15 points to set a 30-point margin.

Pacific emptied the bench and cruised home with their second-highest point total of the season, one off the Tigers' 96-73 win at CSU Bakersfield.

The Tigers held Air Force to just one field goal in the final 12:37, and just four-of-24 (16.7 percent) shooting in the second half.

Air Force (4-8) was led by O'Neil's 13 points, the only Falcon in double-digits. Wakefield and company held Leipprandt, the Falcons' leading scorer, to eight points.

The Tigers open Big West play at home on Thursday, December 29, at 5 p.m. in a double-header with the men's team.