Tigers Play Host to Long Beach, Northridge In Big West Weekend
Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific Tigers return to the Spanos Center in search of a sixth-straight home win with Big West games against Long Beach State, Thursday at 7 p.m., and Cal State Northridge, Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Tigers (8-6) are off to a 2-1 start in conference play, with the lone loss coming by two in overtime at UC Irvine. The Tigers sit tied for third as they welcome 2-1 Long Beach State (7-9 overall) and conference leader Cal State Northridge (3-0 BWC, 8-7 overall) to the Spanos Center.
After falling by one in the home opener to Saint Mary's, Pacific has reeled off five straight home victories. The Tigers are averaging 76.5 points per game at home. On the season, Pacific is 7-1 when reaching 68 or more points.
The Tigers rebounded from a 77-75 overtime loss at UC Irvine with a 80-59 win at UC Riverside on Saturday. Pacific opened the second half with a 20-2 run to turn a one-point lead into a comfortable margin of victory.
Sophomore point guard Gena Johnson has scored in double-figures in six straight games and enters the weekend as the unlikely blocks leader in the Big West. She ranks in the top 150 in the NCAA in blocks, second in the country among point guards.
Junior guard Erica McKenzie leads the Big West in three-pointers made per game, and is fourth in three-point percentage, behind teammate Kendall Rodriguez. The Tigers' junior forward has connected on 22 of 50 attempts for a .440 percentage, while McKenzie has hit 34 of 88 trey attempts.
Freshman center Kendall Kenyon made her first career start at Riverside, and posted her second double-double in four games, with a career-high 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Overall, the Tigers have won eight of their last 11 games.