Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific women's basketball team will wrap its' four-game run of road games Saturday at Cal State Fullerton. The game, originally scheduled for an evening start, will tip off at 2 p.m.
The Tigers, 11-9 overall, 4-4 in the Big West, will look to improve to 3-3 in Big West road games this season before finishing the conference slate with five of their remaining seven games at home.
Pacific is coming off a road win at UC Santa Barbara in which the Tigers closed the game with a 12-2 run in the final five minutes. Down 46-40, the Tigers reeled off 10 straight points, holding the Gauchos scoreless for 4:49 before a jumper with eight seconds to go pulled UCSB within two. But the Tigers iced the game from the free throw line as junior guard Erica McKenzie hit both her tosses for the 52-48 win.
"I was proud of our team's fortitude," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "We hit big shots when we needed to and got big stops on defense when we needed to."
In Pacific's last two visits to Santa Barbara, the Tigers have held the Gauchos to an average of 46.5 points per game, posting a pair of wins including a 49-45 win in the quarterfinals of the Big West tournament last season.
Cal State Fullerton enters the contest at 9-12 overall, 2-7 in the Big West. In the first meeting between the two teams, the Tigers downed Cal State Fullerton, 72-67, in the Spanos Center on Dec. 29 in the Big West opener. Down a point with 1:41 to go, the Tigers scored the final six points of the ballgame, starting with sophomore guard Gena Johnson's and-one lay-up to give the Tigers the lead for good.
"It's going to be tough," Roberts continued. "They haven't lost any of those conference games by more than six. They're right there and could easily be 7-2. Every time we play them it's a competitive battle back and forth."
Pacific will return to the Alex G. Spanos Center on Thursday, Feb. 9 to play host to UC Riverside, in the Tigers' first home game since Jan. 17. Pacific is 7-2 at home on the year.