Stockton, Calif. – After last weekend's road trip was cut short due to a flu outbreak, the Pacific women's basketball team is back in the friendly confines of the Alex G. Spanos Center for a 4 p.m. contest against Big West foe UC Davis Saturday, Feb. 25.
Pacific (14-10, 7-5 Big West) sits just one-half game ahead of the Aggies in the conference standings as both squads make their final pushes for the upcoming Big West Tournament. The Tigers fell, 63-56, at conference-leading Cal State Northridge last weekend in a game that saw multiple players' minutes reduced due to illness.
"The team is doing well," head coach Lynne Robert said. "Monday was our first day back, and there is definitely some fatigue. That being said, the mood is good and the energy is definitely up."
The loss at CSUN was Pacific's first in its last four outings. The Tigers have not lost at home since Jan. 14, and own a 9-2 record in the Spanos Center, including a 4-1 mark in league contests.
UC Davis (15-10, 7-6 BWC) survived a late comeback from the Tigers last time out, making six free throws in the final five seconds en route to a 59-51 victory. Pacific was down by as many as 12 points before pulling to within two on a Kendall Rodriguez triple with 37 seconds left. The Tigers forced a miss on the Aggies' next possession, but missed the go-ahead basket and were forced to foul.
"We're preparing for another close game with UC Davis," Roberts said. "They are a very good team who runs their stuff very well. I look for us to play better than we did last time."
The Aggies dropped both of their contests last weekend, including a close 63-60 decision at Cal State Northridge that saw the host Matadors overcome a 15-point deficit in the final ten minutes. UC Davis is 2-4 in its last six games.
UC Davis leads the all-time series 11-8 with both squads splitting the last four games.