Stockton, Calif. – Playing its second game in four days, the Pacific women's basketball team will journey to Southern California for its make-up game at Big West foe Long Beach State Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.
The game was rescheduled from its Feb. 18 date due to a case of the Norovirus that affected a vast majority of the Tigers' coaches and student-athletes prior to the contest.
"It's very unfortunate that this situation happened," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "We'd like to thank the Big West Conference and Long Beach State for their understanding and cooperation. We appreciate the flexibility of everyone involved with putting on Big West Conference games: the teams, coaches, gameday personnel and officials."
Pacific (14-11, 7-6 Big West) currently sits alone in fourth place with the conference tournament just nine days away. The Tigers' 65-61 loss to UC Davis last Saturday, Feb. 25, put Pacific one-half game back of the Aggies. Long Beach State (11-16, 6-8 BWC) is in seventh place, with the top eight teams earning postseason spots.
The loss to UC Davis was Pacific's second consecutive setback, and the Tigers' first home defeat since Jan. 14. The game saw eight ties and seven lead changes, the last of which went the Aggies' way as the visitors outscored Pacific 15-7 over the final five minutes. Junior forward Kendall Rodriguez led all scorers with 20 points.
The Tigers were simply dominant the last time against Long Beach State, outscoring the 49ers 50-24 in the first half en route to a 93-56 home win on Thursday, Feb. 12. The 37-point victory was the largest by Pacific in the series' history, and tied for the sixth-largest conference victory in program history. The Tigers forced 30 turnovers which they turned into 32 points. Freshman Kendall Kenyon scored a then-career high 18 points while junior guard Erica McKenzie added 12 points, five rebounds, and five steals.
"We know it's going to be a very different game than our first meeting," Roberts said. "We know they are capable of beating anybody, and they are extremely good on their home floor."
Long Beach State is 2-5 in its last seven contests but owns a 9-2 record at home. The 49ers defeated second-place Cal State Northridge on the road on Feb. 11 before returning home to beat UC Davis 67-55 on Feb. 16. Their last two games, both losses, have been decided by an average of 19.5 points. LBSU scored just 35 points against UC Santa Barbara last Saturday, Feb. 25.
Long Beach State leads the all-time series 37-21, but Pacific has won five of the last seven meetings.