Bakersfield, Calif. – The Pacific women's basketball team dished out a school-record tying 34 assists on 43 field goals, shooting 60 percent from the field to run away from Cal State Bakersfield, 96-73, Tuesday night at the Icardo Center. Five players hit double-figures, led by a season-high 22 from Christina Thompson.
Junior guard Ashley Wakefield added 17 points with six assists and 10 rebounds. Junior forward Ashley Smith added 14 points on seven-of-nine shooting, while Erica McKenzie chipped in 14 points and six assists. Junior forward Kendall Rodriguez added 12 points and a game-high eight assists, while grabbing 12 rebounds for her fifth career double-double.
Five Tigers had four or more assists, as sophomore Sam Pettinger chipped in five and freshman Kristina Johnson added four. Junior Brianna Johnson (two), and Gena Johnson, Kelli Lewis and Thompson each posted one to round out the Tigers record-tying helper total. The 34 dimes tied Pacific's performance in a 100-70 win over Wichita State, on December 14, 1990.
The Tigers finished the paint job of the Icardo Center floor, tallying in 74 points in the only area of the Roadrunners' floor not painted blue. Pacific completed 29 lay-ups, and beat the Bakersfield pressure for 38 fast-break points.
Thompson connected on 11-of-13 field goal attempts as Pacific shot 58 percent in the first half (22-of-38), 62 percent in the second half (21-of-34). The Tigers finished six field goals shy of their school record, with 43 on 72 attempts.
Pacific (1-3) earns its first win of the season by posting the second-most points ever for the program in a true road game.
CSU Bakersfield falls to 2-3 on the year.
The Tigers opened to an 11-2 lead in the first 2:10 of the game, and stretched the margin to 20-8 less than five minutes in. Baskersfield cut the gap with to six at 24-18 with 12:16 left in the first half, but the Tigers used an 8-2 run to restore a double-digit lead and the Roadrunners never cut it back to single digits again.
Pacific took a 51-38 lead into halftime, and opened the second frame with a 27-8 run to take a 68-48 lead. The Tigers led by as many as 26.
Pacific controlled the glass, out-rebounding Bakersfield, 49-29. The 74 points in the paint was almost as many as the Tigers had in their first three games combined (80).
Thompson reached the 500 career point mark (517) with the fourth 20+ point game of her career. Rodriguez also hit the 500 career point mark (508). McKenzie, who hit 500 vs Saint Mary's Saturday, now has 514 and is 10 assists away from 200 in her career.
The Tigers are back in action on Saturday at 4 p.m. at home against Southern Illinois Edwardsville.