Kenyon, Smith Power Pacific Past CSEB, 84-47

Kenyon, Smith Power Pacific Past CSEB, 84-47


Stockton, Calif. - Sophomore forward Kendall Kenyon and senior forward Ashley Smith each posted double-doubles as Pacific cruised to a 84-47 exhibition win over Cal State East Bay Sunday.

Kenyon finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Smith turned in a 13-point, 10-rebound performance. Senior guard Erica McKenzie (15) and junior guard Gena Johnson (10) joined them for four Tigers in double-figure scoring.

Pacific owned a 50-12 advantage in points in the paint and out-rebounded the Pioneers 47-40. The Tigers forced 25 turnovers, leading to 23 points, including a 12-0 margin in fast break points.

"What you hoped to get from an exhibition game, we got tonight," head coach Lynne Robers said. "I thought we did a good job of controlling tempo. Defensively, we got after it and offensively, we pushed the ball like we'd like to."

Junior guard Sam Pettinger filled out the stat sheet with eight points, five assists, six rebounds and three steals. Senior forward Brianna Johnson added seven points, while junior transfer Shanice Butler tallied six. Nine of the 10 Tigers who saw action got into the scoring column. McKenzie and Smith each handed out three assists on the afternoon.

"We moved Ashley Smith this morning," Roberts explained. Kendall Rodriguez and Ashley Wakefield were held out of the game, nursing minor injuries. "She played power forward, a position she hasn't been practicing in. And she ends up getting a double-double, so that's pretty impressive."

Smith connected on four-of-five from the field, as well as the foul line, and turned in her first double-digit rebound game in a Tiger uniform.

The Tigers forced 11 turnovers on the Pioneers first 31 possessions, pushing the lead out to 26-10 with eight minutes to go before the half. Cal State East Bay responded with a 5-0 run, but Pacific closed the half with a 9-4 run to take a 44-24 lead into halftime. Kenyon scored 12 of her points in the first half, to go with seven rebounds, while McKenzie tallied 10 points before intermission. The Tigers shot 48 percent from the field (15-of-31) in the first half and scored 24 points in the paint. Pacific scored 16 points off 16 Pioneer turnovers.

In the second half, Pacific's defense smothered the Pioneers, holding East Bay to 16.7 percent shooting (5-of-30) from the field in the half.  Pacific used a 14-1 run to static the lead to 29, at 60-31 with 11:18 remaining. The Tigers steadily pulled away, leading by as many as 39 on Smith's three-pointer with under a minute to go.

Micah Walker led East Bay with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Pacific shot 45 percent for the game (30-of-67) while holding the Pioneers to 28 percent (14-of-50).

"Missing two starters, scoring 84 points is good. It was a positive day and now the real season starts," Roberts concluded.

The Tigers open the regular season Friday at Seattle in a 7 p.m. tipoff. Pacific will visit Eastern Washington (1 p.m., Nov. 11) before returning to the Alex G. Spanos Center on Nov. 15 for the home opener against Nevada.