Tigers Play Host To Hawai'i Thursday

Tigers Play Host To Hawai'i Thursday

Game Notes

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team plays host to Hawai'i Thursday as the Tigers welcome back the Rainbow Wahine to the Big West. Pacific and Hawai'i tips at 7:00 p.m. at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Pacific has won eight-straight home games, dating back to the end of last season. The streak is tied for the third-longest home win streak in program history. The Tigers are 7-0 at the Spanos Center this season, out-scoring opponents 527-389 (an average of 72.3 to 55.6).

Senior Erica McKenzie sits 15 points back of a 1000 career points and looks to join Kendall Rodriguez in the 1000-point club. McKenzie ranks 18th on the Tigers' all-time scoring list at 985, and fourth in three-pointers made, with 210 treys. McKenzie is one of five Tigers that rank in among the Big West's Top 22 scorers. Pacific also has four of the top 15 scorers in the league. Kendall Rodriguez (10th, 12.7 PPG), leads the Tigers with Gena Johnson (11th, 12.0) and Kendall Kenyon (12th, 11.7) and Ashley Wakefield (15th, 10.8) just behind. McKenzie (22nd, 9.7) rounds out Pacific's starters. McKenzie (5th, 3.6) and Johnson (6th, 3.5) also give the Tigers two of the top six in the BWC in assists.

The Tigers and Rainbow Wahine renew a series that's been dormant since 1996, the last season of women's sports membership in the Big West for Hawai'i.

Pacific (12-3 overall) is 2-1 in the Big West after a win at UC Santa Barbara and a triple-overtime loss at Cal Poly last weekend. The Tigers erased a 21-point deficit to force overtime, but the Mustangs squeaked by Pacific in the first three-overtime game for either program.

"All year long, this team knows that win or lose, we learn from our last game, move on, and get ready to compete in the next game," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "I know our team is motivated to go out and play against a very good Hawai'i team. We need to make sure we stay focused on our game plan because we don't have that same familiarity with them compared to the other teams in the Big West, which makes this kind of a unique conference game. Hawai'i has played one of the toughest non-conference schedules out there and they have gotten off to an impressive start in the Big West.  It's going to be a fun game."

Hawai'i is 7-8 overall and 3-1 in Big West play. After dropping their BWC opener to Cal State Fullerton, the Rainbow Wahine have won three straight, topping UC Riverside, UC Irvine and Long Beach State.

Kamilah Martin leads the Rainbow Wahine with 15.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. The 5-11 junior forward is connecting on nearly 52 percent from the field. Freshman guard Ashleigh Karaitiana adds 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest.

Hawai'i owns a 25-8 lead in the all-time series, but the two teams have not met since 1996, the Rainbow Wahine's last season of Big West membership for women's sports. Hawai'i won that last meeting, 68-64, in the Big West tournament on March 9, 1996. The Tigers last win in the series was March 5, 1995 in the Spanos Center, 73-56.

The Tigers will take on Cal State Northridge on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a showdown between teams picked 1-2 in the preseason BWC poll.