Kenyon's Career Night Leads Pacific Past Cal State Stanislaus

Kenyon's Career Night Leads Pacific Past Cal State Stanislaus

Stockton, Calif. - Junior Kendall Kenyon posted career highs with 27 points and 24 rebounds as Pacific rolled over Cal State Stanislaus, 95-65, in the season opener Friday night at the Spanos Center.

Sophomore guard Erin Butler scored 12 points in her Tiger debut, hitting four-of-six from three-point range. Junior guard Madison Parrish added 10 points and six assists, while senior guard Sam Pettinger added 10 points and six boards.

Of the 14 Tigers in uniform, 13 scored on the night, as senior guard KiKi Moore scored nine points with five assists, junior guard Kristina Johnson chipped in six assists and four points, while junior forward Marjorie Heard added eight points and eight rebounds in 13 minutes.

Pacific out-rebounded the Warriors inside, 57-37, and held a 56-26 advantage in points in the paint. The Tigers shot 51 percent for the game (36-of-71) and handed out 22 assists on 36 field goals.

Kenyon posted her second career 20+ rebound game, finishing four shy of Karen Peets' school record of 28. Kenyon's 24 boards was the most by a Tiger since December of 1984. She also moved over the 500 career rebound mark, and sits in 19th on the Tigers' all-time list. Kenyon's career night came in just 26 minutes, as she finished with four fouls.

Pacific opened with a 4-0 lead before the Warriors came out to play, taking a 14-8 lead in the early going. Pacific roared back, with buckets from Kenyon and Kristina Johnson starting a 14-2 run.

Back to back threes by Erin Butler stretched Pacific's lead to 27-17.
Butler's four buckets from downtown came in a span of four and a half minutes, as the Tigers led 32-22 with 7:19 left in the half.

Kenyon reached the double-double mark with a layup with 4:44 left in the first half, and closed the half with eight more rebounds and six points in the final five minutes of the first half.

At the half, Pacific led 49-37, Kenyon had 15 pts and 19 rebounds, already nearing her previous career high of 22, when she flirted with a triple-double against Cal State Northrdige last year (18 points, school-record eight blocks).

Pettinger drove for back-to-back layups to open the second half, and her three from the corner stretched the lead to 66-45.

Kenyon picked up her fourth foul with 13:07 left to go, sending her to the bench for five minutes.

In her place, Heard picked up the slack on the glass, grabbing all eight of her rebounds in the second half.

Cruising with a lead as large as 31, freshmen Halie Bergman and Emily Simons posted their first career points, while Unique Coleman finished with one free throw made. Freshman Jasmine Jenkins fought through traffic underneath for a shot attempt, which rimmed out as the Tigers tried to get all 14 into the scoring column.

Pacific improves to 1-0 on the season and will face UC Davis on Monday, at 7 p.m.