Nov. 7, 2010
STOCKTON, Calif. - Freshman forward Danielle Peacon recorded a double-double by the first half as the Pacific women's basketball team handled the Cal State East Bay Pioneers, 67-44 in their final exhibition game of the preseason Sunday afternoon at the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers shot 57.7 percent in the second half (15-of-26) as four players hit double-figure scoring.
Peacon tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds, including six on the offensive end, to pace Pacific to its second wire-to-wire win of the preseason.
"Danielle played well. She's going to be a force," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "She understands the game. She understands what she's good at and tonight she didn't try to do too much. In terms of feel for the game and competitiveness, she's the full package."
Sophomore forward Kendall Rodriguez added a dozen points to go with five rebounds whole senior guard Jennifer Fath chipped in 11 points on five-of-eight shooting and handed out four assists. Sophomore forward Jordan Rogers scored 10 points and had three assists and three steals. Sophomore guard Erica McKenzie posted a team-high six assists, and in two exhibition games has 14 assists against zero turnovers.
"Exhibition games are about learning about yourself. Good things, bad things, what you need to work on, rotations, etc. And from that sense, it was a success," Roberts said. "This group is learning. They're young. But it's a fine line with youth and enthusiasm. You can't play loose. There has to be an intensity."
Pacific scored 35 points off of 35 Pioneer turnovers and recorded 16 steals, including four by Peacon. Rogers and freshman Sam Pettinger each added steals. The Tigers finished with a 38-34 lead in rebounding, but held a 14-5 advantage in second chance points and a 40-16 edge in points in the paint.
Peacon scored 10 points in the first five minutes, connecting on four of her first five field goals. The Tigers opened 10-0, but back-to-back baskets from the Pioneers' Claudia Nelson cut the margin in half at 10-5.
The Tigers controlled the glass early, at one point holding an 11-3 edge in rebounding, but the Pioneers slowing cut into that margin. East Bay's Claudia Nelson connected on a pair of three pointers as the Tigers saw their lead trimmed to 20-11 with 7:21 left in the first half.
But Fath delivered a lay-up in transition and then added a reverse lay-up underneath to restore a 27-15 advantage. However the Pioneers tallied the final five points of the half to head into the locker room down 27-20.
The Tigers shot 32.4 percent in the first half (11-of-34), while holding the Pioneers to 28.6 percent (8-of-28). Pacific forced 15 turnovers, and held a 20-10 advantage in points in the paint. Peacon led all scorers at the break with 16 points, while Fath chipped in 12. Nelson led the way for the Pioneers with a dozen at intermission.
Pacific opened the second half with a 19-6 run highlighted by a trio of three pointers, one each from Rogers, Rodriguez and McKenzie. The Tigers connected on eight of their first 10 attempts from the floor in the second half, leading 49-28 with 11:46 remaining.
The Tigers never looked back, stretching the lead to as many as 30 with 4:00 remaining on a lay-up from Rogers which made it 67-37.
For the game, the Tigers shot 43.3 percent (26-of-60), while limiting the Pioneers to 35.6 percent (16-of-45).
Cal State East Bay, formerly Cal State Hayward, was led by 21 points from senior guard Claudia Nelson. Nelson connected on seven of the Pioneers 16 field goals and added three steals. Sophomore forward Marlene MacMillian led Cal State East Bay with six rebounds.
In two exhibition games this season, the Tigers have yet to trail in 80 minutes of play, spending 2:08 tied at 0-0, and out in front for the other 77:52.
Pacific opens the 2010-11 regular season on Friday against Sacramento State. Tip-off from the Alex G. Spanos Center is at 7 p.m.