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Pacific Extends Season With Third Round WNIT Date

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12-13 WBB Release 21.pdf

3/27/2013

Pacific is the remaining Big West club in postseason play as the Tigers will play in the third round of the WNIT Thursday.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

• Pacific’s journey in the WNIT has taken them to Stockon and back as the club downed Arkansas-Little Rock at home before defeating Washington on the road. The Tigers are the first Big West team since Long Beach State in 2000 to win two or more WNIT games. That year, the 49ers topped New Mexico and Saint Mary’s before falling to Colorado State.

• The two wins by Pacific in the WNIT give it three all-time, matching the most in Big West history with UC Santa Barbara. The two school account for six of the 17 wins all-time by the league in the WNIT.

• Four teams saw their seasons come to close last week following first round tournament games. Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara and Hawai’i fell in the first round of the WNIT, while Big West Tournament champion Cal Poly lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

• The 27 wins by Pacific enter the program into elite company in Big West history. That win threshold has only been reached 12 times in conference lore, most recently by the 2003-04 UC Santa Barbara squad. The league has also had only three 30+ win teams in history, the most recent being the 1999-2000 UCSB team. The all-time record for wins in a single season is held by Long Beach State in 1986-87 with 33.

• The Big West first team consists of six players from five teams. Pacific’s senior duo of Erica McKenzie and Kendall Rodriguez are the lone pair of teammates on the club, the first time the Tigers have placed two on the first team since Gillian d’Hondt and Seleno Ho were on the 2002 first team. Cal Poly’s Molly Schlemer, UC Davis’ Sydnee Fipps, UC Santa Barbara’s Sweets Underwood and Hawai’i Kamilah Martin rounded out the team.

• The Big West is enjoying one of its finer non-conference showings in recent memory with a 59-63 record, an improvement over the 50-70 record the conference posted a season ago. Included in this season’s non-conference record is a 9-13 record against Pac-12 opposition, improving on a 5-16 mark from 2011-12.

• Cal Poly just completed a sterling campaign filled with firsts. The Mustangs won their first Big West Tournament title, earned their first NCAA Tournament berth, collected a program record-tying 21 wins, are making their third consecutive postseason appearance (2 WNIT, 1 NCAA) and have had the last four Big West Players of the Year. Head coach Faith Mimnaugh also won her 200th game this season, adding to her program record which now stands at 216.

• Cal State Fullerton made quite the unexpected run in the Big West Tournament, reaching the semifinals for the first time since 2009. After entering the Tournament as a No. 8 seed, the Titans knocked off No. 5 Long Beach State and No. 3 Hawai’i before falling on a last second three-pointer against No. 1 Pacific. CSF became the first eight seed to win two games at the Big West Tournament.