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Ducks Host Pacific In WNIT First Round
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 03/17/2014
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EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team will play host to Pacific in the first round of the WNIT at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena, the tournament announced Monday evening.

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The Ducks (15-15) will meet the Tigers (18-12) in the first round, with the winner of the Washington and Hawai'i game in Seattle waiting in the second round. The site of a potential second round game is TBA.

Pacific finished third in the West Coast Conference with a 12-6 league mark and lost to BYU in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament. With Gonzaga and BYU earning NCAA Tournament bids from the WCC, Pacific was an automatic qualifier for the WNIT as the highest finishing team in its conference that was not chosen by the NCAA Tournament.

Pacific head coach Lynne Roberts is in her eighth season. She was named Big West Coach of the Year last season, the Tigers' final season in that conference before moving to the WCC this year.

The Tigers are led by senior guard Kiki Moore's 16.5 points per game and junior forward Kendall Kenyon's 15.9 points per game. Kenyon leads the team in rebounds, averaging 10.3 per game. Moore, a Fresno State transfer, was named first-team all-WCC and WCC Newcomer of the Year

In non-conference play this year, Pacific posted a 75-66 win over Arizona and lost a pair of close games to top-25 teams - 68-66 at No. 21 California and 73-66 vs. No. 23 Florida State.

Last year, the Tigers advanced to the round of 16 in the WNIT. Pacific beat Arkansas-Little Rock in the first round and Washington in the second round before losing to Utah. In 2012, the Tigers beat Arizona State in the first round before falling to San Diego.

The Ducks are 3-0 all-time against Pacific, with the last meeting a 76-71 win in Eugene on Nov. 18, 2008. Oregon went 2-0 against other WCC foes this year, beating Portland and Pepperdine.

 

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