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Women's Basketball Host Pacific Sunday

Dec. 3, 2006

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Saint Mary's Game Day: The Saint Mary's women's basketball team (2-4) will return home to face the Pacific Tigers (2-4) on Sunday, December 3. Tip-off is slated for 2:05 p.m. from McKeon Pavilion. The Gaels are coming off a tough loss to Oregon in their first road trip of the season.

Last Time Out: In Saint Mary's first road-trip beyond the Bay Area, the Gaels suffered a 79-53 defeat to the University of Oregon in Eugene on the McArthur Court. Junior guard Serena Benavente led the Gaels with nine points on 4-of-9 shooting. Junior guard Lauren Shaughnessy led SMC on the glass with seven boards while adding six points and four assists.

Who's Hot: After starting slow from the floor shooting in Saint Mary's first three contests, junior guard Serena Benavente is back on track. The Seaside, CA native led the Gaels in scoring with nine points against Pac-10 foe Oregon. Benavente added a three on 4-of-9 shooting. Against Utah State Benavente also added nine and versus Missouri, the guard poured in 10.

Scouting Pacific: The Tigers enter Moraga with a 2-4 overall record after splitting their last two games. Pacific fell to West Coast Conference opponent San Diego 72-67 on Friday. Against a familiar Saint Mary's opponent in Utah State, Pacific defeated the Aggies 56-49. The Tigers are sporting a 25-game losing streak on the road.

As a team, the Tigers are averaging 60.8 points per game while allowing 68.5. Pacific is shooting 38 percent while its opponents convert at a 40 percent clip. From beyond the arc, the Tigers are shooting 29 percent and from the charity stripe, Pacific sinks 56 percent of its attempts.

Individually Pacific is led by Jake Kelly and Karen Dawkins. Kelly is averaging 14.8 points and is shooting 37 percent from the floor. Dawkins closely follows with 14.0 points and a team-leading 9.8 rebounds. The 6-1 forward has already tallied two double-doubles.

McKeon Victories: Saint Mary's has already posted some impressive victories at its home court McKeon Pavilion. The Gaels recorded a 69-68 comeback victory against ACC foe Miami and then followed that up with a 100-91 overtime victory against Cal State Northridge.

Hometown Fever: Freshman guard Lisa Busch saw her first action as a Gael when Saint Mary's traveled to her hometown in Eugene, OR to face the Ducks. The Marist High School product went a perfect 2-for-2 from the floor with a three pointer to finish the night with five points.

Next Week: The Gaels will once again hit the road, this time heading down south to San Diego. Saint Mary's will face the San Diego State Aztecs on Sunday, December 10 with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m. from Cox Arena.