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Kate Gaze will play in her 125th career game, a school record.
Kate Gaze will play in her 125th career game, a school record.
WBK | Gaels Host Tigers In Annual Play 4Kay Game
Release: Friday 02/04/2014 
by SMC Athletics
MORAGA, Calif. – The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team (18-4, 8-3 West Coast Conference) hosts Pacific (11-10, 6-5 WCC) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in McKeon Pavilion. The Gaels will be wearing their pink uniforms as the game is the annual Play 4Kay game.

The first 100 fans at the Play 4Kay game will get a pink SMC wrist band or head band. Additionally, special t-shirts will be available with a $20 donation. For more information, contact Hugo Figueredo (hsf1@stmarys-ca.edu).

It was just two weeks ago when the Tigers handed the Gaels a 91-80 defeat in Stockton. Since then, the Gaels swept the BYU and San Diego homestand, to take hold of second-place in the WCC. Pacific also defeated San Diego, but lost to BYU.

Saint Mary’s is led by its high-scoring trio of Jackie Nared (1,420 career points), Danielle Mauldin (1,289) and Kate Gaze (1,166). Nared led the WCC in scoring last year, and continues to lead the conference this year at 22.2 ppg.

Mauldin leads the WCC in rebounding with 13.7 rpg, which also ranks fifth in the NCAA. Mauldin is second in the NCAA in double-doubles with 18 in 22 games. She recently became the WCC and SMC career rebounding leader and enters the week with 1,156 career rebounds.

With an appearance against Pacific on Saturday, Gaze will become the all-time leader in games played at Saint Mary’s. The match-up with the Tigers will be game No. 125 for Gaze, who ranks 3rd all-time in school history with 168 three-pointers.

The Gaels now have seven wins over Top-100 RPI schools in Gonzaga (21), San Diego (30), USC (48), BYU (50), Cal Poly (86), Washington (95) and Alabama (97). SMC’s losses have not been bad, losing to USD (30), BYU (50), Sac. St. (103) and Pacific (106), all on the road.

Last week the Tigers defeated San Diego 80-70 but lost to BYU 88-57. On January 25th, the Tigers defeated the Gaels at the Spanos Center.

Pacific is led by Kendall Kenyon with 17.3ppg and 10.8rpg. Kiki Moore adds 15.6ppg and 2.8 steals per game. The Tigers shoot free-throws at a 66.7 percent clip as a team. Saint Mary’s and Pacific have the top two offenses in the WCC statistically in points per game. The Gaels averaged 79.4 ppg and the Tigers average 72.2 ppg.

After this week, the Gaels head to southern California for road games at Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.