Differences


Pacific’s Michael Nunnally goes to the hoop against Cal’s Max Zhang during a game against Cal’s at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/4 w/ Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200).


University of the Pacific’s Jennifer Fath goes to the hoop against USF’s Donnisha Taylor during a women’s basketball game at Spanos Center in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/400th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 3200).

A few days after the University of the Pacific men’s basketball team played U.C. Berkeley in the Stockton Showcase, the UOP women’s team also played opponents from the Bay Area, the University of San Francisco, and things couldn’t have been more different.


The Pacific men’s basketball team plays Cal’s at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/3.2 w/ Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200).


The stands are nearly empty at Spanos Center during a women’s basketball game between UOP and USF in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/320th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 3200).

The men took on Cal at the Stockton Arena in front of 8704 fans. The women played against the Dons at Spanos Center on the UOP campus. I estimated that there were about 150 to 200 people in the building, which included, the players, coaches, refs, concession stand workers and me. Although game was already started when I got there, the stands looked like I was a hour early.


University of the Pacific fans cheer on the men’s basketball team during a game against Cal’s at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/2.8 w/ Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200)


The Pacific Dancers dance to a nearly empty Spanos Center during a women’s basketball game between UOP and USF in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 3200).

The noise from the crowd, band and PA system in the arena was thunderous. At Spanos Center, the band wasn’t in attendance and I could hear the of the Pacific Dancers’ mylar pom-poms swish as they pranced around the floor during timeouts.


Pacific’s Joe Ford fights for a rebound with Cal’s Max Zhang during a men’s basketball game at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/2.8 w/ Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200).


University of the Pacific’s Erica McKenzie goes to the hoop against USF’s Mel Khlok, left, and Vania Singleterry during a women’s basketball game at Spanos Center in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: 17-55mm @ 38mm. Exposure: 1/400th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 3200).

During the men’s game, Tigers made the first basket, but after that the Bears took the lead and never relinquished it. The women, however, held the lead for most of their game, even accruing a double digit lead at one point.

At the end of their respective nights, both the men’s and women’s teams finally found some common ground, losing to their opponents. But even then there was a difference: the men were easily crushed, 79-54 while the women lost a close battle, 71-67.

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