Stockton, Calif. – In a game that saw eight ties and seven lead changes, it was visiting UC Davis who emerged victorious, using a 15-7 run over the final five minutes to defeat the Pacific women's basketball team 65-61 Saturday, Feb. 25, in a Big West counter.
Junior forward Kendall Rodriguez led all scorers with 20 points, 13 of which came in the first half. Sophomore guard Gena Johnson added 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting while junior guard Erica McKenzie chipped in 10 and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Pacific (14-11, 7-6 Big West) led by as many as eight points in the second half, gaining a 38-30 advantage at the 15:16 mark. UC Davis (16-10, 8-6 BWC), would not go away, however, as the Aggies used a 12-4 run to turn a 54-50 deficit into a 62-58 lead with 28 seconds left.
McKenzie brought the Tigers back to within one, 62-61, on a contested three-pointer with 21 seconds remaining. After a Pacific timeout, the Tigers were whistled for an intentional foul, giving UC Davis two free throws and the ball with 11 seconds left on the clock. The Aggies made three of their four free throws to seal the win.
Pacific now finds itself in fourth place in the Big West standings, one-half game back of UC Davis, with the conference tournament just 10 days away.
After a Kendall Rodriguez triple put the Tigers up early, UC Davis scored 10 of the game's next 11 points to take a 10-4 lead at the 14:52 mark. Freshman Kristina Johnson ended the Aggies' run with a three from the baseline before five straight points from Rodriguez put Pacific back on top 12-10 with 11:56 left in the half.
The two teams would trade baskets before Rodriguez drained two free throws following an Aggie technical foul, giving the Tigers a 17-15 advantage with ten minutes remaining. A lay-up from junior Ashley Smith gave Pacific its largest lead of the game, 19-15, but it would be short-live as the visitors used a 10-0 run to go up 25-19 at the 2:33 mark.
The Tigers snapped UC Davis's streak with a jumper from senior Christina Thompson. Sophomore guard Gena Johnson scored the last four points of the half, knotting the game at 25-25 heading into intermission.
UC Davis had four players in double figures, led by senior Samantha Meggison's 19 points. Junior Hannah Stephens tallied all 12 of her points in the second half.
The Aggies outscored the Tigers 14-5 in second-chance points despite both squads having the same number of offensive rebounds with 13.
Pacific will hit the road for its rescheduled contest at Long Beach State Tuesday, Feb. 28. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.