November 23, 2013

Women's Hoops Downs Arizona With Big Second Half

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team used an 18-1 run with eight minutes to take a 75-66 win over Arizona Saturday at the Alex G. Spanos Center. Junior Kendall Kenyon turned in 20 points with 10 rebounds, while senior KiKi Moore and junior Madison Parrish each added 17.

After falling behind by 13 in the first-half, Pacific rallied to tie the game at halftime, and shot 64 percent in the second half to down a Pac-12 team for the third consecutive season. Pacific improves to 3-2 overall while Arizona falls to 1-4.

Parrish's 17 points tied her career high, previously set at Fresno State. Kenyon connected on 7-of-12 from the field, while Parrish hit 6-of-10, including a pair of threes. Moore also handed our five assists, while sophomore Hailie Eackles added eight points, four assists and three steals in a career-high 30 minutes. Erin Butler added six points on a pair of three-pointers and chipped in four rebounds against her former team.

Pacific forced 26 Wildcat turnovers and turned them into 28 points. The Tigers also used dribble-penetration to outscore Arizona 40-34 in the paint against the longer Wildcats. Arizona posted a 39-30 advantage in rebounding.

The Tigers hit 16-of-25 from the field in the second ha;d, and cooled off an Arizona offense that hit on 52 percent in the first half (12-of-23).

Arizona scored the first five points of the game before Parrish drove the lane for two. Arizona's Kama Griffitts hit a three-pointer for the Wildcats for a 10-2 lead as the Tigers committed five turnovers on their first 10 possessions.

Moore fed Kenyon inside and Erin Butler knocked down a pair of three-pointers from the corner to bring Pacific within 18-10 with 10:12 to go in the first. Parrish scored while being fouled and Pacific grabbed the offensive rebound on the missed free throw with Kenyon finishing inside. Moore added an and-one, with the free throw cutting Arizona's lead to 23-19.

Kenyon hit a pair of free throws to cap an 11-0 run that brought Pacific to within two, at 23-21, before Breanna Workman hit a free throw to end the Wildcats drought. Parrish scored on the other end after a defensive stop, Hailie Eackles hit a three-pointer for Pacific's first lead, at 26-24, the product of an 14-1 run.

Following a three by the Wildcats, Shanice Butler scored inside and Ashley Merrill put Arizona back up one, 29-28, with a transition lay-up. Moore hit one of two from the line on Pacific's last possession to tie the game at 29-29 headed into halftime.

Kenyon led Pacific at the break with eight points, while Parrish and Erin Butler each added six. The Tigers shot 33 percent in the first half, while Arizona connected at 52 percent. But the Tigers forced 15 first-half turnovers to go into the locker room tied at the half.

Moore drove the lane for the first points of the second half, but Arizona picked up back-to-back buckets. Kenyon hit double figures with a jumper in the paint.  Arizona reeled off seven straight points before Parrish finished at the rim and then drained a triple to tie the game at 40-40. Parrish hit another three for the lead and Kristina Johnson added a triple as the Tigers left 48-44 with 10:35 to play.

Pacific reeled off a 14 straight points over three minutes, as Kenyon's drive and scoop shot gave the Tigers a four-point lead, and after a free throw by Moore, Eackles nailed a three in the corner. Kenyon's free throws capped the 18-1 run for a 64-52 Pacific lead with 5:01 to go.

After Griffitts hit a three, Moore hit a jumper to restore an 11-point advantage. The Wildcats picked up three from the free throw line, but Eackles drove and finished off the glass as the Tigers led by 10 with two minutes to go.

The two teams traded free throws before Arizona posted a lay-up before the buzzer for a nine-point margin.

The Wildcats finished with four players in double-figures: Griffitts with a team-high 16, Workman with 12, Candice Warthen with 11, and Erica Barnes with 10.

The Tigers improve to 3-0 in the Spanos Center and have won 17 of 20 at home. Pacific is now 3-2 against the Pac-12 since the conference added Utah and Colorado and changed its name in 2011-12.

Pacific is back in action next Saturday, at 2 p.m. against Notre Dame de Namur at the Spanos Center.