December 15, 2013

Hawai'i Rallies Past Pacific Women's Hoops, 81-70

Stockton, Calif. - KiKi Moore scored 20 points with five steals, while Kendall Kenyon added 12 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double, but Hawai'i posted a 49-point second half for a 81-70 win over Pacific women's basketball Sunday afternoon at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Hailie Eackles and Madison Parrish each added 11 points, with Parrish chipping in five assists and Eackles connecting on 4-of-6 from the field.

Hawai'i shot 62 percent in the second half and erased an 18-point first-half deficit as Pacific fell for the first time at home this season. The Rainbow Wahine improve to 6-4 overall, while the Tigers fall to 4-4 overall. In the final 27:03, the Rainhow Wahine out-scored Pacific 67-38 after the Tigers built a 32-14 lead in the first 13 minutes.

The Tigers were out-rebounded 37-27 and outscored 46-36 in the paint.

The Tigers jumped all over the Rainbow Wahine in the early going, opening with a 9-0 run, and stretching the lead to 17-4. The Tigers hit six of their first 10 shots for the game, while holding Hawai'i to 1-of-9 through the first five minutes.

Hailie Eackles drove to the rack for a pair of buckets as the Tigers extended the margin to 28-12 with 8:02 left in the first.

Kenyon added a pair of jumpers as the Tigers led by 18, at 32-14. But the Rainbow Wahine reeled off an 12-0 run to close the gap to six with three minutes left in the first period.

A three-pointer from UH's Briana Harris made it a one possession game. But Shanice Butler hit one of two from the free throw line to end a 5:26 scoreless drought.

Pua Kailiawa knocked down a three-pointer, but KiKi Moore posted a steal with two seconds to go, and beat the buzzer with a long three for a 36-32 lead at the half.

Kenyon led all players with 10 points and seven rebounds at the half. Pacific shot 48 percent in the first half, to 44 percent for Hawai'i.

Moore hit a floater to open Pacific's second half scoring, and after a steal, posted an and-one for a 41-34 lead two minutes in. Madison Parrish knocked down a triple from the corner as Pacific led by 10.

Kamiliah Jackson finished while being fouled for Hawai'i, and a long jumper cut Pacific's lead to 44-40 with 14:43 left. After a Moore drive, Jackson shuffled her way into the paint for another and-one, and a long two from Harris gave Hawai'i its first lead at 47-46 with 11:44 to go.

Kristina Johnson answered with a kiss off the glass, but Destiny King posted a jumper as the Rainbow Wahine led 53-50. Shanice Butler scored inside off a feed from Erin Butler, but back-to-back buckets from Hawai'i stretched the margin to 63-54 before Eackles knocked down a three-pointer.

Moore ripped off a steal and transition lay-up, and Eackles hit another three-pointer as the Tigers cut the gap to five, but Hawai'i posted  pair of free throws and grabbed a steal in the paint before 22 Ahleigh Karaitiana's three-pointer re-established a 72-62 lead with 3:31 remaining.

Jackson scored with another and-one, and the Tigers couldn't catch up, falling to 4-1 at home this season.

Pacific is back in action next Friday, at 7 p.m. against Florida State in Long Beach State's Beach Classic.