December 21, 2013

Women's Hoops Rallies For Last-Second Win Over Richmond

 

Long Beach, Calif. - Pacific erased a 17-point deficit and scored four points in 3.3 seconds for a 59-57 win over Richmond at the Long Beach Classic Saturday. Kendall Keyon's lay-up with 0.2 seconds remaining off a steal by KiKi Moore gave Pacific the win.  

Moore finished with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Kenyon added 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, but saw her double-double streak snapped at five. Madison Parrish set a new career high with seven rebounds and tallied 12 points. Moore also added four assists and three steals.

Trailing 57-55, Moore's drive to the hoop rimmed out, but Kenyon was fouled on the rebound with 3.5 to play. Kenyon's clutch free throws knotted the game at 57-57, and Moore stole the inbounds pass from behind the three-point line. Moore found Kenyon underneath and she banked it in from the baseline for the win with 0.2 seconds left.

Pacific improves to 5-5 on the season, while Richmond falls to 5-7.

The Tigers out-scored Richmond 30-14 in the paint, but rallied from down 17 in the first half. Pacific fell behind 17-0 in the first 6:27, but roared back with a 25-7 run to take the lead.

The Tigers missed their first six shots from the field, while the Spiders hit back-to-back three pointers for a 12-0 lead. Richmond stretched it to 17-9 before Madison Parrish finally broke the seal after a 6:33 scoring drought.

Kenyon added an and-one, and blocked two consecutive shot attempts at the other end before Moore went coast-to-coast. Moore added another three points for a 10-0 run before Richmond restored a 10-point lead on a three-point play from Genevieve Okoro.

Pacific clamped down defensively, holding Richmond to two field goals in a span of 13 attempts, while Parrish hit a pair of free throws to cut the gap to 20-14 with 9:15 left in the first.

Unique Coleman knocked down a triple from the corner as the Tigers took their first lead, 25-24, with 5:21 left in the half. Shanice Butler and Moore hit lay-ups as the Tigers led 30-26, before Kristina Johnson's two free-throws with 1:26 to go. But the Spiders closed the half with the final three points.

Pacific held a 32-29 lead at half, as Moore led all scorers with 12 at the break. After starting 5-of-8, Pacific held Richmond to 5-of-27 shooting the rest of the first half. Pacific shot 39 percent in the first frame, to the Spiders 29 percent.

After the Spiders scored first to open the second, Marjorie Heard hit a jumper and Moore added a three-pointer. Parrish hit a free throw and Kenyon a baseline runner as Pacific led 40-35 with 13:08 to go.

Richmond reeled off five straight points to tie the game, and Okoro gave the Spiders their first lead of the second half with a free throw at the 12:11 mark, 41-40.

Claire Conricode drained a three from the wing to restore a 43-41 Pacific lead. Kenyon found Heard for an easy lay-in, but the Spiders refused to be squished, pulling within one at 49-48.

Hailie Eackles canned a try for a four-point lead and Shanice Butler's turn around floater put Pacific back up by five. Richmond scored four-straight from the free throw line, but Parrish and Lauren Tolson traded free throws as Pacific's lead held at one.

The Tigers came up empty on an offensive possession with two minutes left, as the Spiders took the lead, 57-55, on a three-pointer by Olivia Healy with 1:29 to play. After trading defensive stops, the Tigers broke out of a timeout with 20.7 seconds left.

Moore's drive rimmed out, but Kenyon posted the offensive rebound and was fouled with 3.5 seconds to go. Kenyon knocked down both free throws to knot the game at 57-57.

With 3.5 to go, the Spiders looked up court to try and complete a pass on the run for a game-winning attempt, but Moore read the play, stepped in and picked off the pass. Kenyon, who was fronting the inbounder, accepted a pass on the baseline and banked in a runner for the go-ahead score.

Richmond could only inbound with 0.2 seconds as the Tigers came away with their first win away from the Spanos Center.

Kenyon was named to the Long Beach Classic All-Tournament Team.

The Tigers are back in action next Saturday at 2 p.m. against Portland in the WCC opener at the Spanos Center.