No. 23 Florida St. Sneaks By Pacific Women's Basketball
Long Beach, Calif. - Kendall Kenyon scored 24 points with 11 rebounds as the Pacific women's basketball held their own against No. 24/23 Florida State Friday at the Beach Classic, but the Seminoles emerged with a 73-66 win.
Pacific will face Richmond at 3 p.m. in the consolation game.
The Tigers stayed close through out despite not hitting a three-pointer in the first half, and attempting just four free throws in the first 19:59 of the second half. Florida State outscored Pacific 21-4 from the free throw line in the second half, keeping the Tigers at arm's length.
KiKi Moore added 14 points and five assists, while Madison Parrish added 10 points and Hailie Eackles and Marjorie Heard and Kristina Johnson six each.
Pacific falls to 4-5 on the year, while Florida State improves to 10-1.
Florida State opened with the first three baskets before Moore hit a pair of free throws and scored off a steal. Moore found Kenyon inside for an easy bucket as the Tigers cut the gap to 9-6.
Kenyon tallied inside, but it was the lone Pacific basket in a five minute stretch as the Seminoles stretched the advantage to 15-8. Kenyon added a jumper, and Madison Parrish drove to the rim and finished off the glass as the Tigers kept without five with 7:13 left in the first.
After a pair of FSU free throws, Kenyon scored with the reverse lay-up and added a put-back. But Cheetah Delgado picked up a steal and scored in transition.
Kenyon added a pair of free throws, and scored off a long pass on the fast break before Moore finished a floater in the paint. The 6-0 run cut the margin to 29-25, but the Seminoles added a free throw for a halftime lead of 30-25.
Pacific didn't connect on nine attempts from three-point range, but the Tigers held Florida State to 32 percent shooting (12-of-37) to keep the Seminoles within striking distance. Pacific also forced 14 FSU turnovers, but the Tigers committed 17 first-half turnovers themselves.
Kenyon hit 7-of-11 in the first half, as the Tigers held a 20-12 advantage in points in the paint at intermission.
Natasha Howard and Kenyon traded baskets and Pacific turned it over as Florida State bumped their lead up to double-digits for the first time, at 37-27 early in the first half.
Marjorie Heard scored back-to-back buckets inside, and Hailie Eackles knocked down Pacific's first three-pointer, pulling Pacific within six. Florida State surged ahead, 45-34, as the Tigers were whistled for six of the first seven fouls in the half.
Moore added a three-pointer and Eackles struck against from long-range, as Pacific clawed back to within six. Kristina Johnson and Howard traded lay-ups, and a scoop at the rim by Parrish brought Pacific within four, at 48-44.
After four points from the Seminoles, Kenyon hit a jumper from the elbow to stay within six. Johnson added another floater in the paint as the Tigers cut the margin to four, at 56-52, with 6:56 remaining.
Parrish connected on a triple and Heard hit a pair of free throws as the Tigers came within three with 4:33 left. But the Seminoles answered with a 5-0 run, capped by a three-point play from Howard.
Moore drove and finished at the rim, but Howard knocked down a pair of free throws as Florida State held a seven-point edge with 90 seconds left.
Parrish struck from the corner and Howard hit her free throws before Moore converted another floater with 57 seconds left. Florida State closed it out from the free throw line. Moore shot a pair of free throws on a call with 0.2 seconds left on the clock, adding insult to injury with the Tigers' fifth and sixth free throw attempts of the half.
The Tigers out-scored the Seminoles 42-34 in the paint, with FSU holding a slim 41-40 edge on the boards.
Kenyon's 24 points were the most scored by a player against the Seminoles this season.