Women's Hoops Drops WCC Opener To Portland

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team couldn't overcome a cold-shooting afternoon from three-point range and 36 points by Jasmine Wooten as Portland posted a 73-65 win in the Tigers' WCC opener. Kendall Kenyon posted her third 20+ rebound game this year, finishing with 21 boards and 22 points, in Pacific's first ever West Coast Conference game.

Wooten connected on 10-of-19 shooting from the field, and six-of-nine from three-point range as the Pilots out-shot Pacific from the three-point line, 10 treys to three.

KiKi Moore added 21 points and seven assists for Pacific, while converting 9-of-12 from the free throw line. Kristina Johnson added six points and an assist while Madison Parrish chipped in six points and three dimes.

Kenyon struck on 10-of-17 shots from the field, and pulled in nine of her 21 rebounds on the offensive glass. She also blocked a shot, the 101st of her career. Kenyon hit the 20 rebound mark for the fourth time in her career, the most 20+ rebound games by any Tiger in program history. She also moved into the top 10 on the Tigers career rebounding list with 624 in 74 career games.

Pacific falls to 5-6 overall this season, and 0-1 in WCC play. Portland improves to 8-4 overall, 1-0 in WCC action.  

Portland tallied the first eight points of the game, before Kenyon scored on a put-back. The Tigers posted eight-straight defensive stops and Sam Pettinger's three-pointer gave the Tigers a 9-8 lead.

After trading buckets, the Tigers took a 15-13 lead on a lay-up inside by Shanice Butler, but the Pilots went up 20-17 on a three-pointer from Amy Pupa.

Kenyon's put-back put Pacific up 25-24, and gave her the double-double with  5:39 left in the first half.

Jasmine Wooten gave the Pilots a one-point lead with a pair of free throws, and Cassandra Brown's jumped stretched the margin to four. Wooten added a three-pointer and a lay-up before Shanice Butler's lay-up closed the Portland lead to 39-30 at the half.

The Tigers found themselves down nine as they shot 34 percent in the first half, and connected on just one of 10 attempts from three-point range.

In the second half, Kristina Johnson posted the opening points of the half as the Tigers trimmed the margin to seven, but back-to-back three pointers saw the Pilots take a 47-34 lead.

Kenyon's lay-up brought Pacific within 10, and after a lay-up from Erin Boettcher, Moore drained a three as the Tigers trailed 51-42.

But Wooten and Kari Luttinen posted back-to-back three-pointers as the Pilots stretched the lead to 57-42 with 12:39 left to play.

Moore hit a three-pointer and drove to the rack as Pacific trimmed the Pilots' advantage to 11 at 62-51, with 9:08. But Wooten again struck from three-point range.

Pacific reeled off a 15-8 run to cut the Portland lead to 70-61 with 2:25 left. The Tigers held Portland to no field goals and just three points in the final 5:17, but could only make up eight points in that span, as Pacific had a 3:57 drought themselves.

The Tigers' shot just 3-of-22 from behind the three-point line, while Portland connected on 10-of-21. The Tigers shot 36 percent from the field (25-of-69) to Portland's 37 percent (23-of-62), and out-rebounded the Pilots 48-40. Pacific tallied 41 points in the paint to Portland's 18. But the Pilots' conversion rate from behind the arc was enough to drop the Tigers to 0-1 in WCC play.

Pacific is back in action on Monday, at 5 p.m. against No. 21 (USA Today Coaches)/No. 24 (AP) Gonzaga at the Alex G. Spanos Center.