January 9, 2014

Four Score In Double-Figures As Women's Hoops Outlasts USF

 

San Francisco - KiKi Moore turned in her first Pacific double-double, and Erin Butler nearly added a double-double as well, as the Pacific women's basketball team downed San Francisco, 80-67, Thursday at War Memorial Gym.

Moore finished with 20 and a season-high 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the year, to go with six assists. Butler scored 16 points to go with a career-high nine rebounds. Madison Parrish added 12 points and three helpers, while Hailie Eackles and Marjorie Heard each chipped in nine points with six rebounds. Kendall Kenyon grabbed 11 rebounds in 17 minutes while fighting foul trouble.

Pacific improves to 7-8 overall, 2-3 in WCC play. The Dons fall to 7-8 overall, 2-2 in WCC action.

The Tigers drained nine first-half three-pointers to build a lead as large as 22, and managed to hold on as USF drove to the rim and scored with the clock off in the second half. USF's Taylor Proctor led all scorers with 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Eackles opened the scoring with a three from the wing, but the Dons answered with a turnaround jumper and a three-pointer from Aundrea Gordon. Moore drove to the rim to knot the game at 5-5 with 15:53 left in the first.

Kenyon and Parrish posted lay-ups before Moore and Butler each drained three-pointers from the top of the key for a 15-8 lead.

Taylor Proctor recorded back-to-back buckets for the Dons before Butler drained another triple to restore a six-point advantage.

Unique Coleman drove to the rim to cap an 8-0 as Pacific stretched the lead to 23-12.

Pacific led by as many as 14 in the first half, 27-13, before the Dons tallied in transition to cut the gap to single-digits.

Butler and Eackles then struck for three-pointers, but the Dons kept within 14 by hitting four free throws. With 2:04 left in the half, Eackles knocked down another trey and then Butler and Heard struck from long range as the Tigers lead swelled to 48-27.  USF's Rachel Howard hit a free throw before intermission as the Tigers led by 20 at the break.

Pacific shot 44 percent (17-of-39) in the first half, and 9-of-18 from three-point range. The Tigers committed just four first-half turnovers, while forcing eight USF miscues.

In the second half, Parrish found Butler driving to the basket, but the Dons posted back-to-back buckets to claw within 57-40 with 13:24 to go.

Kristina Johnson grabbed the offensive rebound and scored on a put-back, but Proctor answered on the other end to bring the Dons within 15. Proctor got to the rim for a pair of free throws as USF cut the gap to 12, 61-49.

Parrish knocked down a three-pointer from the corner to help curb the USF momentum and restore a 13-point lead. Heard interrupted a flow of USF free throws with a baseline jumper, as Pacific maintained a 13-point margin, 68-55. The Dons hit 14 of their first 15 free throws in the second half to slowly chip away.

Proctor's three trimmed Pacific's lead to 10, 70-60 with 2:51 remaining. Proctor struck again from deep as USF pulled to within eight, but Parrish hit a pair of free throws for the Tigers.

Heard restored a double-digit advantage with a put-back bucket, and Moore and Eackles each intercepted USF paces as the Tigers iced the game from the free throw line.

The Tigers finished with a season-low 10 turnovers, and outscored USF off turnovers 17-6 for the game.

Pacific is back in action on Saturday at Santa Clara, in a 2 p.m. tip-off with the Broncos.