Women's Hoops Rolls Over Saint Mary's, 88-71
Moraga, Calif. - Erin Butler drained five three-pointers for a season-high 19 points and Unique Coleman set career-highs with 17 points and five rebounds as the Pacific women's basketball team downed Saint Mary's, 88-71 Saturday afternoon.
Madison Parrish added 14 points with four three-pointers, while Kendall Kenyon grabbed 10 rebounds to go with six points. KiKi Moore scored 13 points for Pacific, while Hailie Eackles chipped in nine and Marjorie Heard added eight.
The Tigers improve to 12-10 on the year and 7-5 in the West Coast. Saint Mary's falls to 18-5, 8-4 in WCC play.
Pacific forced 15 second-half turnovers, and outscored Saint Mary's 34-14 off turnovers in the game. The Tigers never trailed in the game, and shot 51 percent (33-of-65) with the turnover margin holding the Gaels to a healthy percentage on far fewer attempts (25-of-54, 46 percent).
Parrish opened scoring with a pair of threes for a 6-2 Pacific lead. Kenyon drove to the rim for an 11-4 advantage before Hannah Kaser answered back with a three for the Gaels. Butler knocked down a pair of three-pointers as Pacific stretched the lead to 19-9 with 13:57 to go in the first.
Marjorie Heard and Unique Coleman finished inside as the Tigers connected on 10 of their first 14 shots, leading 29-16.
The Tigers came up empty on three-straight possessions as the Gaels pulled back to within 10, at 33-23. After Saint Mary's cut the margin to eight, Butler hit back-to-back threes to restore a 14-point advantage.
Parrish added another three-pointer, for the Tigers' largest lead at 44-28, but Saint Mary's closed the half on a 6-2 run as the Tigers led 46-34 at the break.
Pacific shot 52 percent from the field in the first half, 16-of-31, including 7-of-15 from three-point range. But the Gaels led the turnover battle, 9-6, to keep the margin at a dozen.
Hailie Eackles drilled a three-pointer for the first points of the second half. Coleman converted an and-one as the Tigers led by 17, 55-38.
Butler connected yet again as the Tigers stretched the lead to 20, at 60-42, but Saint Mary's hit five-straight shots to cut the gap to 64-50 with 9:50 to play.
Coleman answered with another and-one, and Eackles finished at the rim before Coleman restored a 20-point lead with a three from the wing. Saint Mary's Shannon Mauldin hit a three from the corner, bringing the Gaels within 15.
Kenyon and Coleman drove to the rack, but Saint Mary's answered from the free throw line. Coleman restored a 15-point advantage at 80-65 with 2:58 to play.
The Tigers ran the shot clock, and Moore finished before Eackles drew a charge to ice the win.