Women's Hoops Lights Up Pepperdine, 91-67
MALIBU, CALIF. - Five Tigers scored in double-figures as Pacific rolled over Pepperdine, 91-67 Thursday at Firestone Fieldhouse. Hailie Eackles (16), Madison Parrish (15), Unique Coleman (14), KiKi Moore (13) and Kendall Kenyon (12) provided the offense as Pacific won for the seventh time in nine games.
The Tigers shot a season-best 56 percent, 36-of-64, and never trailed in the contest. After building a 21-point lead, the Waves mounted a mini-comeback, but the Tigers slammed the door to improve to 13-10 on the year and 8-5 in West Coast Conference play.
Pacific racked up 52 points in the paint, and added eight three-pointers for the road victory.
Keitra Wallace led Pepperdine with 20 points, while Ea Shoushtari added 11 and Tessa Emerson and Allie Green 10 each. Pepperdine falls to 5-19 overall and 1-12 in WCC action.
Parrish and Moore provided lay-ups and Kenyon got to the rim and knocked down four free throws for an early 8-2 lead.
Pepperdine cut the margin to 14-10 before Parrish drilled back-to-back threes to jump start a 10-2 run as Pacific stretched the lead to 10, at 24-14.
Moore and Eackles drove to the rack for and-ones, but Ea Shoushtari answered with a three-point play off the lay-up as the Tigers led by 11, 36-25 with four minutes to go in the half.
Pacific added a 13-2 run and stretched the lead to 21 before carrying a 46-28 lead into halftime. The Tigers shot 57 percent in the first half, while holding the Waves to 30 percent shooting.
The Tigers hit their first three baskets of the second half, but committed five turnovers in the first four minutes of the half as Pepperdine stayed within 18.
Coleman drove for back-to-back buckets to restore a 20-point lead at 59-39 with 13:35 to play.
Pepperdine hung around, matching a pair of lay-ups by Sam Pettinger with a lay-ups from Wallace and Shoushtari, before Allie Green hit two consecutive three-pointers to bring the Waves within a dozen at 71-59.
Shanice Butler's put-back provided a 14-point cushion and Parrish, Heard and Eackles posted lay-ins as the Tigers restored the 20-point lead. The eight-player rotation of Pepperdine lost its steam down the stretch and the Tigers closed it out with a three from Erin Butler before the shot clock expired with 1:30 to go.
Coleman has scored 31 points in the last two games after tallying 36 in the first 18 games of her freshman year.
The Tigers face Loyola Marymount on Saturday at 2 p.m.