Women's Basketball Downs LMU With A Season-High 102 Points
Los Angeles, Calif. - Madison Parrish scored a career-high 28 points while Kendall Kenyon added 24 points and 13 rebounds as Pacific exploded for a season-high 102 points to beat Loyola Marymount, 102-95.
Parrish hit 15-of-17 from the free throw line and also dished out five assists. KiKi Moore added 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Unique Coleman scored in double-figures for the third-straight game with 13. Hailie Eackles chipped in 12 and Erin Butler six.
The Tigers shot 56 percent in the second half, and shot a season-high 40 free throw attempts, as LMU kept putting the Tigers on the line in the final two minutes as the Lions whittled a 17-point deficit down to seven.
Pacific has won eight of the last 10 and improves to 14-10 overall, and 9-5 in WCC play. Loyola Marymount drops to 8-17, 5-9 in WCC action.
LMU opened with a 4-1 lead before an 8-0 Pacific run. Eackles scored the Tigers' first six points before Sam Pettinger added a three-pointer. But the Lions responded with seven-straight points, before Kenyon posted a bucket inside and Kristina Johnson drove the lane for a lay-up.
After the Lions took a five-point lead, Pacific answered with an Eackles three, and a pair of lay-ups from Kenyon to tie the game at 24-24 with 6:25 to go in the half. The Tigers closed the half with a 14-7 run starting with an and-one from Coleman. Moore and Erin Butler drained threes as the Tigers took a 41-35 lead into halftime.
Pacific shot 48 percent in the first half, while LMU converted at a 42 percent clip. LMU out-rebounded the Tigers 22-17, but the Lions were one-of-three from behind the three-point line, compared to 5-of-11 for the Tigers.
Parrish drove for a basket to open the second half, and after a Emily Ben-Jumbo jumper for LMU, Parrish struck from deep as the Tigers stretched the lead to 46-37.
Kenyon tallied a pair of inside lay-ups and the Tigers held LMU to 2-of-7 in the first four more minutes of the half to stretch the lead to 52-42.
LMU cut the margin to seven from the free throw line, before Kenyon and Parrish restored a 12-point lead with lay-ups to start a 17-5 Pacific run and stretch the lead to 19 at 85-66 with 5:17 to play.
The Tigers held a 17-point lead with 3:47 to play before the Lions tried to extend the game by putting Pacific on the line.
Pacific also hit 102 points against Notre Dame de Namur on Nov. 30. The 61-point second half broke the Tigers' program record for points in a half, topping the 60 scored against Notre Dame de Namur.
LMU also finished with five players in double-figures, led by Kerins with 21. Johnson added 17 and Ramirez chipped in 16.
The Tigers will return to the Spanos Center for their final regular season home games on Thursday against Santa Clara (7 p.m.) and Saturday against San Francisco (2 p.m.).