Women's Hoops Cruises To Fifth-Straight Win, 83-65, Over USF
Stockton, Calif. - Kendall Kenyon posted her 15th double-double of the season and KiKi Moore just missed her third with 21 points and nine rebounds as the Pacific women's basketball team cruised to an 83-65 win over San Francisco Saturday.
The Tigers won their fifth-straight and improved to 16-10 overall, 11-5 in West Coast Conference play. Pacific has won 10 of the last 12 games and sits alone in third place in the WCC with a pair of conference games remaining.
Kenyon finished with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting, with 12 rebounds. Madison Parrish added 15 points and five assists, Hailie Eackles added 13 points and a pair of assists, while Erin Butler chipped in 10 points and a pair of steals. Sam Pettinger handed out four assists as the Tigers shot 49 percent for the game and out-rebounded the Dons 43-32.
San Francisco was led by 17 points from Taj Winston, while Taylor Proctor added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Kenyon scored inside twice and Parrish added a three as the Tigers took an early 7-4. Pacific hit seven of the first nine from the field, and Erin Butler added a three-pointer for an 11-point lead at 19-8. But USF answered back with a 12-5 run to pull within 24-20 with 7:53 to go in the first half.
Pacific ripped off a 10-0 run, highlighted by a three from Eackles to lead 34-20 with 3:50 to go before halftime. Kenyon and Eackles chipped in lay-ups, with Eackles coming at the buzzer for a 42-30 lead at halftime.
The Tigers shot 55 percent in the first half, and out-rebounded the Dons 22-16.
Moore got going offensively in the second half, hitting a three and slicing to the rim for a bucket. A three from Parrish stretched the lead to 52-38.
But the Dons refused to go quietly, with three straight fast-break lay-ups off Tiger misses to cut the gap to 60-50. Erin Butler knocked down a three-pointer with 9:33 to go to push the advantage back up to 13.
Moore and Unique Coleman drove for lay-ins, and the Tigers came up with back-to-back steals and buckets from Moore to stretch the lead to 19 at 78-59 with 4:06 to play.
On Senior Day, the Tigers removed their seniors, Moore, Pettinger and Shanice Butler -- to a standing ovation, and salted away with the 18-point win.
Pacific will wrap the regular season on the road at Portland (Thursday, 7 p.m.) and No. 20 Gonzaga (Saturday, 2 p.m.) before heading to the West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas. The Tigers will enter in the quarterfinals on Friday, March 7.