February 27, 2014

Women's Hoops Wins Sixth-Straight, 70-57, At Portland


Portland, Ore. - Pacific dominated the glass and connected from deep for a 70-57 women's basketball win at Portland Thursday. KiKi Moore posted her third double-double of the season, while Hailie Eackles hit five-of-seven from three-point range.

The Tigers set a program record with their sixth straight road win, and stretched their overall win streak to six.

Sam Pettinger tied a career-high with eight rebounds to go with eight points and six assists. Moore finished with 11 points and a season-high 14 rebounds. Kendall Kenyon added 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting, with five rebounds.

Erin Butler chipped in four threes for 12 points, while Madison Parrish handed out six assists. As a team, the Tigers tallied 19 assists on 24 field goals, and hit 11-of-27 from three-point range.

On the glass, the Tigers held a 45-27 advantage in rebounding, including a 23-5 mark in offensive boards. Pacific tallied 26 second chance points to Portland's four.

With the win, Pacific improves to 12-5 in WCC play and 17-10 overall. The Tigers assure themselves of at least the four seed in the WCC Tournament, and remain alive for the number two seed.

Hailie Eackles opened the scoring with a three from the corner, and after a  bucket from Kenyon off a Moore feed, Sam Pettinger added a three as the Tigers began with a 9-0 run.

Portland answered with six straight points, but Parrish drove to the rack for a basket and Pettinger aded another three for a 15-7 lead with 11:32 to go in the first.

An Erin Butler three pointer and Kenyon finish off the pass from Kristina Johnson put Pacific up 20-9.

Pacific used a 15-2 run over 7:19 to stretch the lead to 30-11. Marjorie Heard finished a lay-up and Butler added two more three-pointers before Kari Luttinen hit a long two for the Pilots.

The Tigers led by as many as 20, at 33-13, on a three from Eackles, but Portland tallied the last two baskets of the half as Pacific took a 33-17 lead into the break. The 17-points allowed was a season-best by Pacific's defense.

Pacific hit 7-of-16 from three-point range in the first half, and out-rebounded the Pilots 26-12, to keep Portland with just 20 field goal attempts to the Tigers' 33.

Eackles connected on another three to begin the second half, and added her fourth trey with the shot clock about the expire for a 43-25 Pacific lead. Kenyon finished inside and Erin Butler added another three as the Tigers stretched the lead to 21, 48-27.

Portland cut into the Tigers run, timing the margin to 14 on an and-one from Luttinen as the Pilots pulled within 56-42 with 9:33 left.

Kenyon finished off a pass from Eackles, and Pettinger drew a charge on the defensive end. Eackles added another three to restore an 18-point lead.

Six-straight Portland points cut the lead to a dozen, at 64-52, with 3:55 to play. Eackles blocked a shot on the defensive end and Kenyon finished, but Cassandra Thompson's three cut the Pacific lead to 11.

But Pacific salted the game away from the free throw line for the sixth-straight win.

Portland falls to 14-14 overall and 7-10 in West Coast Conference play. Luttinen was the lone Pilot in double-figure scoring with 13 points.  Portland shot 47 percent from the field, but attempted 21 fewer shots due to the rebound disparity.

Pacific will conclude the regular season on Saturday at 2 p.m. at No. 20 Gonzaga.