Women's Hoops Wins Fifth-Straight Over SMC

Women's Hoops Wins Fifth-Straight Over SMC

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team controlled throughout for a 61-48 win over Saint Mary's, the Tigers' fifth-straight win over the Gaels. Hailie Eackles scored 17 points to lead Pacific while Kendall Kenyon scored 12 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds for her 45th career double-double, a Tigers' program record. Kristina Johnson chipped in 10 points

Pacific forced 20 turnovers while committing just 12 in the contest as Pacific improves to 17-6 overall, 9-3 in West Coast Conference play. Saint Mary's falls to 16-7 on the year, and 9-3 in WCC action.
 
The Tigers grabbed 15 offensive boards in the game, and while the Gaels held a narrow edge in rebounds, at 38-37, the Tigers held Saint Mary's to 10 under their average rebound margin.

Saint Mary's ranked eighth in the NCAA in rebounding, at +11.5 per game. The Tigers, playing with a four-guard lineup and just one healthy true post player, entered the game at -4.5.

Pacific turned their 15 offensive boards into 15 second-chance points, and their 20 forced turnovers into 19 points.

On 19 made field goals, the Tigers handed out 16 assists, led by Unique Coleman with four, while Johnson and Madison Parrish each dished out three.

The Tigers trailed only briefly, for 36 seconds in the first half, and led the rest of the way. Kenyon tallied inside and Kristina Johnson added a three-pointer for an early 5-2 Pacific lead. Saint Mary's answered with a pair of free throws before Madison Parrish and Hailie Eackles hit back-to-back threes.

Najah Queenland finished inside to stretch the lead to 13-6. Kenyon tipped out a defensive rebound and found Eackles in transition as the Tigers led by seven, 17-10, with 10:21 to go in the first.

Claire Conricode and Hailie Eackles hit three-pointers, with Eackles drawing the foul. The free throw gave Pacific a 24-12 advantage with 8:05 to go in the half.

The Tigers held Saint Mary's scoreless for four minutes, and a Kenyon jumper stretched the lead to 31-16. Kenyon added another jumper while each team added a pair of free throws as Pacific led 35-20 at the half.

Pacific held Saint Mary's to 26 percent shooting in the first half (5-of-19) and forced 12 turnovers. The Tigers shot 12-of-32 (38 percent) in the first half, and hit 6-of-18 from three—point range.

Saint Mary's scored the first six points of the the second half as Pacific started 0-for-8 from the field. Eackles drove to the rim for the Tigers first field goal of the second half to restore a 12-point lead.

Najah Queenland and Shannon Mauldin traded jumpers before an Eackles three put Pacific up 14, at 49-35. with 9:52 left in the game.  Unique Coleman added a triple for the Tigers largest lead at 55-36 with 7:38 to play.

Kenyon beat the shot clock with a soft jumper from inches away as the Tigers maintained an 15-point advantage, and the closest the Gaels would get was 11 at the 1:39 mark before Eackles delivered the dagger with the shot clock winding down.

Pacific improves to 9-2 at home in the Spanos Center, where the Tigers will play four of their remaining six regular season games. The Tigers play host to San Diego Thursday at BYU next Saturday.