Big Second Half Propels Women's Hoops Over San Diego, 80-70

Big Second Half Propels Women's Hoops Over San Diego, 80-70

Stockton, Calif. -  The Pacific women's basketball team erased a 15-point deficit and closed the game with a 17-2 run for a 80-70 win over San Diego Thursday. KiKi Moore and Kendall Kenyon each tallied double-doubles and Pacific had five scorers in double-figures as the Tigers handed USD their third loss of the season.

Moore finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals for her second double-double of the year. Kenyon posted 10 points with 13 rebounds for her 13th double-double and set Pacific's career blocks record by rejecting a pair of shots for 109 in her career.

Madison Parrish added 14 points and a career-high eight rebounds, while Hailie Eackles turned in 12 points and five boards and Erin Butler chipped in 10 points and five boards.

The Tigers won their fifth game in the last six outings to improve to 11-9 overall and 6-4 in the West Coast, while USD falls to 18-3 overall, 7-3 in WCC play.

San Diego had four in double-figures, led by Sophia Ederaine with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Malina Hood posted 14 points, while Amy Kame added 12 and Alysse Barlow 11.

Pacific out-scored San Diego 43-25 in the second half, and out-rebounded the Toreros 28-14 in the final 20 minutes. In the first meeting between the two teams, Pacific erased a 21-point deficit -- including a 15-point halftime gap -- to force overtime. In the two second halves against USD, the Tigers out-scored the Toreros 88-50.

San Diego opened with a 10-3 lead, as the Tigers hit one of their first six shots.  Eackles drove to the rim for a bucket, posted a steal, and drove again. Erin Butler's three-pointer tied the game at 10-10.

Kenyon posted a pair of blocks in the first six minutes, with the second on Sophia Ederaine's jumper the 109th career.

Moore finished while being fouled and the free throw gave the Tigers a 15-12 lead. San Diego answered with five-straight points before Sam Pettinger drained a triple. Eackles connected on another three to tie the game at 23-23 with 9:56 remaining in the first.

But the Toreros reeled off 10-straight points before Parrish knocked down a three-pointer. Kame and Moore traded lay-ups, but Ederaine hit a pair of jumpers from the paint as USD capped a 20-5 run for a 43-28 lead.

The Tigers forced a pair of turnovers, Moore hit a three-pointer and Shanice Butler and Erin Butler added free throws as Pacific answered and cut the gap to 43-34. Moore drove to the rack and each team converted from the free throw line in the final minute of the half. San Diego carried a 45-37 lead into the break, as the Toreros shot 61 percent from the field. Pacific shot 32 percent, but hit 5-of-11 three-pointers and turned nine USD turnovers into 14 points to stay within striking distance.

Pacific scored the first four points of the second half, and stretched the run to 19-6. Malina Hood hit a three-pointer to slow the Tigers momentum. Moore drove the the rim forcing Ederaine to pick up her fourth foul with 17:23 remaining. The ensuing free throws cut the USD lead to five, and Erin Butler drained a trey to bring the Tigers within 49-47.

Moore brought Pacific back to level with a drive to the rack, and Butler's third three-pointer of the game put Pacific up 54-51. Marjorie Heard added a lay-up, but Katherine Hamilton answered with a jumper for USD.

Hood leaned in and drew contact on a three-pointer to tie the game with a four-point play, 63-63 with 8:16 to play. Hood's three-pointer gave San Diego a five-point lead with 6:43 remaining at 68-63.

But the Tigers pounced, as Moore scored on back-to-back drives and Kenyon hit a free throw and a hook-shot for a 70-68 lead with 4:31 to go. Alysse Barlow answered on the other end for the Toreros, but it was the only field goal for USD in the final 6:43.

The Tigers held San Diego to 1-of-8 shooting with five turnovers in the 17-2 run to end the game, and hit 10 straight crunch-time free throws.

Pacific is back in action on Saturday, as the Tigers face BYU at 2 p.m. in the Spanos Center. Pacific downed BYU 75-62 in Provo, to start the Tigers' run of six wins in eight games.