Women's Hoops Goes Cold In Second Half Against BYU

Women's Hoops Goes Cold In Second Half Against BYU

Stockton, Calif. - After averaging 47.5 second-half points in the first four games of a five-game homestead, Pacific tallied just 24 in the second half against BYU as the Cougars pulled away for an 88-57 win in the Spanos Center.

KiKi Moore led Pacific with 17 points while Kendall Kenyon added 13 points and eight rebounds. Madison Parrish added 10 points and tied her career-high with five steals.

Of the 40 fouls called in the game, only five were called on the post players, allowing BYU 6-7 center Jennifer Hamson to have her way inside. Hamson finished with 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to go with seven blocks. BYU outscored Pacific in the paint 44-16 and out-rebounded the Tigers 39-27.  Morgan Bailey added 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting, Lexi Eaton chipped in 19 points and Kim Beeston finished with 15.

Pacific falls to 11-10 overall, 6-5 in the WCC while BYU improves to 17-5 overall and 7-4 in the West Coast. The Cougars avenge a 75-62 Pacific win in Provo on Jan. 2.

BYU opened to a 14-7 lead by hitting six of their first nine shots before Moore knocked down a three-pointer. But BYU went on a 13-3 run, as the Tigers had a 1-for-10 field goal stretch before Erin Butler drained a three.

Eackles drove to the rim for a bucket, but the Cougars maintained an 11-point advantage. Hamson posted back-to-back lay-ins as the Cougars lead swelled to 18 at 37-19.

But the Tigers answered with an inside bucket from Kenyon and free throws from Butler and Moore for six-straight points. Parrish beat the shot clock with a jumper and added a three-pointer as Pacific closed the half with a 13-6 run to pull back to within 10.

The Cougars shot 50 percent in the first half, while the Tigers shot 39 percent. Pacific only recorded four points off turnovers -- normally a staple of the Tigers offense - as Pacific forced a mere five BYU first-half turnovers.

Parrish drained a three from the top of the key to cut the gap to seven early in the second half. But Kim Beeston answered with a pair of three-pointers for the Cougars which curbed the Tigers' momentum.

Kenyon posted a lay-up but the Tigers would get no closer than 11, at 51-40, as Pacific went 13:37 between field goal makes. The Tigers did connivery 14-of-17 free throws in the second half, as they drove to the rim and tried to score with the clock off or get Hamson into foul trouble. But six of Hamson's seven blocks came with the Tigers trying to play catch up.

The Cougars hit seven of their first 10 attempts in the second half. The Tigers connected on just four-of-28 from the field in the second half (14 percent).

After hitting 13-of-27 three-point attempts in a win at BYU, the Tigers connected on 5-of-21 from long range Saturday (24 percent).

The Tigers face Saint Mary's next Saturday at 1 p.m. and will go for the season-sweep of the Gaels after a 91-80 win last Saturday.