Women's Hoops With Fourth Straight, 64-47 over Santa Clara

Women's Hoops With Fourth Straight, 64-47 over Santa Clara

Stockton, Calif. - Shanice Butler scored a season-high 13 points with six rebounds and seven players scored seven or more points as the Pacific women's basketball team downed Santa Clara, 64-47, Thursday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Pacific won its fourth-straight game to improve to 15-10 overall, 10-5 in West Coast Conference play.

Kendall Kenyon scored nine points with nine rebounds before fouling out, Madison Parrish added eight and Kristina Johnson, Erin Butler, Hailie Eackles, and KiKi Moore each finished with seven points.

Moore handed out seven assists to go with six rebounds, as Pacific posted 18 assists on 23 field goals. Parrish finished with four helpers, while Eackles and Sam Pettinger posted three.

Kenyon posted back-to-back buckets and the Tigers opened up with a 9-0 lead. Nici Gilday scored five points for the Broncos as Santa Clara pulled within 11-8.

The Broncos took a 12-11 lead as the Tigers missed eight consecutive attempts.

But the Tigers added a 15-2 run as Parrish and Kristina Johnson knocked down three-pointers for a 18-14 Pacific advantage, and after a Shanice Butler lay-up, Sam Pettinger drained a triple and Butler tallied inside again for a 25-14 lead with 6:35 to go in the first.

Eackles and Johnson added lay-ups, while Shanice Butler scored inside and Erin Butler closed the half with a pair of free throws as Pacific took a 35-23 lead into the break. Nine different Tigers scored in the first half, and Pacific handed out eight assists on 12 field goals in the first frame. The Tigers held a 20-0 advantage in points off turnovers.

Moore found Kenyon in transition for a pair of fast-break lay-ups and Pettinger added a lay-in on the counter-attack for a 45-30 lead four minutes into the second half.

Eackles canned a three and Shanice Butler added three the old fashioned way as the Tigers lead swelled to 19, at 52-33 with 11:47 to go.

The Tigers took their largest lead at 59-35 with 10:30 to go on an Erin Butler three-pointer.

Parrish knocked down a three-pointer with 4:44 to go as the Tigers maintained a 64-42 lead. After the final media timeout, Pacific emptied the bench and ran out the clock for the squad's ninth win in 11 games.

Pacific finished with a sweep of the season series against Santa Clara, which falls to 8-19 overall and 4-11 in WCC play. The win secured a Pacific bye to the semifinals of the 10-team WCC Tournament as the Tigers are assured a top-six finish in the regular season standings.

Gilday led the Broncos with 15 points, as the game featured an uncharacteristic two players in double-figures, one per side.  

The Tigers wrap their home schedule on Saturday at 2 p.m. against San Francisco, with Pacific holding Senior Day prior to tip-off for Moore, Pettinger and Shanice Butler's final regular season home game.