Women's Hoops Cruises In Exhibition Win, 84-66

photo by Keith Sanpei
photo by Keith Sanpei

Stockton, Calif. - Senior guard Madison Parrish finished with 10 points and seven assists while freshman guard GeAnna Luaulu-Summers scored 16 points on seven-of-nine from the field as the Pacific women's basketball team posted an 84-66 exhibition win over San Francisco State Saturday night. Senior forward Marjorie Heard added 14 points while redshirt junior guard Hailie Eackles chipped in 11.

But the story of the night was the return to the court by redshirt senior guard Gena Johnson. After 16 months of rehab following an off-season auto-accident in June of 2013, Johnson returned for two stints totaling 12 minutes as she finished with two points and four assists. Johnson checked in at the 11:36 mark of the first half to a large ovation. She posted an assist on a lay-up by Luaulu-Summers and brought the crowd to its feet when she let her first three-point attempt fly. But the attempt was just a bit long off the back iron. In the second half, Johnson checked in at the 9:08 mark, and following a turnover at mid-court, she accepted a fast-break pass from Unique Coleman laid it up and in at the 8:33 mark, as the crowd broke into a chant of her name.

Johnson posted four of the Tigers' 23 assists as the Tigers shared the ball with 23 dimes on 36 made field goals. Pacific shot 54 percent for the game (36-of-67).

The Tigers totaled 60 points in the paint, and 37 points off of 31 forced turnovers. Pacific posted 18 steals in the game, including four each by Eackles and Kristina Johnson.

Heard finished seven-of-eight from the field, while Erin Butler added eight points on four-of-six shooting. Emily Simons added four points and four rebounds, while Coleman and Desire Finnie each tallied four points. Claire Conricode finished with three points on one made trey. Of Pacific's 12 dressed players, 11 scored, while Najah Queenland added three boards.

Jasmine Flanigan led San Francisco State with 29 points while Leticia Galarza and Michelle Sutton each scored 11.

Pacific opened with a 13-0 lead as Marjorie Heard hit a pair of buckets in the paint, and Luaulu-Summers and Hailie Eackles each hit three pointers. Unique Coleman and Emily Simons recorded lay-ups as the Tigers stretched the lea to 17-3.

The Tigers led 21-9 following a jumper by Desire Finnie, and Finnie checked out for Gena Johnson.

Kristina Johnson knocked down a jumper, and Gena Johnson set up a Luaulu-Summers lay-up as the Tigers led 25-13 with 9:17 to go in the first. Heard scored on a put-back as Pacific maintained a lead of a dozen.

Madison Parrish drained a three-pointer, and after Luaulu-Summers struck again, Claire Conricode added a three to put Pacific up 20, at 35-15.

A pair of three-pointers brought the Gators within 14 before Erin Butler scored on a lay-up. Kristina Johnson added a free throw as Pacific carried a 44-27 lead into halftime.

The Tigers shot 60 percent from the field in the first half, as 10 of the 12 Tigers in action got into the scoring column.

In the second half, the Gators pressed early and forced back-to-back turnovers to cut the lead to 44-31. But Kristina Johnson finished while being fouled, and after a Butler steal, Eackles finished for a 49-33 lead.

Parrish knocked down a three-pointer, and Butler finished a fast-break feed from Eackles as the Tigers surged ahead 58-35 with 13:23 to play.

Luaulu-Summers added a three for a 24-point lead, at 61-37, but the Gators scored five-straight points before Finnie drove for a lay-up and Coleman added a lay-up for a 65-47 lead.

Gena Johnson then posted her lay-in to put the lead back up to 20 at 67-47 before Kristina Johnson added a lay-up. Back-to-back jumpers by Heard pushed Pacific's lead to 75-52 with 6:02 to play.

Eackles added a three-point play and the Tigers took their largest lead at 82-56 on Heard's fade-away jumper with 3:43 left.

The Tigers open the regular season with a Friday matinee, Nov. 14, against Cal State Stanislaus at 11 a.m. at the Spanos Center on Education Day.