Stockton, Calif. - Emily Simons scored a career-high 16 points and the Pacific women's basketball team shot 62 percent in the second half to cruise to a 98-67 season-opening win over Cal State Stanislaus Friday morning.
Erin Butler led the team with 20 points (her highest game total as a Tiger) and nine rebounds, while Kristina Johnson added a career-high eight assists to go with 11 points. Madison Parrish tallied 15 points with six assists, while Hailie Eackles scored nine points with five boards and three assists in 20 minutes.
Simons totaled four points in 28 minutes all of last season, but logged a 24 minutes and connected on 7-of-12 from the field to reach her career-best in points with 16. She grabbed five rebounds, which tied a career-high.
Pacific connected on 21-of-34 in the second half, and shot 48 percent for the game (35-of-73). The Tigers handed out 24 assists on their 35 field goals, and owned a 24-10 assist to turnover ratio.
The Tigers racked up 36 points from three point range, connecting on 12-of-27 from behind the arc. Butler hit 5-of-7 for the game from three-point range, and 7-of-11 from the field. Parrish added a pair of three pointers, as did Gena Johnson.
Marjorie Heard chipped in seven points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes of work.
The Tigers opened with a 3-0 lead on a triple from Parrish, who scored Pacific's first five points. The Warriors answered back to take a 7-6 lead with 16:33 to go in the first on a three-pointer from Camille Roberts. But back-to-back jumpers from Parrish gave the Tigers the lead for good. Gena Johnson's three-pointer with 3:34 to go in the first gave Pacific its largest lead of the half. But Roberts answered with a three-pointer and Cassidy Sanders-Curry hit a three-pointer to cut the Tigers lead to six.
With 35 seconds left in the first, Ana Burch brought the Warriors within five at 38-33, but Desire Finnie and Unique Coleman closed the half with free throws as the Tigers led 42-33 at the break.
Pacific opened the second half with a 18-6 run to seize control as the Tigers converted seven of their first 10 attempts of the half. Pacific poured it on, out-scoring the Warriors 34-14 in the first 11 minutes of the second half.
Butler's three-pointer with 3:46 to go put the Tigers up 30, at 90-60.
Sanders-Curry led the Warriors with 21 points, while Roberts added 14.
Pacific out-rebounded Cal State Stanislaus 43-34, and forced 19 turnovers leading to 19 points. The Tigers committed just 10 turnovers in the contest.
The Tigers move to 1-0 on the season, while the game will not count on the record of Cal State Stanislaus. Pacific has won nine in a row against the Warriors, dating back to 1977.
On Sunday at 4 p.m., Pacific faces California at the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Golden Bears are ranked No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today poll and No. 15 in the AP Top 25, and will be making their first appearance at the Spanos Center since 1984.