Women's Basketball Pounces On Montana, 62-50

Women's Basketball Pounces On Montana, 62-50

Stockton, Calif. - Sparked by a 26-1 run, the Pacific women's basketball team downed Montana, 62-52, Friday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center. Madison Parrish scored 14 points while Hailie Eackles added 10. Kendall Kenyon chipped in seven points with 11 rebounds in her return, and Erin Butler knocked down a trio of three-pointer for nine points.

Ten Pacific players scored in the contest, as Claire Conricode added six points while Unique Coleman tallied six with a career-high eight rebounds.

Pacific used a 26-1 run from the final four minutes of the first half into the second half, over a total of 9:30 of game time. The Tigers turned a 25-21 deficit into a 47-26 lead. Pacific coasted home to improve to 2-1 on the season.  Montana falls to 1-1.

The Tigers opened with the first bucket by Hailie Eackles, but Kayleigh Valley answered with a three-pointer for the Grizzlies. Claire Conricode and Maddison Parrish hit threes for an 8-7 Pacific lead.  Both teams cooled off as the Tigers held Montana to one field goal on their next eight attempts. Gena Johnson connected fora three-pointer and a 13-9 lead with 11:58 to play in the half.

Desire Finnie finished a move to the rim, but Montana's Mekayla Isaak hit a jumper for the lead. Kenyon scored on the break to knot the game at 18-18 with 7:59 left in the first. Erin Butler's three-pointer tied the game again at 21-21. After back-to-back Montana baskets, Unique Coleman crashed the glass and put-back an offense rebound.

Pacific forced seven turnovers in the final 3:58 of the half, ending the period with a 9-0 run. Kristina Johnson's jumper in the paint gave Pacific a 26-25 lead and Parrish posted a lay-up inside as the Tigers took a 30-25 lead into the break.

Pacific forced 10 turnovers for the half, and held a 7-2 edge in points of turnovers. Ten different Tigers scored in the first period, led by Madison Parrish's eight points.

In the second half, Pacific opened with 17 of the first 18 points in the half, for a 26-1 run in total that stretched 9:30 with the halftime break in the middle. Conricode drained a three-pointer to give Pacific a 47-26 lead.

Montana broke the slide with a three by Hannah Doran. The Tigers maintained a double-digit lead as Coleman hit a lay-up. A three-pointer from the Grizzlies Maggie Rickman pulled Montana within 16, at 58-42, with 5:41 to play, but Kenyon scored inside on the other end.

The Grizzlies were led by 10 points each from Kellie Rubel and Shanae Gilham.

The Tigers posted a 47-41 rebounding edge, and a 28-18 advantage in points in the paint.

Pacific forced 15 total turnovers for 12 points, but eight of the miscues came during the Tigers big run.

The Tigers are back in action against Iona on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Spanos Center.