Women's Hoops Wears Down Iona, 64-49

Women's Hoops Wears Down Iona, 64-49

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team forced 21 turnovers en route to a 64-49 win over Iona Sunday at the Alex G. Spanos Center. Erin Butler and Kendall Kenyon each posted 16 points for Pacific, while Madison Parrish added 15.

Kenyon posted her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Parrish added six assists and hit 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Butler connected on four three-pointers and Unique Coleman sparked the defense with a career-high five steals and a career-high tying eight rebounds.

The Tigers closed the first half with an 18-3 run to seize control, and took care of the ball down the stretch with just three turnovers in the final 13:25 of regulation.

Pacific improves to 3-1 on the season after posting back-to-back wins over teams that advanced to the post-season a year ago. The Tigers defeated WNIT squad Montana (23-11) in 2013-14) Friday. Iona, which went to 26-6 with a WNIT appearance last season, open this season at 1-3.

Pacific opened the game with a 13-2 start, before going cold from the field. Iona answered with a 18-2 run of their own as the Tigers missed 12 straight shots. Down 20-15, Pacific closed the half with a 18-3 run  to take a 10-point lead into halftime.

Pacific held Iona to 29 percent shooting in the first half, and carried a 33-23 lead at intermission despite hitting just 1-of-7 three-point attempts in the half. The Tigers committed 11 turnovers in the first half, but forced 16 leading to 19 points.

In the second half, Butler opened the second half with a three-pointer, and the Tigers took a 14-point lead at 39-25 with 15:15 left on a pair of free throws with Hailie Eackles.

Iona's Damika Martinez hit back-to-back jumpers to cut the gap to eight, at 42-34 with 10:37 left, but Kenyon scored converted a lay-up on the other end, and Coleman drove the lane to restore a 12-point lead.

Kristina Johnson's jumper in the paint gave Pacific a 15-point lead, with 6:07 to play and the Tigers went into to salt-away mode, running the play clock down on each possession. Butler added another three-pointer with 3:05 remaining as Pacific led 59-43. Iona refused to go away, but Butler provided the dagger, a triple with the shot clock dwindling with 1:46 remaining to put the game out of reach at 62-47.

Martinez went off in the final 11 minutes, scoring 13 points to finish with 21 total for the game. Marina Lizarazu added 13 points. The Tigers held one of Iona's "mid-major" All-Americans, Joy Adams, to three points. Adams led the Gaels with 11 rebounds.

The Tigers are off until Saturday, when Pacific travels to UC Davis for a 4:30 p.m. road contest.