Women's Hoops Claims Road Win At Hawai'i

Women's Hoops Claims Road Win At Hawai'i

Honolulu, Hawai'i - Hailie Eackles scored 13 second-half points and Kendall Kenyon added 13 with 11 rebounds for her 37th career double-double as the Pacific women's basketball team posted a 69-61 win at Hawai'i Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Erin Butler added 11 points with a pair of three-pointers, while Kristina Johnson tallied nine points and Madison Parrish chipped in eight points with four assists.

Pacific improves to 5-2 on the year and becomes the first unranked team to defeat Hawai'i. The Rainbow Wahine fall to 4-4.

Kenyon's 37th career double-double puts her alone in second on the all-time double-double list at Pacific, seven shy of the Tigers' career record. She also moved into third on the Tigers' career rebounding list, and even 100 shy of the record with 858 career boards.

Shawna-Lei Kuehu led Hawai'i with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Ashleigh Karaitiana and Morgan Mason each added 10 points and eight boards.

Kenyon scored inside three times as Pacific took an early 8-6 lead. Tied at 8-8, Luaulu-Summers drained a three-pointer from the top of the key and posted a steal and lay-up for five-straight points and a 13-8 Pacific lead with 12:38 to go in the first.

Pacific built a seven-point lead as Claire Conricode added a three-pointer, but the Wahine whittled the margin down on a jumper from Destiny King.

Butler connected on a three-pointer for a 24-17 lead with 8:05 to go in the first, but Hawaii tallied twice from the free throw line and added a Kuehu lay-up to pull within one at 24-23. Butler hit another triple for a 29-25 lead, but Hawai'i scored the final six points of the half. Karaitiana hit a three-pointer and the Wahine added a free throw after three-straight whistles went against the Tigers.

Hawai'i led 31-29 at the break, as Pacific closed the half in a 1-for-10 shooting drought. Pacific shot 38 percent (11-of-29) in the frame, including 4-of-10 free three-point range, while Hawai'i shot 34 percent (11-of-32).

After Eackles and Morgan Mason traded baskets, Pacific reeled off seven-straight points for a 38-33 lead. Kenyon and Kristina Johnson posted buckets as the Tiger drew a pair of offensive fouls to hold Hawai'i to one basket in their first 11 possessions of the half.

Eackles drilled two-straight three pointers as the Tigers stretched the lead to 10, at 44-33, to cap a 15-6 run.

Hawai'i trimmed the gap to five, before Eackles' scored on a back-door cut, and Conricode struck again for a nine-point lead at 50-41 with 9:32 to go.

Johnson added a floater and a Parrish free throw stretched Pacific's lead to 10, at 55-45 with 6:45 remaining. Destiny King's jumper brought the Wahine tie within six, but Eackles answered back with another three-pointer with 5:01 remaining.

Kuehu posted a lay-up, but the Tigers' defense held Hawai'i at bat. Kenyon's free throws pushed the lead back up to nine, and while Hawai'i cut the gap to five at 61-56 with 1:14 to play on a three from Karaitiana, Butler and Johnson hit free throws and Unique Coleman posted a pair of steals defensively to slam the door. The Tigers hit seven of their final nine free throws to seal the win.

Pacific forced 18 turnovers leading to 19 points, while committing just 11 miscues to post the Tigers' first win at Hawai'i after 13 road defeats. Conricode finished with her six points on 2-of-2 shooting, logging 2:52 of playing time.

The Tigers are back in action on Friday, as Pacific plays host to Cal State Maritime at 7 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.