Women's Hoops Stymies Cal Maritime, 70-23

Women's Hoops Stymies Cal Maritime, 70-23

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team smothered California Maritime Academy, 70-23, Friday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center in one of the top defensive efforts in program history. Kendall Kenyon posted her 38th double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds. She also blocked five shots and added four steals.

Emily Simons added 12 points without missing a shot, and tied her career-high with six rebounds. Unique Coleman recorded six steals and added eight points, four rebounds and four assists.

GeAnna Luaulu-Summers scored a career-high nine points, while Desire Finnie tied her career best with eight. Hailie Eackles and Gena Johnson each posted six points.

The Tigers held Cal Maritime to 10 points in the first half, 13 in the second. The 23 points allowed was the second best mark for fewest points allowed in program history, behind only the 13 Pacific held Cal State Stanislaus to in a 105-13 victory on December 28, 1978.

Pacific forced 28 turnovers along the way. Pacific posted 20 steals and 10 blocks, and held the Keelhaulers to 21 percent shooting for the game (10-for-47).

The Tigers improve to 6-2 on the year, while Cal Maritime falls to 5-4.

Pacific held the Keelhaulers to one field goal on their first 12 shots and forced five turnovers to build a 17-2 lead. Emily Simons scored a pair of inside buckets while Hailie Eackles converted a pair of lay-ins before a triple from Erin Butler.

Kenyon scored seven-straight points for Pacific, as the Tigers stretched the lead to 29-10. Unique Coleman and Emily Simons each posted back-to-back baskets inside as the Tigers closed the half with a 12-0 run and carried a 37-10 lead into half.

Pacific's 10 points allowed was the third-best defensive half in program history, surpassed only by the nine second-half points and four first-half points allowed to Cal State Stanislaus.

The Tigers held the Keelhaulers to 5-of-24 from the field (21 percent), while forcing 13 turnovers via 11 steals. Pacific hit 17-of-40 from the field (43 percent) and tallied 28 points in the paint.

In the second half, GeAnna Luaulu-Summers posted five points as the Tigers stretched the lead to 34 at 51-17 with 12:31 to go. The Tigers held Maritime without a field goal for almost eight minutes, leading 63-17 with five minutes to play.

Gena Johnson's second three-pointer of the night gave the Tigers their largest lead at 70-21 with 21 seconds left, and the Keelhaulers' Kedina Monroe posted a lay-up at the buzzer for the final margin.

The Tigers will face Utah State at home on Tuesday at 7 p.m.