Women's Hoops Rallies Past Utah State, 70-62

Women's Hoops Rallies Past Utah State, 70-62

Stockton, Calif. - Pacific used a 21-4 run over six minutes in the second half to erase a 12-point deficit and defeat Utah State, 70-62, in a non-conference women's basketball match-up. Kendall Kenyon finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine boards.

Unique Coleman added 12 points with four steals, while Madison Parrish handed out seven assists to go with 10 points.  Kristina Johnson pulled in a career-best eight rebounds and finished with six points. Hailie Eackles chipped in eight points.

Pacific won its fourth-straight game to improve to 7-2 on the season. The Tigers overcame a rough shooting night, as they converted 19-of-60 from the field (32 percent) and just 3-of-25 (12 percent) from behind the three-point line.

Down 12 at the break, Pacific outscored the Aggies 47-27 in the second half and led by as many as 12 in the second.

The Aggies struck first, as Hannah Hutchins posted a lay-up to open the scoring. Unique Coleman put Pacific on the board with a drive through traffic and a right-handed finish. GeAnna Luaulu-Summers tied the game at 4-4 with a jumper.

After four points from Utah State, Kenyon tallied inside. The Tigers suffered a shooting drought, as Parrish and Coleman each hit a pair of free throws but the Tigers hit just three of their first 20 attempts as Utah State led 17-10 with 7:19 to go in the first.

Hailie Eackles ended the scoring drought with a soft floater and Coleman followed with a strip and steal to bring Pacific within 19-14.

Funda Nakkasoglu hit four free throws for the Aggies, pushing Utah State's lead to 27-14.

Kenyon and Eackles each posted buckets inside, but the Aggies kept converting from the free throw line. Kristina Johnson drove for a lay-in, but the Aggies added another pair of throws to take a 35-23 lead into halftime.

In the first half, Utah State converted 19-of-19 from the line. The Tigers held Utah State to 29 percent shooting (8-of-27), but mustered only 24 percent on offense (8-of-33), including 0-of-14 from three-point range.

Kenyon finished with an and-one to open the half, and Erin Butler took the lid of the bucket from deep. Kenyon finished a slick feed from Parrish as the Tigers pulled within 37-31.

Parrish drove the lane and scored amid traffic to cap a 7-0 run and bring the Tigers to within four at 37-33.

Eackles and Coleman combined for five free throws as the Tigers closed the Aggies' lead to 41-38 with 13:00 to go. But Nakkasonglu answered with a pull-up jumper.

Coleman's driving lay-up shaved Utah State's lead to one at 43-42, with 10:21 to play.

Claire Conricode tied the game at 45-45 with a three-pointer with 8:48 to go.

Johnson stepped to the stripe and gave the Tigers their first lead of the night with a pair of free throws. Kenyon added four free throws and Johnson added a free throw and an assist on a Butler lay-up. Coleman added a lay-in to cap a 23-4 run and give Pacific a 56-45 edge.

Butler chipped in a three-pointer but Hutchins converted a three-point play for Utah State.

Utah State trimmed the Tigers lead to nine with two minutes remaining. A bucket from Mariah Miles cut the gap to six at 63-57 with 1:15 to go.

Parrish and Hutchins each traded a pair of free throws, and the Tigers posted a defense stop. After a pair of Eackles throws, and a three from Utah State's Franny Vaaulu, Parrish settled on the final margin with a free throw.

The Aggies hit 22-straight free throws to start the game before back-to-back misses and a 27-for-31 performance.

Pacific forced 27 turnovers to knock Utah State to 3-7 on the season.

The Tigers will head to Long Beach for a pair of games, first a neutral site contest against New Mexico State on Friday, at 7 p.m., before taking on former Big West foe Long Beach State on Saturday at 5 p.m.