Pacific Explodes In Second Half For Win Over Pepperdine

Pacific Explodes In Second Half For Win Over Pepperdine

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team controlled the second half for a 77-60 win over Pepperdine Saturday behind a balanced attack at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Unique Coleman scored a season-high 15 points with a career-best seven assists while  Hailie Eackles added 15 points with four made threes. Madison Parrish scored 14 points with four assists, Kendall Kenyon posted a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Erin Butler drained three three-pointers for nine points.

Pacific (12-3) improves to 4-0 in West Coast Conference play. It is the fifth time the Tigers have started conference play 4-0, but the first in the WCC. Pepperdine falls to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the WCC.

Both teams finished shooting 46.4 percent, with identical 26-of-56 lines. But the Tigers held a 38-25 rebounding advantage, and shot 18 free throws to the Waves' four. Pacific also knocked down 9-of-20 three-pointers while the Waves connected on 5-of-13 from behind the arc.

The Tigers trailed by as many as 11 in the first half. Parrish put Pacific on top 7-4 with an early three, before Pepperdine reeled off a eight-straight points. Bria Richardson capped a 14-2 run by the Waves for a 18-9 lead with 12:40 to go.

Butler drilled a three-pointer and posted a steal to set up an Eackles three-pointer while being fouled. The and-one brought Pacific back to within two at 18-16. Eackles added a three but Ea Shoushtari, Kim Jacobs and Allie Green each hit three-pointers for the Waves, as the Tigers trailed 32-21 with 6:46 left in the half.

Kristina Johnson drove to the rim, and Eackles connected from deep yet again before the Tigers pounded the ball inside. Kenyon scored underneath and Johnson and Coleman added drives to bring the Tigers within 34-32. Johnson took it to the rack again to even things at 34-34.

Green and Parrish traded buckets and a Kenyon lay-up tied the game at 38-38 headed into the half. Pacific shot 51 percent in the first half, while Pepperdine converted at 55 percent.

Pepperdine posted the first two buckets of the second half, but the Tigers roared back as Butler and Parrish hit three-pointers to tie the game at 44-44.

Kenyon scored inside and Eackles added another three-pointer. After a steal and lay-in by for GeAnna Luaulu-Summers, the Tigers led 53-44 to cap a 15-2 run.

Pepperdine came within five on a lay-up from Keitra Wallace, but Emily Simons grabbed a high pass into the post, spun and finished. After a defensive stop and a Coleman and-one, the Tigers led by double-digits the rest of the way.

Coleman and Kenyon added lay-ups as the Tigers outscored the Waves 24-4 over a 10:45 to seize control, 62-48.

The Tigers attacked the rim the rest of the game, scoring 11 of their final 13 points from the free throw line, with Madison Parrish's and-one accounting for the lone field goal.

Both teams took care of the ball, as Pacific committed just 10 turnovers and Pepperdine committed just eight. Pacific has forced an average of over 20 turnovers per game over the last 80 games. The last time Pacific forced only eight turnovers was in 2009 against UC Riverside (Feb. 5), 183 games ago.

Pacific will face Saint Mary's next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Moraga.