Women's Basketball Nipped By Gonzaga

photo by KeithSanpeiPhoto.com
photo by KeithSanpeiPhoto.com

Stockton, Calif. - Unique Coleman scored a career-high 19 points while Kendall Kenyon posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, but the Pacific women's basketball team fell to Gonzaga, 73-63, Saturday.

The Tigers' (14-6, 6-2 WCC) seven-game home-court win streak was snapped while Gonzaga (16-4) remained undefeated in WCC play at 9-0.

Kenyon's double-double was her ninth of the season and 44th of her career, tying Pacific's all-time record. She also grabbed her 1,000th career rebound, holding Pacific's all-time record with 1,007.

Madison Parrish added 13 points with a pair of assists, while GeAnna Luaulu-Summers added 13 points on 3-of-5 from three-point range.

The Tigers forced 21 turnovers leading to 18 points and were entrenched in a tight battle with the Bulldogs, trading the lead 16 times until a 19-4 run midway through the second half by Gonzaga.

The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Tigers 49-25, and shot 47 percent (25-of-53) for the game. Pacific shot 36 percent (23-of-64) for the game, but just 27 percent (6-of-22) from three-point range. On the year, the Tigers are shooting 36 percent from deep in wins, and 26 percent from three-point range in losses.

Kenyon posted a pair of lay-ups inside, before a three-pointer from Luaulu-Summers gave Pacific a 10-8 lead. Ellie Tinkle responded with a three-pointer for Gonzaga.

Kristina Johnson hit a jumper from the paint for a 14-13 lead just under 10 minutes in, but the Bulldogs answered with a put-back from Sunny Greinacher.

Unique Coleman drove to the rim and finished amid traffic, and then repeated the feat while being fouled to bring Pacific within 21-20. Eackles put the Tigers up 22-21 with a jumper in the paint.

Gonzaga hit three free throws for the lead, before Luaulu-Summers canned a triple from the corner. Madison Parrish added a three from the wing as the Tigers took a 28-26 lea with 3:47 to play in the first.

Keani Albanez knocked down a three for Gonzaga before a three-point play from Coleman. Albanez responded with another three for a 32-21 Gonzaga lead before Coleman's free throws put Pacific back in front.

Coleman added a pair of blocked shots before the half, but Gonzaga picked up a pair of free throws by Emma Stach for a 34-33 halftime lead.

Pacific forced eight first-half turnovers while committing just three to help offset a shooting advantage by Gonzaga of 46 percent (13-of-28) to 38 percent (13-of-34).

Tinkle led all scorers with 11 points at the break, while Coleman posted 10 for Pacific. Kenyon grabbed eight rebounds in the first half to go with six points.

Kenyon opened the second half with a lay-up off the glass, but Greinacher answered with a jumper.

Coleman answered a Greinacher lay-in with a drive to the rim as Pacific was down one, 40-39 with 15:28 to go. But Gonzaga reeled off a 19-4 run to seize control.

Greinacher added a pair of free throws and Emma Wolfram tallied inside. A three from Shaniqua Nilles stretched Gonzaga's run to 7-0 before Coleman scored inside. Wolfram finished inside and drew a foul as the Bulldogs pulled out to a 52-41 lead lead with 11:12 to go.

Gonzaga built a 17-point lead, getting to the bonus while the Tigers had drawn just one foul.

A three-pointer play from Parrish and drive by Luaulu-Summers cut the Tigers deficit to a dozen. Coleman added a three-pointer for an 8-0 Tigers run. Luaulu-Summers and Parrish added three pointers as the Tigers reeled off a 14-2 run to cut the gap to 62-57 before Georgia Stirton answered with a three for Gonzaga.

Stach hit a three-pointer with the shot clock dwindling to put Gonzaga back up 10 with 5:04 remaining. Each team added free throws as Gonzaga maintained a 70-60 lead with 2:01 to play.

Coleman hit a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to eight, but Gonzaga closed out the game from the free throw line.

Greinacher led Gonzaga with 16 points, while Tinkle posted 15 points with 11 rebounds. Wolfram ended with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who have won 10 in a row.

Pacific will head south for road games at Pepperdine (Thursday, 7 p.m.) and Loyola Marymount (Saturday, 2 p.m.).