Los Angeles, Calif. - Kristina Johnson posted her first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 12 assists as the Pacific women's basketball team blew out Loyola Marymount Saturday, 84-61.
Hailie Eackles added 17 points while Kendall Kenyon posted 16 with seven rebounds.
Madison Parrish posted 11 points with five rebounds, while Najah Queenland posted career-highs with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Pacific put together a 24-6 run spanning halftime, to seize control and led by as many as 30.
The Tigers handed out 24 assists on 31 field goals to improve to 16-6 overall and 8-3 in West Coast Conference play.
Loyola Marymount falls to 3-19 overall, 1-9 in WCC action.
Eackles canned a three-pointer to open the scoring, and Kenyon added a baseline jumper before LMU responded with a pair of jumpers.
Kristina Johnson drove and hit the pull-up for a 7-4 lead, and Kenyon added a soft baseline jumper for an 11-6 advantage. However the Tigers committed turnovers on three straight possessions as LMU answered with a 6-0 run to take the lead.
After a pair of free throws from Desire Finnie, and a lay-in from Najah Queenland, Leslie Lopez Wood and GeAnna Luaulu-Summers traded jumpers.
Finnie knocked down a three-pointer and off a turnover, Parrish added a three in transition for a 25-20 lead with 7:54 to go in the first.
Eackles knocked down a jumper while being knocked down, and Parrish added a three-pointer, but Emily Ben-Jumbo drove for LMU to cut the Tigers'l lead to 30-27.
Johnson finished with the finger roll, while Parrish and Eackles drilled threes as Pacific closed the half with a 12-0 run for a 42-27 lead at halftime.
Eackles led all scorers at the break with 12 points, while Parrish added nine. The Tigers shot 48 percent in the first half (14-of-29). Pacific posted 12 assists on 14 field goals.
Kenyon opened the second half with a lay-up inside. Eackles added another triple, and Claire Conricode rattled home a three-pointer for a 21-point advantage.
The Tigers hit five of their first eight shots in the half.
Luaulu-Summers scored in transition and Queenland found Emily Simons on a slip to the bucket for a 63-40 lead with 11:05 to play.
The Tigers took a 25-point lead on a put-back from Queenland. Kenyon's lay-up with 7:12 to go made the score 72-42 for Pacific's largest lead.
Pacific ran down the clock to post a road win for the seventh time this season.
Pacific forced 21 LMU turnovers, leading to 26 Tiger points. The Tigers committed just 13 miscues themselves. Pacific also owned a 36-20 edge in points in the paint.
Johnson's double-double was the first of her career, and the first points-assist double-double by a Tiger since Erica McKenzie in 2011 against UC Davis. Johnson was the first Pacific play to record 12 assists in a game since 1996, when Tina Miteko handed out a dozen against UC Irvine.
Emily Ben-Jumbo and Leslie Lopez-Wood led the Lions with 10 points each.
The Tigers will return home to face Saint Mary's next Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Women's Hoops Rolls To 84-61 Win At LMU
|Pacific (16-6, 8-3 WCC)||42||42||84|
|Loyola Marymount (3-19, 1-9 WCC)||27||34||61|
Jan 31, 2015