USF Stuns Women's Hoops On Senior Day

USF Stuns Women's Hoops On Senior Day

Stockton, Calif. - The San Francisco Dons shot nearly 60 percent from the field and turned the tables on a Pacific for a 91-79 win at the Spanos Center, spoiling Pacific women's basketball senior day Saturday. Desire Finnie scored a career-high 17 points, while Madison Parrish aded 15 points and six assists. Hailie Eackles posted 14 points with three assists.

The Tigers entered the game 12th in the NCAA in turnover margin, forcing over six more than their opponents, but USF committed just 11 turnovers and forced 16 Pacific miscues, leading to 21 points. Pacific averaged 19 points off opponent turnovers entering the game, but picked up just nine off USF turnovers.

USF converted 33-of-57 from the field to shoot 57.9 percent for the day. Taylor Proctor scored a game-high 26 points, one of five Dons in double-figures.

The Tigers fall to 21-8 overall, 13-5 in WCC play. The Tigers finish tied for third in the West Coast Conference with Saint Mary's, but will be the three seed, holding the tie-breaker.

Finnie connected on 7-of-10 from the field, whie Parrish drilled four three-pointers in the contest.

San Francisco improves to 17-12 overall, 8-10 in WCC action. In addition to Proctor's 26, Paige Spietz and Zhane Dikes each scored 15 while Taj Winston added 14 and Michaela Rakova 11.

USF opened with the first three buckets of the game. Pacific fell behind 8-0. The Tigers missed their first eight shots before Desire Finnie's putback and a three from Parrish.

Eackles drained a wide-open three, but Michaela Rakova scored in transition and completed a three-point play for a 13-8 USF lead with 13:46 to go in the first. Najah Queenland crashed the boards for a put-back and after forcing a turnover, GeAnna Luaulu-Summers hit a three to tie the game at 13-13.

Eackles and Kristina Johnson hit three-pointers for a 19-17 advantage, but Taj Winston posted a steal and run-out lay-up. Eackles added a four-point play to bring the Tigers within 26-25, and Emily Simons added an and-one and Finnie's lay-up put Pacific on top, 30-29.

Parrish responded with a triple for the lead before a bucket inside from Taylor Proctor. Finnie answered back with a three to give the Tigers a 36-33 lead with 3:19 to go in the first.

Queenland scored while being fouled, but the Dons answered with a pair of baskets inside and added a pair of free throws for a 41-40 lead at the half. USF shot 65 percent in the first half (17-of-26), while the Tigers converted at 48 percent (15-of-31). Pacific committed 10 first-half turnovers, while forcing seven.

Kristina Johnson opened the second half with a jumper for the lead, but Taj Winston scored on the other end.

The Dons stretched the lead to 53-48 before a Parrish three-pointer. But Rakova answered with a put-back for USF. Finnie scored two lay-ups in transitions of steals to knot the game at 55-55.

Aundrea Gordon hit a three for USF, but Finnie found Kenyon inside for a bucket and a 59-58 lead with 11:36 to go. After a pair of USF free throws, Finnie hit a three-pointer, but Gordon struck for the Dons and Winston scored inside for a 65-64 USF lead.

The Dons took a 69-64 lead before Parrish connected on a triple. Winston answered with a USF lay-up as the Dons led by four, 71-67 with 6:21 to play.

Queenland finished amid a pileup in the paint, but the Dons took a 77-70 lead with 4:45 to go on a jumper by Zhane Dikes. Kenyon scored inside, but Paige Spietz answered with a jumper.

USF took their largest lead with 3:20 to play at 81-72 on a baseline jumper from Rakova. Eackles hit a trio of free throws as the Tigers trailed by 10, 85-75, with 1:56 to play. The Tigers came up empty on the offensive end and USF ran out the clock to knock off Pacific.

The Tigers honored its winningest class in program history after the game, as Claire Conricode, Marjorie Heard, Gena Johnson, Kristina Johnson, Kendall Kenyon and Madison Parrish played their final regular season home games in a Tiger uniform.

Pacific will square off against the Dons in Las Vegas in the quarterfinals, at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Orleans Arena.