Women's Hoops Warms Up With Win Over Sonoma State

Women's Hoops Warms Up With Win Over Sonoma State

Stockton, Calif. - It took nearly two quarters to get acclimated, but the Pacific women's basketball team hit its stride late in a 63-51 exhibition win over Sonoma State on Saturday.

Erin Butler scored 15 points on five made three-pointers while Emily Simons added 13 on 6-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds. Hailie Eackles chipped in nine points with three assists and four steals while Najah Queenland led all rebounders with 11 boards to go with six points.

GeAnna Luaulu-Summers handed out seven assists for Pacific.

Pacific trailed 25-17 late in the second quarter, but unloaded a 20-1 run over 3:36 spanning halftime and shot 42 percent in the second half.

The Tigers connected on 14-of-34 in the second half, and 21-of-62 for the game (34 percent).

Pacific held Sonoma State to just 24 in the second half, outscoring the Seawolves 40-24 in the final 20 minutes. Pacific's defense forced 30 turnovers and posted 17 steals.

Sonoma State opened the scoring with a jumper from Taylor Todd before Butler drained a three-pointer. A three-pointer from the Seawolves' Kylie Kiech provided a 7-3 lead early before back-to-back buckets inside from Queenland and Lopez Sagrera.

Luaulu-Summers added a triple, and the Tigers posted fast-break buckets from Finnie inside and Butler for three for a 15-12 lead.

Jerrica Crosby posted a pair of jumpers before the end of the first quarter for a 16-15 lead.

In the second, the Tigers went cold from the field, as Sonoma State built a 27-15 lead. Pacific missed 17 straight shots from the field.

Pacific drove to the rim and picked up five points from the free throw line before Unique Coleman found Emily Simons inside for a lay-up.

The Tigers closed the quarter with an 8-0 to cut the gap to 27-23 at halftime.

Pacific shot 25 percent in the first half (7-of-28) while the Seawolves shot 46 percent (11-of-24). Pacific forced 13 turnovers in the first half to keep the game within four at the break.

Hailie Eackles opened the second half with back-to-back threes and Butler added a triple for a 17-0 run and a 32-27 Pacific lead.

Butler struck again as the Tigers turned a 27-15 deficit into a 35-30 lead in just 3:36 of game time.

The Tigers connected on 10 of their first 15 shots in the second half, taking a 49-38 lead headed into the fourth quarter.

Simons and Coleman scored back-to-back inside buckets for a 53-40 lead. Finnie added a three-pointer and Coleman's free throw gave the Tigers their largest lead at 18. Butler capped the scoring for Pacific with her fifth three-pointer.

The Tigers will open the regular season on the road, with six-straight road games beginning Friday at Bakersfield.