Balanced Attack Pushes Pacific Past Stanislaus State

Balanced Attack Pushes Pacific Past Stanislaus State

Stockton, Calif. - A balanced attack led the Pacific women's basketball team to a 74-61 win over Stanislaus State Tuesday at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Ameela Li paced Pacific with 12 points and seven assists, while Unique Coleman added 11 points and six boards. Desire Finnie tallied 11 points with three steals while Hailie Eackles chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.

Emily Simons scored nine points with five rebounds, Najah Queenland added eight points and four boards, while Mauriana Clayton paced Pacific on the glass with 11 rebounds and seven points. Erin Butler added seven boards with six points.

The Tigers held Stanislaus State to 31.8 percent shooting for the game, at 21-of-66. Pacific connected on 9-of-24 from three-point range.

Stanislaus State's pressure forced Pacific into 17 turnovers, but the Tigers settled down and committed just five miscues in the second half.

The Tigers seized control with a 22-12 second quarter and utilized crisp ball-movement in the second half to improve to 6-4 on the season. Stanislaus State remains at 6-3 on the year, as the game did not count on their Division II record.

Riley Holladay opened the scoring with a three-pointer before back-to-back inside buckets from Mauriana Clayton gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead. A lay-up from Taylor Faucet gave the Warriors a 9-6 lead before Unique Coleman drove and finished while being fouled, tying the game with an and-one.

Eackles hit a three to tie the game at 12-12 and Emily Simons scored inside for a 14-12 lead. Coleman added a steal and finish as Pacific led 20-17 at the end of the first quarter.

Finnie connected on a jumper and Li added a three from the corner as the Tigers stretched the lead to 26-19. Najah Queenland hit a three for an eight-point lead.

The Tigers reeled off a 19-4 run as Erin Butler hit a pair of three-pointers, as Pacific outscored the Warriors 22-12 in the second.

Pacific held Stanislaus State to 30 percent shooting in the first half, and connected on 45 percent from the field. The Tigers hit 5-of-10 from three-point range in the first half.

In the third, Stanislaus clawed back within 10 before Finnie drained a three from the corner. Clayton finished inside as the Tigers led 51-39 with 3:16 to go in the quarter. The Warriors closed the quarter with a 7-2 run to close to within 55-46.

Li hit a three-pointer for the Tigers early in the fourth. Eackles added a drive and finish, but Stanislaus State answered right back. Queenland added a triple to give the Tigers a little breathing room at 63-53.

Eackles added a three-pointer for a 70-56 lead with 3:08 to go. After the Warriors trimmed the lead to nine, Simons and Li hit jumpers and the Tigers ran out the clock on the 74-61 win.

The crowd of 2,137 on Education Day was the second-largest single-admission game for the women's program, behind only 2010's sellout against No. 1 Connecticut.

Pacific will have a short turnaround before facing Nevada at home on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the non-conference finale before opening West Coast Conference play Monday.