Pacific Tigers Catch Aggies From Behind For 65-60 Road Women's Basketball Win

Pacific Tigers Catch Aggies From Behind For 65-60 Road Women's Basketball Win

Feb. 9, 2011

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DAVIS, Calif. - Pacific's defense sparked a 19-6 run in the second half, as the Tigers women's basketball team erased a 13-point deficit to pull out a 65-60 road win at UC Davis Wednesday night at the Pavilion.

Freshman forward Danielle Peacon (Sparks, Nev.) hit 20 points for the second straight game while sophomore guard Erica McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.) tallied 10 points with a career-high 10 assists for her first career double-double.

Sophomore forward Kendall Rodriguez (La Habra, Calif.) added 12 points while sophomore forward Jordan Rogers (Sparks, Nev.) finished with 11. Making her first career start, freshman guard Gena Johnson (Elk Grove, Calif.) tallied a team-high nine rebounds to set a career best, and added eight points - all in the second half and in transition.

Down 41-28 with 16:33 to go, Pacific reeled off a 19-6 run to knot the game at 47-47. Over a stretch of eight UC Davis possessions, the Tigers recorded three blocked shots and five steals, scoring eight points via fast-break.

After trading the lead back and forth, the Johnson picked up a steal and an intentional foul led to a three-point Tiger possession for a 59-58 lead.

A pair of free throws from the Aggies' Heidi Heintz gave UC Davis a 59-58 lead by Johnson gave Pacific a lead they wouldn't relinquish as the Tigers got the final stop for the 65-60 win.

The Tigers forced 11 second half turnovers, and racked up 14 fast-break points to outscore the Aggies 44-27 in the second half. For the game, Pacific recorded a season-high 17 steals, including four each from McKenzie and junior forward Andrea Swanson (Littleton, Colo.), who set her career-high. The Tigers' eight blocked shots were the second-most turned in Pacific this year, led by Peacon's three and two from Rogers.

Pacific improves to 7-17 overall, 4-7 in the Big West. UC Davis falls to 17-6 overall, 7-4 in the Big West.

"I was very proud of our kids for the way they flipped the switch tonight," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "Down 13 on the road in the second half, we called timeout and the kids got fired up. They dug deep, played hard, and got the victory. Our defense was really, really good. We caused 22 turnovers and they don't turn it over much."

Pacific opened with a pair of three-pointers from McKenzie and Rogers, but the Aggies responded with a pair of inside looks. After Peacon tallied inside, Paige Mintun drained a three-pointer for an 11-10 UC Davis lead.

UC Davis embarked on a 10-2 run, as the Aggies connected on eight of their first 16 shots.

The Tigers narrowed the margin to 22-17 with 3:07 before the half as Rogers hit a three-pointer and Peacon converted an open look inside off a pass from McKenzie. Pacific's defense held the Aggies to seven empty possessions, and just three points over an eight minute stretch, but UC Davis closed out the half strong with an 11-4 run as Idit Oryon and Blair Shinoda knocked down a pair of three pointers.

Pacific was led by Peacon and Rogers in the first half with eight apiece. UC Davis out-shot Pacific 48 percent (13-of-28) to 31 percent (9-of-29). The Aggies forced 14 Tiger miscues, but scored just seven points off those turnovers while Pacific tallied seven points off 11 UC Davis turnovers in the first half.

In the second half, Pacific reeled off four straight points to cut the margin to eight, and after UC Davis responded with a jumper inside, Rodriguez drained a three-pointer from the win to pull Pacific within seven at 35-28. But Samantha Meggison answered with a triple of her own to restore the 10-point lead.

Down 41-28, Pacific stormed back with a 19-6 run over the next 3:42 as the Tigers forced four turnovers and scored three lay-ups in transition, while Peacon tallied a pair of buckets underneath in the half-court set to tie the game at 47-47.

Following a hard screen by freshman forward Taryn Garza (Modesto, Calif.), Johnson gained the corner and found Rodriguez for a three-pointer as Pacific took its first lead of the second half at 52-49.

Swanson grabbed an offensive rebound and finished inside as the Tigers led 54-51, but UC Davis would rally back, to take a 58-56 lead before Pacific's defense answered the bell again and the Tigers emerged with the win.

Mintun led UC Davis with 14 points with six rebounds, while Heintz added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Pacific is back in action on Thursday, February 17 at UC Irvine in a 7 p.m. tip-off.