March 11, 2011
Anaheim, Calif. - The Tiger women's basketball team dropped a 70-55 decision to Cal Poly in the semifinal round of the ampm Big West Tournament at Anaheim's Honda Center on Friday, March 11. Pacific finished the season 9-22, while Cal Poly improved to 18-11 and advances to the championship game.
The Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a three-point play from sophomore Kendall Rodriguez (La Habra, Calif.) and a layup by sophomore Jordan Rogers (Sparks, Nev.). The Mustangs cut the lead back to 9-8, but Pacific surged ahead to a 15-8 lead with six straight points including a three-pointer from sophomore Erica McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.). The Mustangs bounced right back with a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 17-15 lead with 12:35 to play in the half. Another 7-0 jab by the Tigers with four points from freshman Danielle Peacon (Sparks, Nev.) switched the lead back to Pacific, 22-17. The Mustangs tied up with five straight points at 22-22, getting a three-pointer from Rachel Clancy, who scored 18 points in the first half. The lead would changed hands four more times over the final six minutes of the half, as it went to the break tied 32-32.
Pacific opened the second half with three missed shots and seven turnovers on as the Mustangs scored the first 11 points of the second half to take a 43-32 lead just over four minutes into the second half. Rodriguez scored the Tigers' first basket with 15:35 left in the game to cut it back to 43-34. The Mustangs answered with a layup from Kayla Griffin, but the Tigers came back with a free throw from Rodriguez and a three-pointer from Rodgers to make it 45-38 with 13:36 to play. Cal Poly then pushed the lead up to 13 (53-40) with 9:47 remaining after scoring six straight points and the lead would not fall below 12 the rest of the way.
"We played a great first half and then in the second half we turned it over on the first five possessions," said Tiger head coach Lynne Roberts. "I think our young kids showed a lot heart today, which is good. It's something that we can build on. The future looks good."
Peacon led the Tigers with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Rodriguez added 15 points and Rogers scored 10. Rachel Clancy scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Cal Poly.
The Mustangs held a 43-32 advantage on the boards, including 17 offensive rebounds that led to a 23-7 edge in second chance points. The Tigers ended up with 20 turnovers, with 11 steals from Cal Poly, while the Mustangs turned it over 12 times.