Nov. 26, 2010
LAS VEGAS - Sophomore Jordan Rogers recorded a double-double, but the Pacific women's basketball team got off to a cold shooting start and couldn't overcome turnovers as the Tigers fell to Big East foe Rutgers in the opener of the UNLV Hyatt Place Lady Rebel Round Up Friday at Cox Pavilion, 71-39. Pacific will play either Oregon State or UNLV in the consolation game tomorrow at 5 p.m.
Rogers, a forward from Sparks, Nev. led the Tigers with 15 points and 10 rebounds for her second career double-double. Rogers connected on four-of-nine from the field and six-of-eight from the free throw line.
The Tigers shot just 22.4 percent from the field (11-of-49), including 3-of-23 in the first half. Rutgers forced Pacific away from the inside game, as the Tigers scored just 10 points in the paint and attempted a season-high 22 three pointers.
"I thought we came out intimidated," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "In the second half, we played with more aggression and we played a lot better -- we ended up winning the rebounding battle. But against a team that's good and as athletic as Rutgers is, we can't have a start like that. Our youth really showed today. We'll try to learn from this and we have to move on quickly to our next game tomorrow."
Pacific opened the game in a 12-1 hole, missing their first 10 shots from the field. Rutgers athletic duo of April Sykes and Khadijah Rushdan found gaps in the Tigers defense, as Sykes finished with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Rushdan added 16 points on 7-of-12 from the floor. The Scarlet Knights' Monique Oliver, who finished with 13 points and six rebounds, and Chelsey Lee, who added 10 points and seven rebounds controlled the paint with three total blocked shots.
In the second half, the Tigers worked the ball inside more, getting to the foul line 12 times and converting nine free throws. Freshman forward Taryn Garza (Modesto, Calif) recorded six points for Pacific, while freshman guard Gena Johnson (Elk Grove, Calif.) added six to go with six rebounds. Sophomore guard Erica McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.) rounded out the trio with six points, as she hit a pair of three pointers. Junior forward Christina Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.) came off the bench to grab four rebounds, including two on the offensive end.
For the game, the Tigers were 13-of-18 from the free throw line, as Garza (2-for-2), Johnson and Thompson (2-for-3 each) all took the ball to the rack and got fouled to get to the stripe. Freshman forward Danielle Peacon (Sparks, Nev.) blocked four shots and finished with three points.
Rutgers connected at a 57.7 percent clip from the field in the first half, burying Pacific at intermission, 38-11. In the second half, the Tigers offense came to life, recording 28 points while allowing 33. Rutgers racked up 31 points of a season-high 28 Pacific turnovers.
Rutgers improves to 3-2 on the season, while the Tigers fall to 2-3.
Pacific will have a quick turnaround, as the consolation of the Hyatt Place Lady Rebel Round-Up tips off at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers will play either Oregon State or host UNLV.