Tigers take upset over the Bulldogs
Women’s basketball split the weekend in their home stand against San Diego and BYU. The Tigers fell to San Diego by 10 on Thursday, but they were able to rebound and take the upset against BYU. Pacific resides in fifth place in the West Coast Conference, resting closely behind its two weekend opponents.
They improve to 10-4 in conference and 18-7, overall. With four games left in regular season play, the Tigers sit in a decent position before the WCC Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held in Las Vegas the first weekend in March.
On Thursday, Pacific fell by a 10-point margin to one of their biggest competitors in the WCC. The Toreros took a substantial lead in the first half and were able to keep it until the last buzzer. Even though the Tigers made great strides to take the lead, even coming within three points with less than one minute remaining, San Diego was able to hold on until the finish.
San Diego took the win over Pacific for the second time this season, 63-53.
In Saturday’s matchup against the Bulldogs, the Tigers came out with a purpose. They only committed four turnovers over the course of the game, and with a full team effort were able to pull out the win. Guard Hailie Eackles ’16 stepped up and led the squad once again with 17 points on the evening.
Guard Madison Parrish ’15 and forward Erin Butler ’16 followed suit with 15 points and 10 points, respectively. Forward Kendall Kenyon ’15 also added another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Tigers were able to outscore the Bulldogs 22-2 in bench points. They were also notably able to recover 11 turnovers from BYU and turn them into 16 points. The two teams were neck and neck throughout the entire matchup; however, Pacific was able to maintain the lead during the second half and run away with the victory, 86-82. Pacific hits the road for the final time this season before the WCC Tournament. They travel to Portland and Gonzaga and will return home on Thursday, Feb. 26 for their final regular season games. The Tigers will host Santa Clara and San Francisco over the course of that weekend.
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