Men’s, women’s teams sweep exhibition double-header
An at-home doubleheader this past Saturday saw both the Pacific women’s and men’s basketball teams start their seasons in victorious fashion after matches against Sonoma State University and Carroll College, respectively.
The women were the first to take the court, kicking off the evening at around 5 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.
The Tigers started with a high intensity, full-court press, but SSU managed to tire out their defenders and slip past with short passes and quick shots. A few early baskets from forward Erin Butler ‘16 put Pacific on the board and kept the score even throughout the first quarter.
The Tigers amped up defensive pressure even further in the second quarter, leading to a few sloppy fouls and an SSU advantage. By the half, Pacific found themselves behind 23-27.
However, the Tigers came out firing in the third quarter, nearly doubling their score thanks to a series of 3-pointers by Butler and guard Hailie Eackles ‘16, as well as some key layups by guard/forward Emily Simmons ‘17.
Up by 10 points going into the fourth quarter, the Tigers slowed down play and kept control for the rest of the match, winning 63-51.
The Pacific men’s team followed with their match against Carroll College at 7:30 p.m., playing for a growing crowd. The Tigers led a massive offensive to start the first half, scoring nearly 30 points in the first 10 minutes thanks to on-point shooting by many, including guard David Taylor ‘17, forward Jacob Lampkin ‘18 and guard Maleke Haynes ‘18. As the half progressed, play gradually began to slow, and Pacific’s offensive momentum cooled down.
Carroll slowly crept up the scoreboard but was answered with two 3-pointers by Haynes before the half came to a close at 42-33, with Pacific still in the lead.
The Tigers that came out for the second half seemed to be a different team; a series of sloppy turnovers and aggressive Carroll steals led to the progressive loss of Pacific’s lead. After some steady back and forth with scoring, Pacific was faced with only a one-point advantage going into the last five minutes. What followed was desperate, frantic play that Pacific seemed to ultimately dominate, stretching out their lead inch by inch. After a clutch three-pointer by Taylor and a steal against Carroll in the final minute, the Tigers found themselves winners at the buzzer by a score of 79-72.
The men’s team will next travel to Arizona on Friday to take on the Wildcats at 6:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Pac12 Network. The women also return to action on Friday; they will play in Bakersfield at 7 p.m. You can follow the box scores of both games at pacifictigers.com.
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