Portland Downs Pacific Women's Basketball, 86-73, Despite Four Tigers in Double-Figures
Four Tigers scored in double-figures led by the third career double-double of freshman Danielle Peacon (Sparks, Nev.), but the Pacific women's basketball team fell, 86-73, to the Portland Pilots Sunday at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Peacon recorded her third 20-point game of the season, on 9-of-13 shooting and added 10 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Sophomore forward Jordan Rogers (Sparks, Nev.) added 15 points and three assists while freshman guard Gena Johnson (El Grove, Calif.) and sophomore forward Kendall Rodriguez (La Habra, Calif.) each added 10. Johnson also tallied six rebounds and a career-high four assists.
The Tigers shot 56 percent from the field in the second half (19-of-34), and 45 percent for the game, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 28 points allowed off of 24 turnovers as Portland shot 47.5 percent for the game (29-of-61), including 52 percent (14-of-27) in the first half.
"I was proud of our second half, I thought we did a good job," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "But against a team like Portland, you can't come out like we did in the first half. We have to play to our potential for 40 minutes and not 20. At this level, every team is competitive and you can't afford to do what we did in the first half."
Pacific out-scored Portland 49-46 in the second half. The 49 points was two off their season-best half of 51 in the second stanza against Sacramento State. The Tigers held a 28-22 edge in the paint in the second half.
ReZina Teclemariam led the Pilots with 20 points, on 7-of-10 shooting from the field to go with five assists. Natalie Day chipped in 16 points and five rebounds while Alexis Gannis added 12 points and a team-high six boards.
Pacific held a 40-39 margin in rebounding, and a 46-42 advantage in points in the paint.
Portland jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the early going before Gena Johnson (Elk Grove, Calif.) grabbed an offensive rebound while cutting to the basket and laid it up and in to cut the margin to 11-6. But the Pilots stretched the advantage out to 24-13 as Tara Cronin connected on a pair of three-pointers.
Fath drove the lane for a pair, but Natalie Day answered with a three-pointer and Alexis Byrd converted a lay-up as Portland's advantage reached 19, 38-19 with two minutes remaining in the half.
Peacon gained position inside and scored a deuce while being fouled. After knocking down the free throw, she picked up a steal and laid in another basket to trim the margin to 14, but Alex Gannis hit a jumper to give the Pilots a 40-24 lead at halftime.
Portland shot 50 percent in the first half (14-of-28), while the Tigers just managed 32.3 percent (10-of-31). Peacon led all scorers with nine at the break, while Portland was paced by Gannis and Cronin with eight each. The Pilots held a 20-18 advantage in points in the paint, and the Tigers out-rebounded the Pilots 23-19.
Peacon scored the first basket of the second half, added a lay-up while getting fouled, and after a lay-up from Kendall Rodriguez off a feed from Johnson, Peacon stepped out and knocked down a three-pointer as the Tigers sliced the margin to 45-33 three minutes into the second half.
After a spurt by the Pilots, Taryn Garza (Modesto, Calif.) scored back-to-back buckets inside, Johnson drove the baseline to bring the Tigers within 10, at 56-46, but the Tigers came up empty on a pair of possessions as Portland surged ahead 62-48.
Fath's reverse lay-up and Peacon's post basket brought the Tigers back within single-digits, at 67-58, but Portland quickly posted a 7-0 run in a span of 52 seconds to restore a 16-point advantage.
Once again the Tigers mounted a comeback, as Peacon scored inside yet again, and Fath converted another reverse layup. A triple from Rogers brought Pacific back to within 13, at 78-65, and after a pair of Portland free throws, the Rogers converted another three-ball to make it a 10-point game. But the Tigers ran out of time as Teclemariam scored while being fouled to ice the game.
Pacific falls to 3-8 on the season, while Portland improves to 9-3 overall, including 6-0 on the road.
Eleven games into her freshman season, Peacon leads the Tigers with 13.5 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game. She has now hit double-figure scoring in seven games this season.
"Danielle did a really nice job today," Roberts continued. "She had struggled a little bit with not being as physical or assertive as she needs to be, but today she was physical and demanded the ball. She went hard for rebounds, and stayed out of foul trouble. Those were all big steps forward for her as she progresses and develops her game."
The Tigers will face Montana State on Wednesday, Dec. 23, in a non-conference contest at 6 p.m. PT, before returning to the Alex G. Spanos Center on Tuesday, Dec. 28, for a showdown with No. 1 Connecticut. Barring an upset, the Tigers will play host to the No. 1 team in the country for the first time in their history. Pacific is poised to break its women's basketball attendance record, as over 4,200 tickets have already been sold. Under 2000 tickets remain, all general admission as reserved seating is sold out.