Pacific Women's Basketball: Rally Falls Short For Pacific, Falling 50-41 to UC Riverside
After the loss, Pacific fell to 4-21 on the season and 2-11 in the Big West Conference, while UC Riverside improved to 13-14 overall, 10-4 in the Big West.
Freshmen Kendall Rodriguez (La Habra, Calif.) and Erica McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.) tied for a team-high eight points while seniors Jasmine Dana (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Emma Head (San Diego, Calif.) each tallied a team-high six rebounds.
The Highlanders quickly jumped out to the lead to start the contest as they pulled out to a quick 12-0 run capped off by jumper from Alysshe a Morris at 16:23. Rodriguez finally opened scoring for the Tigers, going 2-for-2 from the free throw line less than four minutes into the contest.
Junior Jennifer Fath (Carrolton, Texas) hit the team's first field goal at 14:07 to cap off a run that pulled the Tigers within six (12-6). But UC Riverside went on a 16-5 run to push ahead 28-11 on a three by Brittany Waddell with 2:46 remaining in the half.
After a pair of free throws, the Tigers went into the break down 28-13 and came out in the second half ready to fight back. McKenzie hit a three 20 seconds into the second half to start the comeback. Pacific traded baskets with the Highlanders until freshman Jordan Rogers (Sparks, Nev.) drew and foul on Rheya Neabors with 6:01 to play and hit both free throws close the gap to nine points (44-35).
Three missed opportunities for the Highlander left the door wide open for Pacific and sophomore Eliza Dy (Chino Hills, Calif.) hit a three at 4:23 to pull the Tigers to within six (44-38). Head drew a foul woth 2:47 remaining on the clock and made the first of two free throws to put the Tigers down by five, before Morris and Amber Cox combined for six points in the final two minutes to secure the win for UC Riverside.
Morris led all scorers with 16 points and Cox was the only other player in double digits with 13.
The Tigers next return to action when they take on Long Beach State this Saturday, Feb. 27 in a rematch of last Saturday's double-overtime loss in Stockton. Game time is set for 4 p.m.