Pacific Women's Basketball Drops 71-34 Contest on the Road at UC Santa Barbara
With the loss Pacific dropped to 3-17 on the year and 1-8 in Big West play while the Gauchos improved to 8-13 and 5-4 in conference action.
UC Santa Barbara piled on an early 15-0 run to start out the game, culminating with a layup from Emilie Johnson with 15:10 left to play in the first half. The Tigers finally responded at 13:57 with a pair of free throws from sophomore Eliza Dy (Chino Hills, Calif.) at 13:57. Pacific was able to compile a 3-0 run closed out by another free throw at the hands of sophomore Christina Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.) at 13:05.
Then over the next five minutes the Gauchos rattled off a 14-0 run to jump out to a 29-3 lead over the Tigers. Freshman Erica McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.) snapped the drought at 8:15 when she drained Pacific's only three pointer of the half to cut the lead, 29-6. McKenzie's basket was the Tigers' only field goal among 23 chances in the first half.
The Gauchos then closed out the half with a 15-2 run, after Dy sank two more free throws in the final seven seconds of the half. UC Santa Barbara led by as much as 38 points in the final minute of the half. The Tigers hit the locker room trailing 44-8 at the end of the first half.
Pacific turned things around in the second half, scoring 26 points to UC Santa Barbara's 27-second half points, but could not overcome the 36-point defecit carrying over from the first half.
Within the first minute of the second half, Pacific got on the board, trailing 46-10 after a jumper from freshman Kendall Rodriguez (La Habra, Calif.). The Tigers then took a 6-2 run after two free throw shots from Thompson at 15:17, but not before the Gauchos capitalized from a 12-0 run to lead by as much as 46 points, 62-16, in the game's final 10 minutes.
Pacific was able to reel UC Santa Barbara back to 36 points after free throws from Thompson in the final four minutes, before UCSB padded the lead back to a final 37 points, 71-34.
Thompson finished as Pacific's leading scorer with nine points and six rebounds, while Dy went a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor. Mekia Valentine closed out the night with the only double-double, 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Emilie Johnson and Meagan Williams tied as the leading scorers in the contest with 14 points.
Pacific continues its trip up the Central Coast with a 2 p.m. tip-off time at Cal Poly on Saturday, Feb. 6.