Pacific Women's Basketball: Late Second Half Comeback Not Enough As Pacific Falls 95-81 At Sacramento State
With the loss, Pacific dropped to 4-19 on the year, while the Hornets improved to 11-12.
The game opened up with a fairly-low scoring seven minutes off the bat, as Pacific took the first lead of the game at 18:38, off a lay-up from senior Emma Head (San Diego, Calif.) that put Pacific up 2-0. Emily Christensen then came back and tied up the game for the Hornets at 17:07 after a successful pair of free throws. Pacific was then the next team to step-up in the back and forth, when a fast-break lay-up from sophomore Christina Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.) pushed the Tigers out in front, 4-3 at 16:24. And the lead changes continued until 13:30, when Pacific took the final lead of the contest, 8-7 off a jumper from sophomore Eliza Dy (Chino Hills, Calif.).
Over the course of the next minute, both team went cold until Kylie Kuhns tallied a fast-break lay-up that gave the Hornets' the lead that would take them on to victory, 9-8 at 12:23.
Over the next four minutes, the Hornets used a 10-5 run to put some distance between the Tigers, leading 19-13 after a trey from Christensen. Pacific came back within four points of Sac State at 8:04, when Thompson tallied another lay-up to cut the deficit down to 19-15.
Sacramento State piled on a lead as high as 12 points from the four-minute mark, that extended to 17 after a trey from Ashley Garcia in the first half's final 18 seconds gave the Hornets a 45-28 lead. Freshman Erica McKenzie dropped the lead back down to 15 points after a lay-up with four seconds remaining on the clock.
Into the second half, the Hornets looked to put the Tigers away mounting a 60-37 lead at 16:24. But from 16:10 to 12:19, Pacific had enough and came storming back in the game after a 23-3 run put the Tigers within three of Sacramento State.
McKenzie kicked things off with her first of four three-pointers that brought Pacific back within 20, trailing 60-40. McKenzie then rattled off three-straight threes and by 14:55, Pacific trailed 60-46. Dy then decided to try her hand at it, after landing six treys against UC Davis two nights prior, and chipped in a fourth-straight unanswered three-pointer at 14:19. Pacific then trailed 60-49. Then the Hornets finally got on board for over two minutes after a foul sent Kuhns to the line where she split a pair of free throws.
From 13:48 to 12:19, Pacific continued on a 9-2 run that included a fourth three-pointer from McKenzie, as Pacific trailed 63-60. However, a media timeout at 11:17 gave the Hornets a breath of fresh air, after they went on a 15-2 run from 10:02 to 7:20. Mallorie Franco capped off the run with a lay-up to give Sacramento State an 80-64 advantage. The lead threatened to extend back to 20 again, as the Hornets were ahead by 19, 90-71 with 2:45 remaining in the contest.
Pacific then responded with 10-unanswered points over the next minute, to trail 90-80, after two more three-pointers from McKenzie. However, Pacific could not keep up the intensity and it was too-little, too-late for the Tigers as the Hornets closed out the contest on a 5-1 run to secure their seventh-straight victory.
In the contest McKenzie led all players with a career-high 28 points after tying her season-high of six three pointers to go along with eight assists. Thompson finished behind her as the Tigers' second-leading scorer, just shy of her first career double-double, with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Four Tigers finished with double-digits, bettered by the Hornets' entire five-starting line-up scored 10 or better. Charday Hunt led Sac State with 20 points, while Garcia nabbed 19 and Tika Koshiyama-Diaz tallied 18.
Pacific next returns to action when they host Long Beach State at home for a 3 p.m. tip-off on Saturday, Feb. 20.