Pacific Women's Basketball: Eliza Dy Leads Tigers' Program-Record 15 Treys In 74-58 Victory Over UC Davis
With the victory, Pacific improved to 4-18 on the year and 2-9 in the Big West Conference, while UC Davis fell to 15-8 overall and 7-3 in conference action.
Although the Aggies claimed the first lead of the contest off a quick lay-up from Hana Asano only 15 seconds into the contest, Pacific came back to steal the lead after a three-pointer from freshman Kendall Rodriguez (La Habra, Calif.) at 19:21. Pacific then came out ahead 3-2, leading for the majority of the game.
After a jumper from Haylee Donaghee gave UC Davis a 4-3 lead, the Tigers then used a 12-6 run to jump out to top the Aggies by five points, 15-10 after a jumper from sophomore Eliza Dy (Chino Hills, Calif.) at 14:06 gave Pacific the lead for the rest of the contest.
From 12:05 over the course of the next five minutes, Pacific used a 12-3 run and led the Aggies by as much as 11 points, 29-18, capped off by a lay-up from junior Jennifer Fath (Carrollton, Texas). UC Davis then tried to swing the game's momentum, using a jumper from Vicky Deely at 7:14 cut the lead down back to nine, 29-20. That sparked an Aggie 5-0 run to cut the deficit, 29-23, after four-straight points from Donaghee ending at 4:27.
Dy then gave Pacific an eight-point lead once more, tallying a jumper at 3:27. Pacific's lead then steadily dwindled away until it was cut in half before the end of the first period.
Just before the half ended, Pacific's defense turned on, not allowing a single Aggie shot in their final possession. With the final second on the timer, Pacific's double team forced Paige Mintun to turn the ball over as the clock expired, preserving the Tigers' 31-27 lead. That marked just the third time this Pacific squad headed to the locker room with the lead in the 2009-10 season.
After four failed possessions by both teams and a failed second chance opportunity from UC Davis to start out the second half, Pacific added to its lead off a pair of treys from Dy and freshman Erica McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.) sandwiched around a jumper from Asano at 18:18. The Tigers continued leading into the second period, 37-29 and then came back out to a 10-point lead once more after another Rodriguez jumper at 17:08 gave the Tigers the 39-29 advantage.
Dy then launched a trey and a pair of free throws at 15:40 after UC Davis's bench picked up a technical foul, giving Pacific its largest lead up until that point in the contest, 44-31.
UC Davis tried to come back and was able to trail by less than double-digits after Heidi Heintz landed a pair of free throws at 12:52, with Pacific still leading 46-37. The run was squelched at 11:15 with Pacific leading only by eight, 49-41, until the Tigers' hot shooting contributed three-straight three-pointers from Dy and junior Jasmine Dana (Bakersfield, Calif.), leading 55-41. Despite a jumper from Asano in the final nine minutes of the contest, Dy tallied another trey that gave Pacific a 15-point lead, 58-43 at 9:02. Pacific never looked back, leading by a game-high 17 points after a lay-up from Fath at 7:06 brought the lead to 62-45 in favor of the Tigers.
Down to the wire, UC Davis began intentionally fouling in hopes of salvaging a possession, but instead sent Pacific to the free throw line three times, where Pacific converted those trips to four points. In the last trip to the line, Dana split a pair of shots that gave the Tigers an 18-point lead, 74-56 with 1:02 left to play in the game.
The Aggies were able to cut down that lead one more time, recording the final basket of the game from Heintz with 14 seconds left on the clock for the final 74-58 victory.
Pacific's victory over UC Davis returns the favor after the Aggies upended Pacific in overtime in Davis, Calif., earlier this season. The win also snaps a 10-game Tiger losing streak and moves Pacific into sole possession of eighth place in the Big West Conference.
Dy led all players in the contest with a season-high six three-pointers and a career-high 26 points. Pacific's 15 three-pointers in 22 attempts sets a new school record for most treys made in program history. In the last two contests, Pacific has now made 29 three-pointers. UC Davis has three players in double figures, with Heintz recording a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Tigers next return to action on Saturday, Feb. 13, when they take on Sacramento State in non-conference action. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. in Hornet Gymnasium.