Pacific Women's Basketball: Pacific Drops 76-63 Non-Conference Contest To Cal State Bakersfield
With the loss, the Tigers fell to 3-13 overall while Cal State Bakersfield improved to 11-9 on the year.
After winning the tip, Katie Williams put the Roadrunners on top first with a jumper just inside of the three-point line at 19:46, giving them a quick 2-0 lead.
Only two and a half minutes into the first half, Phynique Allen looked to capitalize on an early turnover from freshman Erica McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.) when she attempted to swing the ball around the arc. However, Pacific caught a break when Allen missed the fast break lay-up opportunity, with McKenzie crashing behind for the rebound.
Two possessions later, senior Emma Head (San Diego, Calif.) sank a jumper at 16:54 to tie the game 2-2, before Cal State Bakersfield responded back with a lay-up that put the Roadrunners ahead 4-2 in the game's first five minutes. After that basket, the Roadrunners failed to capitalize, making only 2-of-9 field goals to keep both teams in a scoring drought for over two minutes.
It was freshman Kendall Rodriguez (La Habra, Calif.) who finally broke the Roadrunners' four-minute 11-2, at 12:58 when she dropped in a three-pointer to cut the lead, 13-5. At exactly 12 minutes to play in the half, Dana gave Pacific a mini 6-0 run when she followed Rodriguez's trey with one of her own from nearly the baseline. Pacific then trailed, 13-8, in the contest.
Over the next three and a half minutes, both teams went cold from the floor once more, when Amber Williams put an end to that, chipping in a three-pointer that put Cal State Bakersfield up 17-8 at 8:46. Sophomore Christina Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.) then single-handedly brought the Tigers within six points of the Roadrunners, making a lay-up and a pair of free throws at 7:38, cutting Cal State Bakersfield's lead, 18-12.
While the Roadrunners added to their lead, Thompson kept Pacific right there making four more points before 5:17 remained in the first half, with Cal State Bakersfield leading 22-18. At 4:09, Thompson drew the third foul in her favor, and completed a three-point play keeping the Tigers on the heels of the Roadrunners, 26-21.
In final two minutes of the first half, McKenzie's jumper in the pain put a halt to the Roadrunners' 7-0 run from 3:36 until 1:46 was left on the clock at the time of McKenzie's jumper. That cut Pacific's deficit, 35-23. Heading into the halftime break, Pacific trailed 35-28, after both teams shot a perfect 100 percent from the free throw line in the first half.
At 19:48, Allen fittingly put the Roadrunners on the board first in the second half, 37-28, after leading the Roadrunners with six first-half points. Junior Jennifer Fath (Carrollton, Texas) responded two minutes later, giving the Tigers their first bucket of the second half, as they trailed 37-30 into the second stanza.
Thompson completed another three-point play at 15:37, off a foul by Davis, cutting the lead 42-35, as Thompson registered 14 points through the first quarter of the second half.
After both teams went scoreless from 15:07 until 13:51, Fath and Thompson helped the Tigers outscore Cal State Bakersfield for their first run of the half, 8-3, over the next minute. That gave Pacific its smallest deficit since the first four minutes of the contest, 46-43. But Katie Williams tallied another jumper at 12:26 to push the Roadrunners ahead more than one basket, 48-43. Fath then split a pair of free throws at 12:09, cutting the lead 48-44. But that was all the noise the Tigers could muster over the next two minutes as Cal State Bakersfield stormed out to an 8-0 run up to its largest lead of the game, 56-44. Freshman Jordan Rogers (Sparks, Nev.) then put Pacific back on the scoreboard with 10 minutes left in the contest, after her lay-up cut the deficit to 56-46. That sparked a 7-0 Tiger run until 8:49, as they trailed by five (56-51) down into the game's final quarter of play.
But the Roadrunners increased their lead back to double-digits (61-51) after an 8-0 run until 8:13. Pacific persisted and would not let the run continue into double-digits, as Rogers landed a pair of free throws at 7:31 and Head followed that up with a lay-up off the block at 7:04, whittling Cal State Bakersfield's lead down to 66-55.
However, Cal State Bakersfield kept attacking the basket to close out the game, jumping out to its largest lead of the contest, 19 points (76-57) with 1:45 left to play. Fath responded by scoring Pacific's first points in over four minutes, when her lay-up at 0:53 pushed the score to 76-59.
Thompson finished as the Tigers' leading scorer with 19 points and five rebounds, her best performance of 2010 since her 30 point-performance at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 4.
The Tigers next return to action and Big West Conference play when they head to UC Davis on Saturday, Jan. 23 for a 7 p.m. tip-off.