Pacific Women's Basketball: Tigers Fall 68-57 at UC Irvine
Pacific (3-12, 1-4 Big West) trailed by as much as eight in the first half (13-5) after Irvines Jade Smith-Williams put in a layup with 14:36 on the clock. Down 19-12 with under 11 minutes to play in the half, freshman Erica McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.) drained a three assisted by Dy to start the Tigers rally.
Dy made the first of two free throws to pull Pacific within one (19-18) at 9:08, but Irvine jumped ahead by five on back to back jumpers. It was a jumper by junior guard Jennifer Fath (Carrolton, Texas) at 7:42 that helped restart the rally.
Freshman Kendall Rodriguez (La Habra, Calif.) hit a jumper at 7:00 to play that pulled pacific to within one for a second time (23-22). Fath would tie the game (24-24) with 6:42 remaining after knocking in her second basket. McKenzie hit another three 30 seconds later to give Pacific its largest lead of the night, 27-24.
But the Tigers would not find the net for over five minutes while the Anteaters were a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line to regain the lead (28-27) before Jazmyne White put Irvine up by three (30-27) with 1:31 on the clock. Dy countered with a three 21 seconds later to tie the game for a third time on a pass from Fath heading into the break.
Pacific would strike first in the second half to take the lead, but Irvine controlled the remainder of the contest, shooting 50-percent from the floor and scoring 25 points off of turnovers.
The Anteaters were lead by Smith-Williams who had game-highs of 17 points and six assists. Rebecca Maessen and Keyonna Johnson each scored 14 points and Mikah Maly-Karros finished with a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds).
Irvine broke a five game losing streak against the Tigers with the win. They improved to 5-13 overall, 2-4 in the Big West.
Pacific returns to action next on Wednesday, Jan. 20 when they host Cal State Bakersfield in non-conference action. The game is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. PST.