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    Pacific Women's Basketball Rallies in Overtime, Falls 68-59 at UC Davis

    Jan 23, 2010
    Despite a 12 point deficit in the first half, the Pacific women's basketball team pushed conference-leading UC Davis into overtime, where the Tigers fell 68-59 on Saturday, Jan. 23.

    With the loss, Pacific fell to 3-14 on the year and 1-5 in the Big West Conference, while the Aggies improved to 13-6 overall and 5-1 in conference play.

    With 12:54 remaining at the end of regulation play, freshman Jordan Rogers (Sparks, Nev.) converted a steal to a fast-break lay-up that gave Pacific its first lead of the contest, 35-33.The Tiger lead grew to 39-35, before Kasey Riecks connected on a three-pointer with 8:25 to play, UC Davis' first field goal outside of the paint, pulling the Aggies to within one at 39-38. The Aggies eventually retook the lead on Riecks' second three-pointer with 6:53 remaining, pulling UC Davis ahead by one at 43-42.

    With the two teams tied at 46-46 with 4:26 remaining, sophomore Eliza Dy (Chino Hills, Calif.) knocked down a deep 22-footer, giving the Tigers a 49-46 lead. But the next time down the floor, UC Davis had the answer, as Heidi Heintz knocked down a deep three-pointer of her own, tying it up once again at 49-49.

    After a 1-of-2 trip at the free throw line from senior Emma Head (San Diego, Calif.) with 3:24 remaining gave Pacific a 50-49 lead, UC Davis struck back for a pair of free throws by Paige Mintun with 2:04 remaining, giving the Aggies a 51-50 lead. Following a timeout, freshman Erika McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.) hit her first three-pointer of the contest with 1:40 remaining, giving Pacific a 53-51 lead.

    UC Davis tied it back up at 53-53 with a pair of free throws by Mintun with 36.0 seconds remaining. Both teams had chances to win the game in regulation, as the Tigers' McKenzie had a three-point attempt blocked by the Aggies Donaghe, but on the other end of the floor Hana Asano missed a runner from 10 feet. Grabbing the rebound with three seconds remaining, McKenzie raced down the floor and put up a desperation heave from 35 feet that was long, sending the game to overtime.

    In the extra session, UC Davis jumped out to an early 9-0 run, taking a 62-53 lead with 3:05 remaining. But the Tigers fought back, as sophomore Christina Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.), who had scored just four points during regulation time, connected on three straight layups, putting Pacific right back in the game, within three points at 62-59 with 1:24 remaining.

    The Aggies, however, would have the answer as Mintun knocked down a three-pointer from the top off the key with 58.1 seconds remaining, extending UC Davis' lead to six at 65-59. The Aggies went on to make 3-of-6 from the free throw line in the final minute, taking home a 68-59 overtime victory.

    The opening minutes saw both team's attempt to establish their defensive intensity, with both squads pressing and trapping all over the court, which forced more turnovers than points after the first half (23-17, 42 turnovers).

    After freshman Kendall Rodriguez (La Habra, Calif.) knocked down a three-pointer with 16:38 remaining that pulled Pacific to within one at 6-5, UC Davis went on an 11-0 run, holding the Tigers scoreless for a stretch 8:54 to take a 17-5 lead.

    Pacific rallied, going on an 8-2 run over the next 3:36, pulling to within six at 19-13 with 3:54 remaining. The margin remained at six points at the half, with the Tigers trailing 23-17.

    The team's combined for 42 first half turnovers, with UC Davis posting 19 and the Tigers collecting 23. Pacific was 6-of-19 from the field (31.6 percent), 1-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc and a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line, while the Aggies were 9-of-20 from the field (45.0 percent), scoring all of their field goal attempts via layups inside the paint. UC Davis was 0-4 from beyond the three-point arc and 5-of-8 from the foul line (62.5 percent) in the opening 20 minutes.

    The second half opened with Rodriguez scoring the Tigers first 10 points, knocking down a pair of three-pointers in the first three minutes of the half to pull Pacific to within one point at 28-27 with 15:16 remaining in regulation. Pacific tied the score for the first time since the contest was 2-2, as with 14:08 remaining, senior Jasmine Dana (Bakersfield, Calif.) knocked down a three-pointer to tie the score at 30-30.

    After UC Davis answered with a three-point play by Heintz to give the Aggies a three-point lead, Dana knocked down another three-pointer to tie the score once again at 33-33.

    Pacific was led Rodriguez and McKenzie with 13 points apiece, while Thompson added 10 points off the bench. McKenzie added six points, five assists and four steals, while Head finished with 10 rebounds and six steals for the Tigers.

    UC Davis was paced by Donaghe, who finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and nine steals, while Mintun finished with 17 points.

    The team's finished the contest combining for 65 turnovers, with UC Davis forcing a season-high 37 Pacific turnovers while the Aggies turned it over 28 times.

    Pacific returns to action on Wednesday, January 27 as they host the UC Irvine Anteaters. Tipoff from the Spanos Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.