Pacific Women's Basketball Has Win Streak Snapped By San Diego
Ashley Wakefield turned in her second-straight double-double with a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds, but Pacific's four-game win streak came to an end at San Diego as the Toreros took a 77-57 non-conference match-up at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Junior guard Erica McKenzie added 16 points and junior forward Kendall Rodriguez chipped in 10, but the Toreros held Pacific to 32 percent shooting (22-of-68) and out-rebounded the Tigers 50-34.
San Diego (7-2) entered the game shooting 63.5 percent from the free throw line, but connected on 19-of-20 (.950) from the stripe in the contest.
Morgan Woodrow scored 31 points for the Toreros while Amy Kame added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Each team struggled to get things going early, as Pacific held the Toreros to one field goal in their first eight attempts. But the Tigers couldn't convert on their first five attempts, as the Toreros took a 6-2 advantage.
Rodriguez hit a three-pointer and a free throw from Gena Johnson knotted the game at 10-10, but the Toreros answered with a 10-3 run, as Morgan Woodrow's lay-up gave USD a 20-13 lead with 8:25 left.
Pacific battled back as Wakefield got to the rim with a pair of and-one opportunities. McKenzie pulled Pacific within three with a jumper, and Johnson bought the Tigers within one on a driving lay-up.
Then Johnson and Wakefield trapped in the backcourt and McKenzie intercepted a pass and laid the ball up and in to give the Tigers their first lead at 25-24, but the Toreros tallied the final points of the half, on a pair of free throws by Amy Kame.
USD owned a 26-18 rebounding edge in the first half, with eight second-chance points giving them the 26-25 lead at the break.
In the second half, San Diego surged ahead as Dominique Conners drove for four points and Kame hit a jumper to a 38-29 USD lead.
Wakefield attacked the basket for another and-one, but Connors found Kame inside for a basket as the Toreros maintained a nine-point advantage.
Rodriguez cut the deficit to six with a three-pointer, closing the gap to 47-41, but San Diego reeled off a 9-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 56-41 with 8:15 remaining.
Wakefield drove for another and-one opportunity, but Woodrow knocked down a jumper and the Toreros closed it out from the free throw line.
San Diego scored 51 second-half points, shooting 59 percent in the half and 46 percent for the game (28-of-61).
Pacific falls to 4-4 and is back in action on Saturday at Fresno State in a 2 p.m. tip-off.