Pacific women's basketball: Pacific Closes Out Its Home Schedule Falling To UC Riverside
Closing out play at the Alex G. Spanos Center for the 2010-11 season, the Pacific women's basketball team suffered a 72-56 loss to UC Riverside on Saturday, February 26. The loss dropped the Tigers to 7-21 overall and 4-11 in the Big West while the Highlanders improved to 16-11 on the year and 9-5 in conference play.
Building a lead as large as eight in the early goings of the first half, the Tigers saw their freshman post, Danielle Peacon, take control in the paint, scoring eight of her 12 first half points in the first 11 minutes of the game. Using their early success down low, the Tigers played tough against the Highlanders, holding a 17-12 lead with 8:32 to play before seeing UC Riverside reverse their fortunes and take control of the half and with it the game.
Pushing back to take a one point lead with 2:42 to play, the Highlanders ran away from Pacific over the final two minutes of the opening frame, outscoring the Tigers 11-0. The big damage during the run came from the hand of TreShont Nottingham, who poured in the final eight points of the half to help UC Riverside take a 37-25 lead at the break. Overall, however, Brittany Waddell was the driving force behind the Highlanders push as she netted 18 points in the first 20:00 minutes of action.
With the double-digit deficit to try to fight back from, Pacific tried to pressure the Highlanders into mistakes in the second half. However, the veteran Riverside squad would not crack as they rolled with every run the Tigers threw at them, led by sophomore Erica McKenzie's 10 second half points. Despite their best efforts, the Tigers would see the Highlanders even push their lead to 21 with 4:28 to play, its largest point of the game. Throughout the half, the Tigers would not be able to climb any closer than the 12 point half time deficit they faced to begin the final 20 minutes of play.
McKenzie would finish the contest with a team-high 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting including hitting a trio of shots from distance. The sophomore point guard would added five rebounds and five assists to her final totals. After scoring 12 points in the first half, Peacon was held scoreless in the second frame. She added 2 rebounds on the afternoon while also blocking three shots.
For the Highlanders, Waddell led the way with a game-high 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting including hitting four three-pointers. With her eight points in the final minutes of the first half, Nottingham scored 17 points for the contest on 5-of-9 shooting.
Pacific will be back in action on Saturday, March 5 as the Tigers hit the road for the final time in the regular season for a must-win game against Cal State Northridge. The two teams face off at 4:00 pm at the Matadome.