Pacific Women's Hoops Falls At Long Beach, 73-60
Long Beach State's torrid start was too much for the Pacific women's basketball team to overcome Thursday night, as the 49ers earned a 73-60 Big West victory at Walter Pyramid. Freshman guard Gena Johnson (Elk Grove, Calif.) scored a career-high 19 points for Pacific.
Courtney Jacob tallied a season-high 23 points for the 49ers, as Long Beach State shot 57 percent in the first half to establish a 20-point advantage and while Pacific held the 49ers to 27 percent shooting in the second half, the Tigers mustered just 32 percent themselves as they couldn't overcome a 23-point halftime deficit.
Freshman forward Danielle Peacon (Sparks, Nev.) hit double-figures with 10 points, while a trio of players hit seven - senior guard Jennifer Fath (Carrollton, Texas), sophomore forward Kendall Rodriguez (La Habra, Calif.) and freshman guard Sam Pettinger (Everett, Wash.). Pettinger's seven points tied her career-high, set against San Diego. Junior center Christina Thompson chipped in five points for Pacific.
The Tigers, after out-rebounding the 49ers 42-28 in a 76-65 Pacific win on Jan. 15, were out-rebounded on the night 46-40. Pacific forced 27 turnovers, but committed 25 themselves. The Tigers also left points on the free throw line, hitting 19 of 33 from the stripe. Long Beach tallied 24 points on 36 free throw attempts.
Long Beach State improves to 5-17 overall, 3-6 in the Big West, while Pacific falls to 5-15 overall, 2-5 in the Big West.
Pacific fell behind 10-4 in the early going as Valles knocked down a three pointer. The 49ers crashed the boards early, posting a pair of put-backs, and established a 27-9 lead thanks to three straight three-pointers from Jacob.
The Tigers trimmed the gap to 29-14 on a lay-up from Johnson and a pair of free throws by Kendall Rodrguez. Long Beach State connected on 14 of their first 23 attempts (61 percent) to establish a 20 point lead, at 40-20 and led 49-26 at the half.
The 49ers shot 58 percent (15-of-26) in the first half, as Jacob reached her season high in the first 20 minutes, missing just once from the field. Pacific shot 36 percent in the first frame (10-of-28), while hitting one of eight three-point attempts. The 49ers owned a 20-15 edge on the glass, and tallied 16 points off 14 Pacific turnovers. The Tigers forced 11 turnovers by Long Beach State, but converted those into just nine points.
Peacon led Pacific at the break with eight points, while Johnson tallied six.
In the second half, Pacific got its offense going as Peacon and Johnson cut to the rim, Peacon accepting a pair of inside feeds for a pair of baskets, while Johnson drove to the hoop as Pacific cut the margin to 19, 59-40, with 11:55 to go.
Pacific whittled the lead down to 15, as a plethora of fouls on each side put both teams in the bonus with 12 minutes remaining. Sam Pettinger knocked down a three-pointer and the Tigers fifth-straight conversation on the front end of a one-and-one, this time from Garza, cut the gap to 50-44.
But the 49ers hit five-for-seven from the free throw line with a lay-up from Ella Clark in between to restore a 20-point advantage, 67-47, with 6:43 to go. Johnson tallied inside, but Jazmyne Porter's free throws answered for a 72-52 edge with 4:22 remaining, and Pacific ended the game on a 8-1 run to set the final margin at 13.
Johnson added six rebounds and also blocked two shots in the ball game, while freshman forward Taryn Garza (Modesto, Calif.) grabbed a career-high and team-leading nine rebounds.
Pacific's road trip continues Saturday at 5 p.m. at UC Riverside.