Tigers Drop Regular Season Finale To Cal Poly
Junior Kendall Rodriguez led four Tigers in double figures but it was not enough as the Pacific women's basketball team fell to visiting Cal Poly, 88-66, Saturday, Mar. 3, in a Big West game at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Pacific (16-12, 9-7 Big West) finishes third in the Big West, the highest finish since the 2003-04 season. The Tigers will visit fourth-seeded UC Davis on Tuesday, Mar. 6, in the first round of the Big West Tournament. The Aggies also lost today, but hold the tiebreaker over Pacific after sweeping the season series.
Rodriguez collected her sixth double-double of the season, recording 17 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Gena Johnson added 15 points while junior guard Erica McKenzie chipped in with 11 points while registering five assists and five rebounds. Sophomore guard Sam Pettinger scored a career-high 10 points.
The Tigers jumped out to a quick 5-2 lead behind a jumper from McKenzie and a three-point play from Gena Johnson. Cal Poly (16-13, 12-4 BWC) was able to take a one-point lead, 6-5, on a jumper from Kristina Santiago at the 17:27 mark, but Pacific answered with another five points to go up 10-6.
The Mustangs responded with a 16-3 run spanning more than four minutes, extending their lead to nine, 22-13, with 9:49 left in the half. Pacific ripped off nine straight points to knot the game at 22-22 before the visitors went back on top by four, 28-24, at the 6:12 mark. A Rodriguez trey gave the Tigers a 30-28 advantage with 5:08 left but Cal Poly scored 11 of the final 13 points of the half to take a 39-32 advantage into the break.
The late run proved to be the difference, as Pacific would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way. The Mustangs led by as many as 26 points before settling for the 22-point win.
The Tigers outrebounded Cal Poly 41-35 and grabbed a season-high 24 offensive rebounds that they turned into 22 second-chance points.
Senior forward Christina Thompson played her last game in the Spanos Center, finishing with two points and four rebounds.
Cal Poly's Santiago led all scorers with 33 points, 23 of which came in the first half. She shot a blistering 13-of-16 from the field and added 10 rebounds.