Pacific Women's Basketball Wears Out Eastern Washington, 64-51
Pacific's defense led the women's basketball team to a 64-51 win over Eastern Washington Sunday, as the Tigers limited the Eagles to just six second half field goals.
Kendall Kenyon and Sam Pettinger each tallied 11 points. Kenyon posted a double-double with 10 rebounds, while Pettinger's 11 set a new career high. The balanced Pacific attack received nine points from Erica McKenzie (on three-of-five from three-point range), eight from Gena Johnson, who added four assists, and eight from Claire Conricode, who added a pair of threes.
"Our defense in the second half was the difference," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "We really didn't play all that well in the first half, and came out a little sluggish, especially on the defensive end. So I challenged them at half time, and they really responded."
Pacific held EWU to just four makes on their first 25 attempts in the second half before a pair of late buckets with the game out of reach. The Tigers' allowed just six field goals for the half, holding Eastern Washington to 22 percent shooting after halftime.
In the first half, the Tigers fell behind 14-4 in the early going, but fought their way back from behind the arc. Kendall Rodriguez and McKenzie drained a threes as Pacific pulled within three. After EWU's Carrie Ojeda scored from the paint, Johnson connected for a three.
Conricode's second three tied the game at 29-29, and McKenzie hit a another triple to give Pacific its first lead of the game just before halftime.
The Tigers connected on 8-of-13 from three-point range in the half, to enter break tied at 33-33.
In the second half, Pacific opened with a 7-0 run and never looked back. The Tigers finally found a way inside -- they tallied just three baskets in the paint in the first half -- as Sam Pettinger and Kenyon each posted lay-ups. Kenyon scored again to stretch the advantage to nine.
The Tigers scored eight consecutive points to build a 15-point lead, as Wakefield and Johnson each tallied from the paint and Conricode knocked down two free throws.
All the while, the Pacific defense frustrated the Eagles, holding Eastern Washington to 18 total points.
Ojeda, who led the Eagles with nine points and nine rebounds in the first half, hit just one of five shooting in the second frame. She finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds.
The Tigers shot 46 percent in the second half (12-of-26) and 41 percent for the game (23-of-56).
Pacific improves to 2-0 on the season and will return to the Spanos Center on Thursday to face Nevada at 7 p.m.