Tigers Fall To No. 21 Gonzaga Despite Four In Double-Figures
No. 21 Gonzaga dropped University of the Pacific women's basketball team to 0-2 in the West Coast Conference with a 83-68 win Monday in the Alex G. Spanos Center. KiKi Moore posted a season-high with 24 points, while Kendall Kenyon turned in her ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Hailie Eackles tied her career-high with 11 points, while Madison Parrish added 10.
Gonzaga, ranked No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll (falling from No. 24 in the AP Poll last week), shot 57 percent from the field (29-of-51), while the Tigers shot 37 percent from the field. Pacific outscored the Bulldogs 38-26 in the paint, out-rebounded Gonzaga 36-34, and committed one fewer turnover. But the Gonzaga conversion rate from the field kept the Tigers from their first WCC victory.
Pacific falls to 5-7 overall, 0-2 in WCC action while Gonzaga rebounds to 1-1 in the WCC and 11-3 overall.
Parrish opened the scoring with a three-pointer, but Gonzaga scored the next eight points, including back-to-back three pointers. Kenyon tallied a second-chance jumper and Moore drove to the rack as the Tigers pulled within 10-7.
Hayden Palmer hit a three as Gonzaga embarked on a 13-0 run to stretch the lead to 23-9 with 9:26 left in the first. The Bulldogs hit 12 of their first 20 field goals, while the Tigers converted just four of their first 16 attempts.
After Gonzaga stretched the lead to 20, 33-13, Parrish and Moore posted back-to-back lay-ups and Kenyon scored inside. Kenyon added a pair of free throws as the 8-0 Pacific run cut the Tigers deficit to a dozen. Palmer rattled home a pull-up jumper, but Moore answered with a drive to the hook and after a steal and Kenyon finish, the Tigers were within 10, at 35-25, to cap a 12-2 run.
After an offensive foul on the Tigers and a technical to the Pacific bench, Gonzaga took a 14-point lead, but Hailie Eackles finished a baseline drive while being fouled as the Tigers pulled to within 43-32 at the half.
Gonzaga shot 63 percent in the first half, hitting 17 of 27 from the field. Pacific forced 13 turnovers, but committed 12 miscues themselves while shooting 40 percent (12-of-30).
Marjorie Heard's offensive rebound and put-back brought Pacific within 10 early in the second half. But Gonzaga scored six-straight points to restore a 57-41 advantage. An 8-0 run gave the Bulldogs a 67-44 lead with 10:10 remaining before Eackles scored on a lay-up. Gonzaga held the Tigers at bay, as Pacific slowly trimmed the lead to 77-62 with 3:25 to go.
Kenyon scored inside as Pacific pulled within 12, at 80-68, but the Tigers ran out of time as Gonzaga hit three free throws to settle on the final margin.
Heard finished with a season-high 10 rebounds and two assists. The Tigers finished with a season-low five assists. The Tigers will hit the road to face BYU Thursday (6 p.m. PT, on BYUTV) and San Diego on Saturday (2 p.m.).