Balanced Attack Leads Women's Hoops Over UC Davis, 86-78
Four Tigers scored in double-figures as the Pacific women's basketball held on for a 86-78 win over UC Davis Monday night. Erin Butler led Pacific with 17 points, while Madison Parrish and KiKi Moore each added 15. Sam Pettinger tallied a career-high 14 points as the Tigers improved to 2-0.
Butler connected on five-of-eight from three-point range, giving her nine treys on 14 attempts this season. Parrish hit all three of her attempts from behind the arc, and finished five-of-six from the field. Moore also handed out seven assists to go with seven rebounds, while Marjorie Heard added nine points and seven rebounds. Shanice Butler also added six points and six boards.
Pacific's defense clamped down on Davis in the second half, holding the Aggies to 35 percent shooting after UC Davis converted at a blistering 62 percent in the first half. Pacific got off to a hot-shooting start to build a 25-9 lead, shooting 91 percent in the first eight minutes. The Tigers ended up shooting 48 percent in the first half, 46 in the second, and 47 for the game (27-of-57).
Moore opened the game with a lay-up and a three before posting a steal at midcourt and a transition lay-up for seven points in less than two minutes. Erin Butler knocked down a triple from the wing for a 10-2 Pacific lead prompting an early timeout from the UC Davis bench. Madison Parrish threaded the needle with an entry pass to Kenyon for a deuce, and then added a lay-up as the Tigers stretched the lead to 17-4.
Pacific connected on 10 of its first 11 shots (91 percent) to take a 25-9 lead with 13:31 to go.
The Aggies answered with a 10-2 run before Parrish drained a three from the top of the key.
UC Davis scored nine straight points before a three-pointer from Pettinger.
Six straight free throws knotted the score at 39-39. After an offensive foul by the Tigers with 15 seconds left, Brianna Salvatore hit a three-pointer just before half to give UC Davis its first lead of the game at halftime, 42-39.
After starting the game 10-of-11 from the field, Pacific hit just four of the last 18 in the half. The Tigers still finished the half shooting a robust 48 percent, but the Aggies connected on 13-of-21 (62 percent) for the half.
Pettinger's fast-break lay-up and two free throws from Erin Butler gave the Tigers the lead back at 43-42.
Moore hit a pair of jumpers, and Parrish drained a three for a 52-43 Pacific lead. After back-to-back buckets from the Aggies, Butler hit another three.
The Tigers maintained a six-point edge as the two teams traded free throws. The Aggies pulled within four before Unique Coleman hit a three from the corner. But Salvatore answered with a three of her own as Pacific led 70-66 with 6:45 to go.
After a three from Erin Butler, Pettinger took a long outlet feed from Moore, and scored amid three Aggies for a 76-70 lead.
Fipps hit another two free throws to cut the margin to 76-73, but Butler struck for her fifth three-pointer, and Pettinger scored inside while being fouled for a 83-75 lead. The and-one free throw rimmed out, but Pettinger chased down her own rebound as the Tigers maintained possession with 1:27 to go.
A Parrish free-throw stretched the margin to 84-75, and the Tigers made the stop on defense, hitting a pair of free throws for an 86-75 lead before Sydnee Fipps posted an and-one with 15 seconds left, her last of 17 made free throws on 20 attempts in the game.
Fipps led Davis with 25 points, while Heidi Johnson added 17.
The Tigers (2-0) are averaging 90.5 points per game through two contests this season. UC Davis falls to 0-2.
Pacific will travel to the East Coast, for two games in New York next weekend. The Tigers face Iona on Friday at 4 p.m. PT, and then clash with Fordham on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT.