Pacific Women's Hoops Downs East Bay In Exhibition Opener
Junior Kendall Kenyon scored 18 points to go with 14 rebounds, as the Pacific women's basketball team downed Cal State East Bay in an exhibition game at the Alex G. Spanos Center Friday, 66-62.
Kenyon connected on eight of 10 from the field, and added a pair of blocks and three steals. Senior guard KiKi Moore added 11 points with seven assists, six rebounds and three steals, while guard Kristina Johnson added seven points in 11 minutes.
The Tigers never trailed in the second half, but the Pioneers kept the margin close by out-converting the Tigers from the free throw line, 71 percent to 59 percent. The officials broke in new whistles for the 2013-14 season, calling 59 personal fouls in the game.
Pacific shot an uncharacteristic 2-of-19 from three-point range (10.5 percent) after shooting 36 percent last season (29th in the NCAA).
East Bay opened up with a 12-4 lead early, but Pacific reeled off an 15-2 run over the next 4:56 four points each from Johnson and senior Shanice Butler. The first half featured six ties and seven lead changes, as free throws from Johnson and Erin Butler in the final seconds gave the Tigers a 31-30 lead at the break.
Pacific opened the second half with an 8-0 run as Madison Parrish hit four free throws and Kenyon hit a jumper. The Pioneers pulled within five, but Moore answered by driving to the hoop, drawing a four for two free throws and hitting a pull-up jumper for a 45-36 lead.
Again, East Bay came back to within four, but Moore struck again and found Kenyon inside for a lay-in. After free throws from East Bay, back-to-back fast-break lay-ups from Moore to Kenyon and a free throw from Unique Coleman gave Pacific its' largest lead at 59-49 with 5:08 remaining.
Senior Sam Pettinger gave the Tigers breathing room with the Tigers' second three of the game with 2:25 left for a 62-53 advantage, and free throws decided the final margin.
Pacific shot 35 percent for the game (20-of-57), while East Bay connect at a 33 percent clip (17-of-51). The Tigers out-rebounded the Pioneers 46-42, and outscoring East Bay in the paint, 36-22.
The Tigers open the regular season next Friday, at 7 p.m. against Cal State Stanislaus in the Spanos Center.