Tigers Run Over Notre Dame de Namur, 102-41
Posting their third largest win in program history, University of the Pacific women's basketball team ran away from Notre Dame de Namur (NDNU), 102-41, on their way to a 61-point victory on Saturday, Nov. 30. The win for the Tigers was their second-straight and moved their record to 4-2 on the season.
En route to their first 100-point scoring day of the season, the Tigers grabbed a handful of season best efforts out of some of their newest faces. Led by KiKi Moore's 20 points, the Tigers put five players in double figures. Right behind Moore was Kendall Kenyon who finished her day with 19 points in just 19 minutes of action. She added on 12 rebounds to post her fourth double-double of the season. Not to be outdone, the other Tiger bigs, Marjorie Heard and Shanice Butler, each posted season-best performances in the paint with Heard tallying a career-best 18 points while Butler added 10. Overall the Tigers scored 60 of their 102 points in the paint.
Outside, senior guard Sam Pettinger finished her day with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting to round out Pacific's top scorers. Pettinger also added a pair of steals to Pacific's season-best 28 steals in the contest while forcing 38 NDNU turnovers. The guards for the Tigers proved to be too quick for the Argonauts led by freshman Madison Parrish's career-best five steal effort.
For the Tigers, the game was over almost immediately out of the gates as Pacific ran out to a 9-0 lead just over two minutes into the game and never looked back. Throughout the half, the Tigers held the Argonauts scoreless for minutes on end, using their superior size and quickness to hound NDNU into mistakes. Pacific would led by 21 at the break, up 41-20, despite shooting just 35.9% from the field.
Out of the lockerroom, the Tigers kicked it up another notch on both ends of the court as they held the Argonauts to just six points through the first 11 minutes of the half. During the time, the Tigers more than doubled their lead as the shots that were not falling early began to find the bottom of the net hitting on 56.8% of their second half shots. Over the final nine minutes of the contest, the Tigers pushed their lead to as much as 63 points before finally settling on the 61-point final margin after neither team scored during the final minute of play.
The Tigers improved to 4-0 in the Spanos Center on the year and have won 18 of 21 at home.
Pacific hits the road to play the No. 20 Cal Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif., at 2 p.m. Dec. 7.