Pacific Women's Basketball Erupts For 13 3-pointers, 75-62 Win At BYU
Sam Pettinger and Hailie Eackles scored career highs as University of the Pacific women's basketball team downed BYU 75-62 Thursday night. The Tigers lit it up from behind the three-point line, with a season-high 13 threes while connecting at over 48 percent.
Pettinger led the Tigers with 16 points, while Eackles hit for 14. Madison Parrish added 15 points and a career-high nine assists. Erin Butler chipped in nine points, with Marjorie Heard and KiKi Moore each posting seven points.
The Tigers won their first West Coast Conference game in program history, and improved to 6-7 overall and 1-2 in WCC play. Pacific handed the Cougars their second loss of the season. BYU falls to 12-2 overall and 2-1 in WCC play.
Pacific had connected on nine of their previous 57 attempts from three-point range, but drilled 13-of-27 (.481) from long distance, including nine of their first 15.
BYU's 6-7 center Jennifer Hamson finished with 22 points, and the Tigers were out-rebounded, 38-29. But Pacific forced 21 turnovers while committing just 14 themselves.
Moore's three-pointer gave Pacific an early 3-2 lead. Sam Pettinger added a three from the wing and lay-up on a long outlet pass for an 8-5 lead. Erin Butler added a three, and Eackles' drive to the rim provided a 13-8 advantage with 15:53 left in the first. BYU answered back with a pair of finishes inside to close Pacific's lead to 16-14.
Pettinger's three-pointer put Pacific on top, 22-16, with 8:20 left. Kristina Johnson drove to the rack for a bucket and Madison Parrish added a three-pointer to give the Tigers a seven-point lead, 27-20.
The Cougars posted a pair of baskets inside including a put-back from Hamson to close the gap to three, and a long jumper capped a 6-0 run.
Eackles responded by knocking down a three-pointer, and Parrish beat the shot clock with a kiss off the glass after a scramble in the paint. Marjorie Heard connected on a three-pointer and after a defensive stop, Butler drained her third trey of the game for a 38-29 halftime lead.
Pacific shot 45 percent in the first half, but connected on 9-of-15 from three-point range. The Tigers entered the game with nine made three pointers on their previous 57 attempts. Butler led the Tigers with nine points at the break, with Pettinger chipping in eight. The Tigers negated a 21-12 rebounding advantage by BYU by outscoring the Cougars 12-3 off turnovers as Pacific forced 12 BYU miscues.
In the second half, Parrish opened the scoring with a floater and Pettinger connected from the corner as Pacific surged ahead 43-29 with an 11-1 run spanning halftime.
Hamson finished off a lob pass twice as and added an and-one as the Cougars pulled within 8, 44-36. But Pettinger drove and finished in the lane. BYU responded with six straight, closing the gap to 46-42 with 9:37 left.
Eackles beat the shot clock with a three-pointer, but Hamson answered on the other end. Pettinger and Eackles each struck for three-pointers, with another Hamson bucket sandwiched in between. Kenyon scored off the feed from Johnson, and Heard scored in the paint as the Tigers restored an 13-point lead with 5:45 left.
Moore found Heard underneath as Pacific led 62-48 with 3:29 remaining. BYU forced a pair of turnovers and cut the Tigers' lead to 65-55 with 1:41 left.
Pacific hit 15-of-21 free throws in the second half to seal the victory.
The Tigers will take on 14-0 San Diego on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Toreros Jenny Craig Pavilion.