Pacific Women's Hoops Rolls Over Santa Clara, 88-68
Kendall Kenyon turned in her 11th double-double and Hailie Eackles added a career-high 17 points as University of the Pacific ran away from Santa Clara, 88-68, Saturday afternoon at the Leavey Center.
Pacific clamped down defensively in the second half turning an eight-point game into a comfortable win to improve to 8-8 overall and 3-3 in West Coast Conference play. KiKi Moore added 11 points and five assists, while Erin Butler chipped in 10 points and four steals. Kenyon finished with 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting, and hauled in 10 rebounds for her 30th career double-double. Unique Coleman added a career-high seven points and Marjorie Heard grabbed 10 boards to co-lead the Tigers.
Ryta Zurauskyte scored a team-high 16 points for Santa Clara, which falls to 6-10 overall and 2-3 in WCC play.
Pacific forced 24 turnovers and held Santa Clara to 32 second half points.
The Broncos opened to an 8-2 lead as Pacific connected on one of the first five shot attempts. Hailie Eackles knocked down a triple from the wing, and Erin Butler added a three-pointer as the Tigers pulled within 11-8.
Kenyon knocked down a jumper, and Butler's second three gave Pacific a 13-12 lead. Unique Coleman's lay-up gave the Tigers a 22-18 lead. The Broncos scored three straight, but Parrish drained a three--pointer to restore a four-point lead.
Madison Parrish hit a floater in the lane as the Tigers held a 31-27 lead with 5:27 left in the first.
The Tigers took their largest lead of the half on a Parrish three-pointer, but Santa Clara answered right back with a deuce inside as Pacific lead 42-36. Eackles knocked down a jumper in the waning seconds of the half as the Tigers led 44-36 at halftime.
Eackles led all scorers at the break with 11 points, while Parrish and Butler each chipped in eight and Coleman posted a career-high by intermission with seven. Both teams shot 45.2 percent in the first half (14-of-31), while the Tigers forced 12 turnovers and recorded eight steals.
Santa Clara scored first to open the second half, but Kenyon answered with a baseline jumper and Eackles knocked down a three for a 49-40 lead. Kenyon scored eight-straight points as Pacific stretched the margin to 57-42 with 16:21 left, prompting a timeout from the Santa Clara bench.
Pacific hit nine of the first 11 attempts in the second half, building a 17-point lead.
Moore knocked down six free throws as the Tigers led by 23, and the Tigers cruised home from there.
Pacific returns to the Spanos Center to face Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m. Thursday.