Pacific Women's Basketball: Season High Treys Aren't Enough to Give Pacific Victory, Falling 99-66 at Cal Poly
With the loss, Pacific fell to 3-18 on the year and 1-9 in the Big West Conference. The Mustangs still hold on to first place in the Big West with an 8-2 conference record, as they are 15-7 overall.
The Tigers looked to make a game of the Mustangs, rebounding from the tough loss at UC Santa Barbara only two nights prior, when they nearly matched every basket made by Cal Poly in the first three minutes of the contest.
However, the Mustangs were able to distance themselves by double-digits at 15:18, when a three pointer from Ashlee Stewart gave Cal Poly a 20-8 lead. From 17:17 remaining in the half until 13:48, Cal Poly took a 14-0 run to jump out to a 25-8 lead. The Tigers tried to stop the damage at 13:08 with a trey from freshman Erica McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.). But the Mustangs continued their hot shooting at three-point range, tying an NCAA record by making their first 11-of-11 three-pointers, which had earlier been set by Texas Christian against Lamar on Mar. 3, 1996.
Cal Poly then jumped out to as much as a 29 point lead at 7:46 in the first half, before the Tigers cut that down under 20 towards the end of the half. After a lay-up from Aly Geppert at 7:46, Cal Poly held the 47-17 advantage over Pacific. The Tigers then responded with an 11-2 run over the next three and a half minutes, ending with a trey from Rogers at 4:11.
By the end of the first half, a pair of free throws from senior Emma Head (San Diego, Calif.) cut the deficit to 53-39 in favor of Cal Poly. But starting out the second half, the Mustangs used a 9-2 run to pad a 64-41 lead with 17:11 left to play in the contest.
Rogers put a halt to that at 15:54 when she split a pair of free throws, followed by a three-pointer at 14:36 to trail, 66-45. The Mustangs, then, washed that down with a 10-0 run until 11:11, to lead 79-45m, for its highest lead up until that point, of 34 points.
Pacific came back again, with threes from Rogers and sophomore Eliza Dy (Chino Hills, Calif.) at 10:17, trailing 79-51. The Mustangs were then able to close out the game, leading by as much as 35 points in the final minute of the contest, 99-64, after a jumper from Christine Martin. Junior Jennifer Fath (Carrollton, Texas) cut that down to 33 when her lay-up with 10 seconds on the clock ended a final 99-66 loss.
In the contest, senior Emma Head (San Diego, Calif.) tallied one block to cement her name in Pacific's single-season top-10 blockers. Her 26 blocks on the year ties her with alumna Karen Dawkins, for the 10th most blocks in a single season in Pacific history. On the career watch list, Head sits with 68 blocks, just shy of tying Dawkins for the No. 7 spot, as she sits there with 71 career blocks.
Both Rogers and Dy led Pacific with career-highs of 16 and 14 points, respectively, after Rogers netted five three-pointers in front of Dy's four. Rachel Clancy led Cal Poly with 23 points off a perfect 5-for-5 three-point shooting.
As a team, Pacific set a season high 14 three pointers and a season high 35 attempts, breaking the previous figure of 9-for-34 established against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 9, 2010.
Pacific next returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 11, when they host UC Davis for a 7 p.m. tip-off.