FOREST GROVE – The Pacific women’s basketball team continues to stay perfect on the season after a 57-31 victory over Evergreen State on Tuesday evening at CRC Gymnasium.
The Geoducks led the game 3-2 at the 18:14 mark in the first half, their only lead of the game. The Boxers tied it up 3-3 when Paige Jensen (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.) stole the ball and was fouled by Randi Boseman. Jensen went to the charity stripe to make her first free throw.
The Boxers largest lead of the first half came with less than three minutes to go in the half. A missed jumper and a defense board by Jensen led to a Kaila Johnson (So., McKinleyville, Calif.)layup putting the Boxers up by eight.
Boseman would foul again right before half, putting Jensen back to the free throw line. She would miss her first, but made her second. The Boxers would head into halftime with a seven-point lead, leading the Geoducks 22-15.
Less than four minutes into the second half, the Boxers scored seven points to take a 14-point lead. Heather Hitch (Sr.,Enumclaw, Wash.) opened the second half with a jumper, Jensen with the assist. Johnson shot to put the Boxers up by 11 at the 18:16 minute mark. After a foul by Jessica Denmon, Hitch was sent making her first free throw to make the score 29-15.
The Boxers took a 20-point lead with less than 14 minutes left to play when Johnson hit a jumper. Nani Ostrom (So., Juneau, Alaska) ended the game for the Boxers making both of her free throws after a foul by Sammi Clark.
The Boxers shot 57.9 percent in the second half, ending the game shooting 51.3 percent. The Boxers were 4 for 11 from beyond the arc and shot 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The Boxers out-rebounded the Geoducks 37-26 and forced the Geoducks to turn the ball over 21 times.
Jensen led the Boxers with 16 points and seven rebounds. She also tallied five assists and seven steals in 31 minutes of play. Johnson added nine points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Alex Pfefferle (Jr., Twin Falls, Idaho) and Olivia Cook (So., Beaverton, Ore.) each scored eight points. Pfefferle added six boards.
“Our team played solid defensively and executed the game plan well,” said Head Coach Sharon Rissmiller. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team for completing a tough ten-day stretch, which included four games. To compete the way we did collectively this evening on the road and heading into finals week is a fantastic accomplishment.”
The Boxers (5-0) will continue on the road as they will travel down to California to play three games. Their first match up is on Dec. 16 against UC Merced. Tip off is at 5 p.m.