Stockton, Calif. - The San José State women's basketball team held a 90-88 lead with 5:47 to play, but made just two of their final 13 shots from the floor and lost to the Pacific Tigers 106-97 on Friday afternoon in the Alex G. Spanos Center.
In its first game of the 2017 Turkey Tip-Off, the Spartans (1-3) had five players in double figures led by Mikaylah Wilson's 15 points and 11 rebounds; the first double-double of her college career. On 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the three-point line, Analyss Benally had a career-high 15 points to go along with three assists and a rebound. Myzhanique Ladd was 8-of-9 from the line and finished with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. Taylor Turney scored 13 points and added a team-high four assists and Hallie Gennett scored 12 points with an assist, a steal and four boards.
SJSU weathered a scorching shooting display by Pacific (3-1) in the first quarter. In the first five minutes, UOP raced out to a 23-8 lead on 82 percent shooting (9-of-11), including 3-of-4 from three-point range. The Spartans fought back with a 16-to-8 run to finish the period sparked by a Megan Anderson a three-pointer. Wilson and Ladd had four points each, which got the Spartans to within seven, 31-24, after 10 minutes.
An 8-2 UOP run in a little under two minutes to open the second quarter pushed the lead back to 13 points, 39-26. The Spartans then went on a three-pointer binge with their next four buckets all from beyond the arc. Fieme'a Hafoka got it going and Hallie Gennett made another between two from Benally. When Wilson sank a layup with four minutes to play before the half, San José State had trimmed the Tigers advantage to three points, 45-42.
It looked like all the momentum belonged to SJSU, but the team made just two of their last seven shots of the half, were outscored 14-to-6 and trailed 59-48 after two quarters.
In the third period, San José State came out inspired and lit up the scoreboard. They hit 11-of-14 from the field (78.6 percent) including 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and knocked down 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. Benally sank three from distance and on her third of the period, brought SJSU to within five at 67-62 with 6:16 left.
The team's traded buckets for the next six minutes, with the Spartans trimming the lead to one point on three occasions. They finally took their first lead of the game on a Courtesy Clark layup with four seconds remaining and had an 80-78 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
When Cydni Lewis scored with 8:22 left, SJSU was up 84-80 and with 5:47 to go still had a 90-88 advantage. But down the stretch the Spartans offense stalled, making just 2-of-13, while UOP went 5-of-10 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line to close out the game with a 106-97 victory.
The Spartans shot season-bests from the floor, 45.2 percent (33-of-73), and from beyond the three-point line, 52.2 percent (12-of-23).
The Tigers finished with five players in double figures led by Jenelle Grant and Desire Finnie, each with 22 points, and as a team hit 40-of-79 (50.6 percent) from the floor.
The Spartans wrap up play in the Turkey Tip-Off on Saturday against Hampton. The game is scheduled to tip off at 1:00 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.
San Jose State vs Pacific
11/24/17 3:30 PM at Stockton, CA
At Stockton, CA
PACIFIC 106, SAN JOSE STATE 97
SAN JOSE STATE (1-3)
Courtesy 2-2 0-0 4; HAFOKA, Fieme'a 1-5 0-0 3; Kohlhaas, Andrea 1-2 0-0 3;
Grant,Jenelle 9-13 2-4 22; Finnie,Desire 9-17 4-5 22; Luaulu-Summers,G. 6-11
8-11 21; LI,Ameela 5-12 2-4 14; McDavid,Brooklyn 5-8 1-1 11;
Sumsion,Savannah 3-6 1-2 7; Blakeslee,Jessica 2-6 2-2 7; Lidy,Chelsea 1-3
0-0 2; King,Tylah 0-2 0-0 0; Newman,Isabel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-79 20-29
San Jose State................ 24 24 32 17 - 97
Pacific....................... 31 28 19 28 - 106
Grant,Jenelle 2-3; Blakeslee,Jessica 1-5; Luaulu-Summers,G. 1-3; King,Tylah
0-2; Finnie,Desire 0-1). Fouled out--San Jose State-BENALLY, Analyss,
Pacific-None. Rebounds--San Jose State 42 (Wilson, Mikaylah 11), Pacific 49
(Grant,Jenelle 15). Assists--San Jose State 18 (Turney, Taylor 4), Pacific
16 (Grant,Jenelle 5; LI,Ameela 5). Total fouls--San Jose State 25, Pacific
- Technical fouls--San Jose State-None, Pacific-None. A-351