Redlands Women's Basketball Completes Second Half Comeback at Pacific (Ore.)

Redlands Women's Basketball Completes Second Half Comeback at Pacific (Ore.)

Game Highlights

FOREST GROVE, Ore. – The University of Redlands Women's Basketball team ended their trip to the Pacific Northwest Saturday edging Pacific University (OR) 67-66 in a come from behind victory all thanks to freshman forward Aliyah Anderson (Oceanside, CA) who converted an and one play with :07 seconds remaining that lifted the Bulldogs to their third win on the season.

Redlands has now won three of their last four and complete the clean sweep on their road trip against a pair of Northwest Conference schools.  The game with the Boxers included eight ties and forty lead changes with the Maroon and Grey seeing five players record double digit scoring efforts. 

The Bulldogs got off to a quick start with a 6-2 lead in the opening two plus minutes as Hannah Jerrier (Canton, MA) and Colbi Zorich (Kenmore, WA) each connected inside. 

The Boxers were able to respond and took the lead for the first time at the 2:38 mark. Pacific then extended their lead to three with :13 seconds remaining in the quarter, but Alyssa Downs (South San Francisco, CA) made two free throws to cut the deficit to one, 18-17, after the first 10 minutes.

Anderson made a pair of layups on the Bulldogs opening two possessions of the second quarter to claim the lead right back at 21-18.  But after that UR managed just eight points the rest of the way as they trailed by three at the break, 32-29.

In the third quarter the Bulldogs saw themselves with their largest deficit of the game at seven, 40-33, as they had only scored twelve points over the previous 11:54. After the slow start to begin the period they would go on an ensuing 14-6 run sparked by three triples from Leah Tan (Alhambra, CA), Chyanne Pagkalinawan (Valencia, CA), and Downs to take a three-point lead, 49-46.   

After a great finish to the third, Tan came out and hit a triple to give the Bulldogs a 52-46 lead in the first minute of the fourth. Just over three minutes later Redlands looked like they would keep the momentum but it wouldn't hold as the Boxers would score ten of the next thirteen points to go in front 56-55. 

With under two minutes to play the Bulldogs conceded a layup, which put Pacific up one again, this time at 63-62.  But after that the UR defense allowed just two points the rest of the way, while scoring five points to get the win. Jerrier made a jumper with 1:23 left and Anderson converted an and-one with only seven seconds remaining.  Now Pacific had an opportunity to force overtime with :02 seconds left as Alexis Intong drew a shooting foul, but she was only able to make one of two free throws allowing Redlands to escape with the win. 

Jerrier posted her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds along with seven assists, four blocks, and two steals. Off the bench Anderson had 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting in only 15 minutes. Pagkalinawan, Downs, and Zorich were the other players in double figures with 13, 12, and 10 points respectively.  Zorich also had nine rebounds, all on the defensive end, while Downs chipped in with four assists. 

Redlands shot 46.6% from the field and an impressive 53.8% from deep.  They held the advantage on the glass 38-32, totaled 28 points in the paint and added 17 assists.   

The Bulldogs will prepare for another road game and their first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) match-up at Occidental College this Wednesday, November 30 beginning at 5:30 p.m.