Pacific women dealt their first loss this season in overtime

The Pacific women’s basketball team had its season-opening six-game win streak snapped last Tuesday during a road trip to California, falling 50-47 in overtime against UC Santa Cruz.

The Boxers led 27-17 at halftime but watched as the host Banana Slugs whittled it down in the second half, eventually taking a 44-42 lead with just over a minute remaining. Pacific tied the game and forced overtime on Kaila Johnson’s jumper with 14 seconds left.

In the extra period, UC Santa Cruz went ahead on a three-pointer by Taylor Willis, and Sarah Mackey iced the win with a pair of free throws. Mackey had a game-high 20 points and six blocked shots.

Pacific (7-1) was led by senior Heather Hitch, who had 14 points and seven rebounds. Alex Pfefferle added 13 points.

The California trip wasn’t a total wash, however, as the Boxers posted victories over UC Merced and North Park (Ill.) in their other two games.

Pacific opened with a 63-44 win over UC Merced on Sunday, getting a season-high 11 points from Katie Sheldon. Paige Jensen added a double-double in only eight minutes of action, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

The Boxers followed Tuesday’s loss to UC Santa Cruz with an impressive 60-43 victory over North Park.

Jensen keyed an 11-0 Pacific run to start the second half with seven points in the first five minutes of play. She finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Johnson led the Boxers with 13 points on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range, and Hitch also cracked double figures with 10 points.

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