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Women's Basketball Falls At Home 75-67

Dec. 3, 2006

Box Score

Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's women's basketball team fell at home to the Pacific Tigers 75-67 Sunday afternoon from McKeon Pavilion. Senior forward Eghosa Obaiza led the Gaels on the floor and on the glass with 14 points and nine rebounds. After the day, Saint Mary's falls to 2-5 on the season.

On top of Obaiza's near double-double, junior guard Lauren Shaughnessy added 11 points and four assists while sophomore guard Jontelle Smith poured in 11 and also added four assists.

Sophomore Karen Dawkins posted a career-high 26 points on the day and grabbed 13 rebounds to post her fourth double-double of the season for the Tigers. Also getting in on the action at the glass, sophomore Whitney Price pulled down a career-best 14 rebounds.

Saint Mary's held an early lead all the way up to the 12-minute mark in the first half but Pacific evened the score at eight and never looked back.

The Tigers went on a 24-10 run to close out the half. Pacific shot 41-percent on 12-of-29 shooting in the period. The Gaels staggered at a 29-percent clip on 7-of-24 shooting.

Saint Mary's though rallied in the second half and out-scored Pacific 49-43. The Gaels shot 50-percent in the period to finish the game at a 42-percent mark.

SMC pulled to within nine making the score 44-53 with 10:44 left but UP held off the surging Gaels matching baskets down the stretch.

Junior guard Serena Benavente chipped in with six points and a game-high six assists while senior forward Sheridan Arredondo added five points and six boards.

Kelsey Lavender added 16 points for Pacific on an impressive 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Three other Tigers chipped in eight apiece.

Saint Mary's will return to action when it heads down to San Diego to face the Aztecs. Tip-off is scheduled for Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m. from Cox Arena.