Women's Hoops Plays Host To LBSU Wednesday

Pacific's bench reacts to a defensive stop. The Tigers held UNC to 29.7 shooting for the game (photo by Reagan Lunn)
Pacific's bench reacts to a defensive stop. The Tigers held UNC to 29.7 shooting for the game (photo by Reagan Lunn)
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Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team finally welcomes an opponent to the Alex G. Spanos Center as former conference foe Long Beach State visits Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

The Tigers (4-2) will face their former conference mate from the Big West in their first home game of the season after starting the 2015-16 campaign with six-straight on the road. Pacific's road trip covered 7,963 miles and saw the Tigers post wins at Cal State Bakersfield, UC Davis, North Carolina and Gardner-Webb.

Pacific's most recent trip saw the Tigers down a 2015 NCAA Elite Eight team in North Carolina, as the Tigers executed their game plan to dispatch the Tar Heels, 66-63.

At Gardner-Webb, GeAnna Luaulu-Summers scored 37 points with 10 assists, both career highs. With her 11 points and seven rebounds in a win at North Carolina, the West Coast Conference recognized her with Player of the Week honors Monday. Her 37 points at Gardner-Webb were the fourth most in a game in program history, behind only 46 by Kate McAllister (vs Long Beach State; 2/23/96), 43 by Eden Palacio (at Long Beach State; 2/28/98), and 39 by Natasha Norris (Fresno State; 3/8/92). Luaulu-Summers set the Tigers' records for free throws made (19) and attempted (22) in a single game.

Her 10 assists gave her a double-double for the first time in her career. And the 10 assists set up 25 points, giving her a hand in 62 of 84 Pacific points.

Pacific faces a Long Beach State squad which enters at 5-1 overall, and coming off back-to-back wins. The 49ers have wins over San Diego State, Portland State, Houston, Northern Arizona and Northwestern State. Their lone loss came to Louisiana State in Baton Rouge.

The 49ers lead the all-time series, including last year's meeting at the LBSU Holiday Beach Classic at Walter Pyramid, but the Tigers have won eight of the last 11.

Pacific will offer video streaming of Wednesday's game,free and in high definition, on TheW.tv.


MORE PACIFIC NOTES

DON'T FORGET DESIRE
Desire Finnie tied her career high as she scored 17 points at Gardner-Webb. For the week she averaged 14.5 points off the bench after posting 12 in a win at UNC.

CAN'T CATCH A TIGER
The Tigers led Gardner-Webb from the first bucket on, as Pacific scored 16 seconds in and led for the next 39:44.

LOCKDOWN D ON TOBACCO ROAD
Pacific held UNC to just 29.7 percent shooting for the game. It was the seventh time in the last five years Pacific has held an opponent under 30 percent.

CLAYTON DOUBLES UP ON NORTH CAROLINA
Mauriana Clayton posted her first Division I double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds against North Carolina. It was the first double-double by a Tiger this season.

THIRD QUARTER DOMINANCE
The Tigers posted a 20-10 third quarter on North Carolina, and even spotted the Tar Heels the first four points of the period. The Tigers used a 10-0 run over 2:46 to turn a 3 point deficit into a 7-point lead and the Tigers never trailed again.

ANOTHER THREE
Pacific has hit a three-pointer in 200 consecutive games dating back to 2009 (Feb 19 against UC Santa Barbara). Pacific has hit at least one three-pointer in all but 14 games (815 of 829 games) since the rule was introduced at the start of the 1987-88 season.

EACKLES HITS 20, AGAIN
Hailie Eackles posted her fifth and sixth career 20-point games back to back. At Montana she scored with 21 points, and she tied her career high at Utah State with 24 points. Eackles, a Preseason All-WCC selection, has scored in double-figures in 11 of her last 12  games.

LIVE BY THE THREE...
Pacific is shooting .358 from deep in wins this year (34-of-95) and .291 in their losses (15-of-51) (.294). In 2014-15, Pacific shot .362 from three-point range in 21 wins (172-of-475) and .287 in 10 losses (66-of-230).

WIN THE BATTLE, WIN THE WAR
In the last four years, Pacific is 71-31 (.697) when winning the turnover battle. The Tigers won it at UNC and Gardner-Webb after being tied twice and trailing in the first four games.