Women's Hoops Stunned By Portland In OT

Women's Hoops Stunned By Portland In OT

STOCKTON, Calif. - Chelsea Lidy scored 21 points while Emily Simons posted her second double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 rebounds, but Portland stunned the Pacific women's basketball team with a 78-71 overtime win, snapping the Tigers eight-game win streak over the Pilots Thursday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

GeAnna Luaulu-Summers scored 18 points, including the three free throws with 1.4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and also added five assists against just one turnover. Simons chipped in four assists, four steals and a pair of blocked shots, while Ameela Li tallied seven points, two assists and two steals.

But Portland shot 60 percent in the fourth quarter, outscoring Pacific 25-18, including the Pilots first lead since 2-0 at 64-63 with 58 seconds in regulation. The Pilots hit five-straight baskets down the stretch and the Tigers answered with four-straight before Luaulu-Summers and Kaylie Van Loo traded jumpers. After a pair of free throws stretched Portland's lead to 67-64 with 1.7 seconds left, the Tigers called a timeout to advance the ball to mid-court and Luaulu-Summers was fouled shooting a three with 1.4 seconds left. Luaulu-Summers, who has been ranked in the top 15 in the NCAA in free throw shooting the entire season, hit all three to force overtime.

In the extra session, the Pilots scored the first four points from the free throw line, and led by six with 1:15 to go. The Tigers cut the deficit in half on a three from Li, and put the right shooters on the line as Portland missed four-of-six free throws. But the Tigers couldn't connect on their final four shots, with Portland hitting three of their final four free throws to seal the overtime win.

Pacific forced 23 turnovers leading to 23 points, while Portland turned 14 Pacific miscues into just nine points. The Tigers were out-rebounded 44-34, but led in second chance points, 8-5, and also held the advantage in fast break points and bench points.

Portland snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Tigers, who hadn't been topped by Portland since the Tigers first-ever West Coast Conference game back in December of 2013.

Portland opened the scoring from the free throw line before Lidy answered with a drive and Luaulu-Summers posted an and-one in transition. Lidy added a jumper for a 7-2 Pacific lead.  But the Pilots answered with three-straight buckets for a 9-7 lead. Jenelle Grant tied the game with jumper from outside the paint and Callie Owens added a pull-up jumper for an 11-9 lead. Desire Finnie drained a three-pointer and Simons finished inside as the Tigers capped a 9-0 run to lead 16-9 after the first quarter.

In the second, Eli Lopez Sagrera hit a baseline jumper and Luaulu-Summers added another and-one as Pacific stretched the lead to 21-10. Portland answered with a 7-2 run, holding the Tigers to just a pair of free throws from Owens. The Pilots tacked on from the free throw line, cutting within four. Lidy scored while getting fouled and the free throw restored a five-point lead. The Tigers carried a 27-23 lead into half time as each team struggled from the field in the second quarter. Pacific hit 3-of-14 while Portland connected on 5-of-18 in the quarter.

The Tigers forced 14 turnovers in the first half, and turned the miscues into 14 points.

Lidy posted a pair of buckets early in the third as Pacific stretched the advantage to 33-25. Luaulu-Summers hit a three-pointer for a 38-32 lead, but Kaylie Van Loo struck back with a pull-up jumper and Julie Spencer brought the Pilots within a bucket at 38-36. Van Loo tied the game with a pair of free throws with 2:43 to go in the third, but Grant canned a corner three to put the Tigers back in front, 41-38.  Ameela Li hit a three from the opposite corner as the Tigers led 49-42 after the third.

In the fourth, the Pilots trimmed the gap to 50-47 before Lidy hit a jumper from the corner for a 52-47 lead. After a block by Simons, Lidy added another jumper. Van Loo converted from the baseline to bring Portland back within four and Spencer converted an and-one with 3:52 to go to claw within one, 54-53. Simons tallied a put-back for a three-point advantage, but the Van Loo drove and finished while being fouled to tie the game at 56-56. Grant fed Simons inside for an easy bucket and after Spencer scored for the Pilots, Lidy drove and finished for a 60-58 lead with 2:08 to go.

Van Loo answered with another jumper, but Lidy delivered another jumper from the corner to put Pacific up 62-60. Holly Blades struck back with three-pointer for the Pilots' first lead since 2-0. Luaulu-Summers hit a pull-up jumper with 29 seconds remaining, but Van Loo responded with a jumper of her own from the paint with 13 seconds to play. Pacific had the ball knocked loose into the corner, and flipped a shot to the rim to avoid being trapped, but the rebound went to the Pilots. Spencer hit a pair of free throws with 1.7 seconds to go and the Tigers advanced the ball with a timeout. Luaulu-Summers was fouled attempting a game-tying three and hit all three free throws to tie the game at 67-67.

In overtime, both teams posted a pair of stops before the Pilots picked up a pair of free throws from Hannah Mattson. The Tigers came up empty on their next possession, Van Loo hit a pair of throws for a 71-67 lead. Li drove and got to the line for Pacific, hitting one-of-two. Van Loo added a jumper from the wing as the Pilots led by five. Van Loo hit another free throw for a six-point edge with 1:15 remaining before Li rattled home a three-pointer to cut the deficit in half. Pacific put Portland on the line, and the Pilots missed a pair with 49 seconds left giving the ball back to the Tigers with 46 seconds remaining. Owens missed a three-pointer with 30 seconds, with the Pilots pulling down the rebound. Mattson hit 1-of-2, but Luaulu-Summers three-pointer rimmed out with 18 seconds to go and Van Loo connected on both free throws for a six-point Portland lead with 16.9 to go. Portland posted a blocked shot and added one more free throw, before a pair of last-second attempts by the Tigers fell short.

Van Loo led the Pilots with 26 points, including 10-of-13 from the free throw line. Of her 26 points, 20 came after halftime, as she shot 6-of-11 from the field in the final 25 minutes. Mattson chipped in 16 while Spencer added 13 points, while a quartet of Pilots tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven.

Luaulu-Summers finished 7-for-7 from the free throw line and is 19-of-21 in free throws in the final four minutes of regulation and overtime when the game is within two possessions.

Lidy's 21-point performance was her third game this season scoring 20 or more. Lidy has scored 12 points or more in all four games of her career against Portland, averaging 14.8 points. Simons tallied her second career double-double and second of the season. The Tigers also picked up the hoop and some harm five times in the game, hitting four of the and-one free throw.

The Tigers fall to 9-17 overall and 5-10 in the WCC, while Portland improves to 6-20 overall and 4-11 in the WCC.

Pacific will welcome WCC leader Gonzaga to the Spanos Center on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tip-off. The Tigers topped the Bulldogs 65-63 in Spokane in December, prior to Gonzaga reeling off 12 straight wins before a loss at San Francisco Thursday.