Tigers Capture Cardinals With Late Comeback, 80-75

Desire Finnie - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography
Desire Finnie - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography

STOCKTON, Calif. - After three fast break layups from Chelsea Lidy and a three pointer from Desire Finnie in the fourth quarter, the Tigers made a tremendous comeback in the last eight minutes of the contest to top Lamar, 80-75. 

With a tough second quarter for the Tigers, Pacific went into the locker room at halftime down 35-33. Lamar came out with a 26-18 point third quarter and the Tigers saw themselves at a 10-point disadvantage. The Orange and Black found their tenacity and the seniors led them to a 29 point fourth quarter as they went on a 7-0 run over 90 seconds and held the Cardinals to convert only 26-percent (4-15) of their shots in the last 10 minutes to help lead them to victory.

The Tigers improve to 4-2 overall, while Lamar drops to .500 at 4-4 overall.

In Case You Missed It

  • Finnie started the game off hot going 5-5 for 10 points in the first 15 minutes. She finished the game with 20 points, eight rebounds, and a 64 field-goal percent.
  • GeAnna Luaulu-Summers also started off strong going 4-4 for nine points in the first 20 minutes of play. She wrapped up the game with a season high 24 points, eight assists and shot 67-percent from the floor.
  • In the first half of play, the Tigers shot 47-percent with 61-percent of their shots coming from inside the key.
  • Lidy brought the Tigers within 10 in the fourth with back-to-back fast break layups. She completed the game with 12 points and six fast break points in 16 minutes of play.
  • Jenelle Grant wrapped up the game with another double-digit rebounding night grabbing 11 boards. This is Grant's fourth game this season with over 10 rebounds.
  • Ameela Li had a solid night registering 10 points and six assists, while shooting 44-percent.
  • The Tigers forced 19 Lamar turnovers and converted the Cardinals' mistakes into 22 points.
  • Pacific finished with a season-high of 12 steals and shot 47-percent (31-66).

Head Coach Bradley Davis' Take
"Our seniors really steadied the ship, which is great to have with such a young team. GeAnna and Desire did a great job of playing with some composure and finishing some baskets. We also had some key shots and plays made by Ameela and Chelsea when we needed them.
We talked a lot this week about momentum and the attitude that you have going into the game.  So I was really proud of the team for taking back the momentum in that second half and not getting down on ourselves."

Things You Need To Know

  • SUPER SENIORS: The two seniors, Luaulu-Summers and Finnie combined for a total of 44 of the Tigers' 80 points and together shot an average of 65-percent.
  • DIMES A DROPPING: Pacific is averaging 18.7 assists per game, which leads the conference and puts the Tigers in the Top 25 nationally. Luaulu-Summers and Ameela Li pace the Tigers in assists per game with five.
  • THE STREAK CONTINUES: Luaulu-Summers streak of scoring in double digits continues as tonight's 24 points makes it seven games in a row. She also closes in on 1000 career points as she currently has 934 averaging 16.7 points per game this season.

Next Up
Pacific hits the road for their first road trip of the season traveling to Greeley, Colorado to face the Northern Colorado Bears on Sunday at 1 p.m. PST. The matchup with the Bears will be streamed on Pluto.tv and is available on PacificTigers.com. Audio for the game will be provided free of charge by the voice of Pacific women's basketball, Don Gubbins, and will be available on PacificTigers.com with a direct link found on the women's basketball schedule page.

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