Defense Leads Tigers Past Broncos, 55-37

Jessica Blakeslee - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography
Jessica Blakeslee - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography

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STOCKTON, Calif. - Pacific held the Santa Clara Broncos to 11 second-half points in the Tigers' 55-37 win over Santa Clara Thursday evening at the Alex G. Spanos Center. Jenelle Grant led all scorers with 14 points and grabbed eight boards for the near double-double, while GeAnna Luaulu-Summers dropped nine points and gathered six rebounds and nine assists.

The win brings the Tigers to .500 overall at 11-11 and 5-6 in the West Coast Conference while Santa Clara falls to 7-15 overall and 3-8 in the WCC.

In Case You Missed It

  • Jessica Blakeslee started the Tigers off with a three from the outside as she got the nod for her second consecutive start.
  • In the first quarter, the Tiger defense forced four quick Bronco turnovers, which led to a scoring drought for the Broncos for three minutes and six points for Pacific.
  • To start the second, the Tigers wasted no time as Ameela Li and Luaulu-Summers hit back-to-back threes to get ahead 21-15.
  • Issy Parker entered the game in the middle of the second and immediately picked up two points from 15-feet out.
  • The second quarter belonged to the Tigers as they forced four more Bronco turnovers as they finished the first half with 11.
  • At the break, Pacific held the advantage in assists (8-4), steals (8-4), points off turnovers (9-3), and bench points (10-9).
  • Through two quarters, the Tigers shot 44 percent from the field (12-of-27) and 44 percent from three-point range (4-of-9).
  • In the third, the Santa Clara offense was halted as they collected only six points, the best defensive period for the Tigers of the 2017-18 campaign.
  • The Tiger defense continued to work the Bronco offense not allowing Santa Clara to score for over five minutes in the fourth quarter.
  • Pacific's offense closed out the fourth quarter on an 11-1 run and held the Broncos to one of their last eight.
  • Pacific finished with 14 assists as they continue to lead the WCC along with 21 bench points thanks to Grant's 14.
  • The Tigers got to the line only eight times, sinking five from the charity stripe.
  • With six lead changes throughout the game, the Tigers led for just over 32 minutes after taking over in the second quarter.

What You Need To Know

  • D-FENSE: The Tigers had two of their best defensive quarters this season holding the Broncos to six points in the third quarter and five in the fourth for 11 total second-half points.
  • TURN IT OVER: Pacific forced 22 Santa Clara turnovers compared to only 11 by the Tigers. The Orange and Black capitalized on the Bronco errors turning them into 17 points.
  • BEG, BORROW, AND STEAL: Pacific had no problems taking the ball away from Santa Clara Thursday evening collecting 16 steals, a new season high. Eight Tigers recorded steals with Luaulu-Summers and Desire Finnie pacing the squad with three each.

Next Up
The Tigers take to the court again on Saturday, Feb 3 as they face Pepperdine for the annual Pacific Plays Pink game where the team will recognize cancer survivors and will have special warm-up jerseys with the names of the cancer survivors on the back. The contest will feature a live stream courtesy of TheW.tv and live stats via PacificTigers.com.

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