LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The University of the Pacific women's basketball team returns to action in the Gorilla Glue West Coast Conference Championships on Monday, March 5 in the semifinals round against #6 University of San Diego. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.
This is the second time in program history the Tigers have made the conference semifinals as well as a #7 seed making the semifinals. The last time a #7 seed made it this far was in 2011 by San Diego. These two teams will make it the first ever meeting between a #6 and #7 seed in the conference semifinals.
The last time these teams met in the regular season, the Tigers defeated the Toreros twice by scores of 81-68 and 62-60.
In the first meeting in San Diego, GeAnna Luaulu-Summers led the Orange and Black offense with 22 points going 7-of-11 from the floor, 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and 5-of-6 from the line.
Contributing to the offense, Chelsea Lidy put up 16 points, while Ameela Li, Desire Finnie, and Anaya Brooklyn McDavid each put up 15, 14, and 12 points, respectively. McDavid led the defense and came up one rebound short of a double-double with nine boards.
The Tigers shot 58 percent from the field, 50 percent from the three-point range, and 85.7 percent from the line.
The Toreros' Maya Hood led all scorers with 24 points, in the first meeting, while three others contributed to offense with double-digit scoring. Hood also grabbed seven boards.
In the second meeting, the Tigers defeated the Toreros in a close one, 62-60. Luaulu-Summers was the leading scorer on the floor, scoring 26 of Pacific's 62 points. Aubrey Ward-El and Hood each scored 17 points, while Myah Pace grabbed nine boards.
Hood and Luaulu-Summers will be the players to watch in this matchup. Luaulu-Summers averages 16.7 points per game, while Hood averages 11.9. Jenelle Grant is the top defender for the Tigers with a 7.2 rebound per game average.
Hood is the top defender for the Toreros with a 7.4 rebounds per game, while Ward-El leads the offense with 14.3 points per game.
The winner of Monday's game will advance to the conference championship taking place on Tuesday, March 6 with a 1:00 p.m. tipoff.