Women's Basketball Stunned At Buzzer By LMU

Women's Basketball Stunned At Buzzer By LMU

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team was shocked at a buzzer by a game-winning three-pointer from Loyola Marymount's Leslie Lopez-Wood as the Lions came from behind for a 63-60 WCC win in the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Desire Finnie led Pacific with 17 points, while Najah Queenland added a season-high 11 with seven rebounds. GeAnna Luaulu-Summers added 10 points and five assists while Emily Simons scored eight points with a career-high 12 rebounds and four steals.

Pacific led by as many as 14 and led for over 31 minutes of the game, but LMU charged back with 16-4 fourth quarter run. The Tigers rallied with six-straight points to tie the game at 60-60 with 1:03 to go, but after each team posted two defensive stops over the next 53 seconds, LMU took possession with 10 seconds left and Lopez-Wood beat the buzzer with a three from the corner.

The Tigers fall to 9-8 overall, 2-4 in West Coast Conference play. LMU improves to 7-9 overall, 3-2 in WCC action. The Lions wee led by 15 points and 14 rebounds from Sophie Taylor, while Lopez-Wood finished with nine points.

Pacific shot just 21.9 percent (7-of-32) in the second half, and hit 2-of-12 (16.7%) from the field in the fourth quarter. The Tigers forced 21 turnovers and turned them into 19 points, but the Lions were opportunistic turning 12 Tigers miscues into 15 points. LMU posted a 29-14 rebounding edge in the second half after the Tigers held a 23-21 rebounding advantage in the first half.

Simons opened the scoring with a lay-up, and after a three from Leslie Lopez-Wood, added two more lay-ups inside. Finnie added a transition bucket as Pacific took an 8-5 lead. Hailie Eackles hit back-to-back jumpers and a Butler three-pointer gave Pacific a 21-12 advantage. Cheyanne Wallace scored in transition for LMU and Sophie Taylor added a jumper to cut Pacific's lead to 21-16 after one quarter.

The Lions scored the first five of the second quarter before Najah Queenland scored inside. Finnie converted a four-point play and Butler struck again from three for a 32-21 Pacific lead.

After back-to-back buckets from the Lions, Ameela Li hit Queenland slashing to the bucket for a quick counter, Finnie connected on two jumpers to give the Tigers a 38-27 lead headed in to halftime.

Pacific shot 45 percent in the first half (17-of-38) and held a 20-14 edge in paint scoring. The Tigers held LMU to 36 percent shooting (12-of-33) and forced nine Lions turnovers leading to 13 points. The Tigers committed just five turnovers, which led to only four LMU points.

Queenland opened the second half with a three-pointer, but LMU tallied seven straight points, three from the free throw line to close within seven, at 41-34.

Eackles knocked down a baseline jumper, but a fast-break layup from Bree Alford and a three-point play from Wallace trimmed Pacific's lead to 45-41.

After the Lions pulled within two, Finnie posted a put-back and Luaulu-Summers drove and finished to provide an eight-point margin.

In the fourth, Lopez-Wood hit three free throws and Taylor hit a three-pointer as LMU mounted a comeback. Alford finished inside, tying the game at 52-52 with 7:30 to go. Taylor added another three-pointer for a 55-52 Loyola Marymount lead. Luaulu-Summers hit a pair of free throws, but Taylor finished at the rim. After a Pacific turnover, Deanna Johnson converted a three-point play to give LMU its largest lead at 60-54.

Queenland answered with a put-back and Eackles drew a charge. After a pair of free throws by Queenland trimmed the LMU lead to two, Finnie drove baseline and tied the game at 60-60 with just over a minute to go.

Luaulu-Summers drove with 13 seconds left, but her scoop shot went awry, giving LMU possession with 10 to. Andee Velasco found Lopez-Wood in the corner and her shot reached the cylinder as the clock hit triple zero. Lopez-Wood had been 1-for-11 shooting prior to her game-winning three.

Pacific saw its three-game win streak over LMU snapped as the Lions won for the second time over the Tigers since Pacific joined the WCC. Eackles finished with six points for Pacific, and saw her streak of 27-consecutive games with a three-pointer come to an end as she was 0-for-4 from behind the arc. The streak was the third-longest in program history.

The Tigers will be off until Saturday, when Pacific faces Saint Mary's at home in a 3:00 p.m. tip-off, the first game of a double-header with the men's team.