Women's Hoops Downs Portland Behind Lidy's Career-High

Women's Hoops Downs Portland Behind Lidy's Career-High

Portland, Ore. - Chelsea Lidy scored a career-high 12 points as the Pacific women's basketball team never trailed in a 72-64 win at Portland Thursday night.

Erin Butler added 11 points while Mauriana Clayton and Najah Queenland each chipped in 10. Hailie Eackles added nine points while Desire Finnie and Ameela Li each scored seven.

Butler, Clayton and Queenland each grabbed six rebounds to co-lead the Tigers on the glass. Butler added a career-best four assists.

Lidy entered the game with three points in 28 minutes this season, but connected on 5-of-9 shooting in a career-high 15 minutes.

Pacific led by as many as 19, and held on despite a shooting slump down the stretch as Pacific connected on 9-of-31 (29 percent) in the second half. But the Tigers hit 18-of-22 from the free throw line.

The Tigers won the battle in the paint, outscoring the Pilots 32-26, and out-rebounding Portland 40-36. Pacific posted 17 second-chance points to Portland's five.

The Tigers turned 24 Portland turnovers into 27 points. The Tigers

Eackles gave the Tigers an early 5-2 lead with a triple from the top of the key. Ameela Li and Erin Butler added threes as Pacific stretched the lead to 11-6.  Butler sliced to the rim and dumped it offer for Clayton. The Pilots trimmed the gap to two on a three from Holly Blades, but Clayton answered inside. Chelsea Lidy drove and completed the and-one, and then added a jumper for a 22-13 lead. Lidy added a steal and lay-up as the Tigers closed the first quarter with a 12-4 run to take a 27-15 advantage. The 27 points was Pacific's highest-scoring first quarter of the year.

Butler opened the scoring in the second with a three. Lidy added a put-back as Pacific stretched the lead to 32-15 before finally surrounding second quarter points 3:30 into the period. Blades and Katie Van Loo trimmed the Tigers lead to 34-23 with a trio of inside buckets before Clayton answered with a lay-up. After Portland closed within eight, Queenland drove and converted to restore a double-digit margin at 38-28. The Pilots tacked on a free throw before the end of the half as Pacific led by nine at intermission.

The Tigers forced 15 first half turnovers, leading to 15 points. Portland crawled back to within nine from down 17 by forcing nine turnovers in the second quarter, leading to seven points.

Queenland hit a jumper in the paint and then found Simons underneath for a lay-in. Simons found a soft spot in the zone and knocked down an open look as the Tigers scored the first six of the third quarter. Pacific held Portland scoreless for the first 4:26 of the half, building the lead back up to 17, at 48-31. Portland's Darian Slaga hit a three as Portland reeled off a 9-1 run to pul within 11.

But Lidy answered with another and-one as the Tigers led 54-40 after three quarters.

Eackles made the extra pass for a Butler three pointer to start the fourth, Clayton and Finnie added lay-ups as Pacific led by as many as 19. Ellie Woerner scored seven straight Portland points, as the Pilots closed within 61-52 with 4:40 to go. The Pilots narrowed the gap to five from the free throw line with 2:06 to go.

Eackles posted a steal and Li drove and finished with the shot clock dwindling for a 65-58 lead.

Blades connected on a three-pointer, but Queenland hit a pair of free throws and Eackles came away with a steal and Pacific closed it out from the free throw line.

Pacific improves to 10-9 overall, 3-5 in West Coast Conference play. Portland falls to 2-17 on the season, and 0-8 in WCC action.

The Tigers will face Gonzaga on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Spokane. The game will be available on the WCC online video streaming network, TheW.tv.