Women's Hoops Outlasted In Double OT By LMU

Women's Hoops Outlasted In Double OT By LMU

Los Angeles, Calif. - After 14 ties and 13 lead changes the Pacific women's basketball team fell in double overtime at Loyola Marymount, 96-88. Five Tigers scored in double figures, led by GeAnna Luaulu-Summers with 16 points with six assists.

Hailie Eackles scored 14 points with five rebounds, while Chelsea Lidy added a career-high 13 points. Najah Queenland tallied 11 points with seven rebounds and six assists. Emily Simons added 10 points and seven rebounds. Mauriana Clayton finished with nine points and seven rebounds while Erin Butler scored eight points with seven boards.

The Tigers held a 48-22 advantage in points in the paint, and a 22-17 advantage in points off turnovers, but the Lions scored 31 points from the free throw line on 39 attempts, while the Tigers hit 19-of-22 (86 percent).

Pacific was outscored 13-5 in the second overtime, hitting 2-of-9 from the field while LMU hit 3-of-4 from the field and 7-of-10 from the free throw line.

Eackles and Luaulu-Summers led Pacific early, as each hit double-figures in the first half, but the Lions took 24-22 lead after the first quarter. LMU stretched the lead to seven in the second, at 38-31 on a three-pointer from Makenzie Cast, but the Tigers reeled off an 8-0 run as Eackles hit a three, Lidy added a jumper, Simons tallied inside, and Luaulu-Summers capped the run with a jumper. Bree Alford added a late jumper as the Tigers led 41-40 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Pacific built a seven point lead as Lidy hit a jumper from the paint and Eackles added three. A jumper from Erin Butler stretched the lead to eight with 2:48 left in the period, but the Lions trimmed the gap to 60-56 from the free throw line.

In the fourth, LMU opened with a 6-0 run as Cheyanne Wallace put the Lions in front. Luaulu-Summers answered back with a lay-up, but Deanna Johnson hit a free throw for the lead. Butler tied the game with an and-one three-point play with 6:48 to go in regulation. Sophie Taylor scored four-straight LMU points to put the Lions in front, 71-69, with 3:43 left, but Queenland scored inside while being fouled for a 72-71 lead. Lidy answered a pair of free throws, and after Luaulu-Summers scored two from the line, the Tigers led 76-74, but with 49 seconds left, Johnson hit a jumper to knot the game again with 49 seconds remaining in regulation. Pacific missed two attempts in the final seconds of regulation.

Leslie Lopez-Wood had a fast-break lay-up to open the scoring in overtime, and after a free throw from Lidy, Simons recorded a steal and lay-up for a 79-78 lead. Johnson was fouled with 1:13 to go and was awarded an and-one, giving the Lions an 81-79 lead. The Tigers responded as Queenland tallied inside, but Johnson added a pair of free throws. Queenland hit a pair from the line with 15 seconds left, tying the game at 83-83. The Tigers got the stop on defense as Simons posted a block. But LMU came up with the offensive rebound and while the Tigers held off a Taylor attempt, Wallace was fouled on the rebound. She missed the first and committed a lane violation on the second with 2.3 seconds left in overtime, but the Tigers inbounds pass sailed out of bounds. Pacific defended the last second shot as the game headed to a second overtime.

In the second overtime, LMU scored the first seven points as Wallace hit a bucket inside to give LMU an 85-83 lead and after a turnover Lopez-Wood hit a jumper. Finnie converted and and-one with 1:13 to go, cutting the deficit to 91-86, but LMU hit 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch.

The Tigers fall to 6-2 all-time in games decided in double overtime. On the year, the Tigers drop to 10-14 overall and 3-10 in WCC action. LMU improves to 9-16 overall and 5-9 in the WCC.

Pacific will face Pepperdine on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.