Eackles Hits 1000; Women's Hoops Rolls Over Waves

Hailie Eackles (photo by Reagan Lunn)
Hailie Eackles (photo by Reagan Lunn)

Malibu, Calif. - Hailie Eackles reached the 1000 career point mark, leading five Tigers in double figures as the Pacific women's basketball team cruised to a 92-64 road win over Pepperdine Saturday.

Eackles finished with 21 points and four assists, draining six three-pointers. GeAnna Luaulu-Summers added 16 points with eight assists, while Desire Finnie chipped in 15 points and five assists. Mauriana Clayton posted her second double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Emily Simons hit four-for-four from the field for eight points. Najah Queenland added nine rebounds in the contest to go with three points. Tylah King scored a career-high four points, while Whitnee Wehi made her season debut and added a bucket and an assist.

The Tigers shot 45 percent from the field (31-of-69) and held Pepperdine to 37 percent (20-of-54). Pacific held a 42-35 advantage in rebounding and a 40-16 margin in points in the paint.

Pacific handed out a season-high 22 assists and turned 21 Pepperdine turnovers into 28 points and committed just 12 miscues.

Luaulu-Summers hit a three-pointer 1:16 into the game an the Tigers never trailed, opening with a 7-2 run. Simons added a lay-up as Pacific took a 16-12 lead after one quarter.

Back-to-back Eackles three-pointers gave the Tigers a 29-15 lead in the second and Eackles added another three-pointer to put her over the 1,000 point mark in her career. Lidy closed the half with a jumper for a 40-26 Pacific advantage at the half.

In the third, Luaulu-Summers scored on a pair of layups, with an Eackles three sandwiched between as the Tigers built a 21-point lead. Pepperdine clawed back within 14 with 1:38 left in the quarter, but Simons scored inside and Luaulu-Summers struck from deep before another Simons inside bucket pushed the lead back to 21. One free throw from the Waves led to a 62-42 lead headed into the fourth quarter.

Eackles added a pair of threes in the fourth, and the Tigers went to the bench late. After a Clayton lay-up, Wehi connected on a turnaround jumper for Pacific's largest lead at 88-59 as the Tiger bench exploded on Wehi's first basket of the year. Pacific ran clock and King drained a triple with the shot clock dwindling to cap the scoring for the Tigers.

Pacific improves to 11-14 overall, 4-10 in WCC play and snaps the Tigers first five-game losing streak in six years.

Eackles became Pacific's 21st member of the 1,000 point club and sits at 1,007 career points, 17 back of Gena Johnson (2010-2015). Eackles is sixth in Pacific history with 180 made three-pointers, nine back of fifth (Kendall Rodriguez, 2009-13).

The Tigers will return to the Alex G. Spanos Center to face Portland on Thursday at 7 p.m.