Women's Basketball Rides Hot-Shooting To Win Over San Diego

Women's Basketball Rides Hot-Shooting To Win Over San Diego

STOCKTON, Calif. - Desire Finnie (22) and GeAnna Luaulu-Summers (21) each posted 20-point games as the Pacific women's basketball team pulled away from San Diego for a 84-64 win Thursday at the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers (3-0) remained undefeated in West Coast Conference play by shooting 57 percent from the field.

Luaulu-Summers' 21 points were a season-high while Finnie scored over 20 for the second straight game, and turned in her eighth-straight game scoring in double-figures. Mauriana Clayton added a season-high 11 points with six rebounds, while Chelsea Lidy added 10 off the bench. Ameela Li scored nine points and handed out seven assists to go with three steals.
Pacific connected on 29-of-51 from the field (56.9 percent) - the Tigers best shooting performance in a West Coast Conference game -  and forced 18 San Diego turnovers, including 11 in the second half. Pacific turned those miscues into 24 points and tallied 24 fast-break points in the game. The Tigers owned a 40-22 advantage in points in the paint, and hit 21-of-24 from the free throw line.

Finnie connected on 8-of-15 from the field and added four steals, while Luaulu-Summers struck at a 6-for-11 clip.

San Diego opened to a 4-0 lead before Emily Simons answered with a three from the wing. Luaulu-Summers cut to the rim and finished, and then added a three as Pacific took its first lead at 10-8. Cori Woodward put USD up 13-10 with a jumper and after a pair of Tiger free throws, Woodward connected from deep for a 16-12 lead. Luaulu-Summers stuck back with a three and Mauriana Clayton finished off a feed from Chelsea Lidy for a 17-16 Pacific lead. Patricia Brossman and Lidy traded inside buckets,  but San Diego tied it at 20-20 with second seconds to go in the quarter.

In the second, Lidy finished a reverse lay-up for a 22-20 Pacific lead, and Najah Queenland leaned in and banked in a basket. USD pulled within one on a backdoor cut from Madison Pollock. Finnie finished off the glass for a 32-27 lead, but San Diego beat the Tigers defense down the court for a fast break lay-up from Katherine Hamilton. Finnie picked up a steal and runout for a three-point lead. Ameela Li added an and-one as Pacific led 38-33 at the half.

Pacific shot 60 percent in the first half, 12-of-20, while San Diego shot 39 percent, 14-of-36. San Diego held a 12-7 advantage in turnovers to offset the shooting disparity.

Hamilton and Finnie traded buckets in the third before Luaulu-Summers added a lay-up and found Clayton for an inside bucket and a 46-37 lead. Lidy hit a pair of free throws for the Tigers' first double-digit lead at 50-39 with 4:22 to go in the quarter. Luaulu-Summers hit a three from the corner as the Tigers led by 14, 57-43. Li and Clayton added lay-ups as Pacific stretched the margin to 18 at 65-47, before the Toreros hit a pair of free throws before the end of the quarter.

Finnie rattled home a three and Lidy scored a fast break lay-up off a steal as the Tigers led by 21 early in the fourth. Pacific was shooting over 60 percent for the game well into the fourth quarter, but a five-possession drought prevented a run at the Tigers single-game mark for field goal percentage. Pacific maintained the defensive intensity through out the period, however, leading by as many as 23 before Hamilton's free throws in the final minute settled on the final 20-point margin.

Hamilton finished with 16 points to lead San Diego, while Woodward added 13.

The Tigers improve to 7-7 overall and 3-0 in the WCC. Pacific sits alone in first via Gonzaga's win over San Francisco. The Toreros fall to 7-6 overall and 1-2 in WCC play.

Pacific will face BYU at home on Saturday in Stockton, in a 2 p.m. tip-off in the Alex G. Spanos Center.