Women's Basketball Rallies For Win Over USF, 63-60

Women's Basketball Rallies For Win Over USF, 63-60

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team closed with a 13-1 run in the final 3:31 for a 63-60 win over San Francisco Saturday.

GeAnna Luaulu-Summers set a program record for most free throws without a miss, as she hit 16-of-16 from the stripe and finished with 21 points and three assists. Desire Finnie finished with eight points and three steals, including two in the final two minutes to seal the win. Emily Simons added seven points and seven rebounds, with Chelsea Lidy chipping in eight points.

The Tigers trailed 59-50 with 3:50 to play and hit four of their final five field goal attempts, with Luaulu-Summers adding four straight from the free throw line. Pacific forced four turnovers and held USF to 0-for-4 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line in the final 3:31.

Pacific forced 20 turnovers in the contest while committing just 11, and turned the 20 miscues into 16 points.

The Tigers opened with a 4-2 lead on a pair of free throws from GeAnna Luaulu-Summers and a jumper from Eli Lopez Sagrera. After a lay-up from Unique Coleman, Lopez Sagrera picked up a steal and fed Chelsea Lidy for a transition lay-up. After four USF free throws, Mauriana Clayton drained a long jumper for a 12-7 advantage. Rachel Howard connected on a triple for the Dons. Lidy drove for a pair of buckets, but Howard answered back with a lay-up. And a three from the corner at the buzzer by Anna Pierce gave USF a 19-18 lead at the end of the first.

In the second, Ameela Li hit a three from the top of the key for a 21-20 lead. Claudia Price and Lidy traded lay-ups before Luaulu-Summers drove and finished for a 25-22 Pacific lead. Howard hung and connected on a Don jumper, but Emily Simons nailed a three for the Tigers. The Dons hit back-to-back threes to lead 32-30, before Najah Queenland tied it right back up by getting fouled in transition and hitting both free throws. But with five seconds left in the half, Anna Seilund connected from the paint on an and-one for a 35-32 lead.

Pacific held a 14-10 lead in points in the paint, and a 12-7 edge in points off turnovers, but the Dons hit 5-of-8 from three-point range to the Tigers' 2-of-2 to hold a slight edge. Each team was 8-of-9 from the free throw line.

Howard and Finnie traded jumpers to open the third quarter and Finnie struck again to cut the Tigers' deficit to one. Luaulu-Summers connected on a three for a 39-37 Pacific lead. USF answered back with five straight points before Luaulu-Summers hit a pair of free throws. Howard hit another three-pointer as the Dons led 45-41 headed to the fourth.

USF opened with a pair of free throws before Simons finished inside. Luaulu-Summers brought Pacific within 47-45 from the free throw line, but Seilund drove and finished for the Dons. Price hit back-to-back jumpers as USF led by seven. The Tigers went nearly four minutes without scoring as Seilund added a lay-up for 4:52 to go for a 55-46 USF lead.

Luaulu-Summers added a pair of free throws before Howard's lay-up gave the Dons a 59-50 lead with 3:50 to go.

From there, it was all Tigers, as Luaulu-Summers hit four free throws with a defensive stop in between. Queenland hit a three-pointer to close within four, at 59-55, with 2:49 to go. The Tigers posted a stop on defense, and Finnie added a floater to cut the gap to two. The Tigers turned in another stop on defense and Luaulu-Summers tied the game from the free throw line with 1:57 remaining.

Finnie stole the ball on an inbounds play and her lay-up capped an 11-0 run for a 61-59 Pacific lead with 1:53. Pacific forced a turnover on the Dons next possession and Simons added a lay-up with 1:12 to go for a four-point lead. The Dons went 1-for-2 from the free throw line on their possession and then stopped the Tigers on defense getting possession with 16 seconds left. But Queenland and Finnie trapped in the backcourt, with Finnie coming away with the steal, and Queenland securing possession with a pass back to to Luaulu-Summers to run down the final four seconds.

Howard finished with 22 points for USF, while Seilund and Pierce added 10 each. Price added eight points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Pacific remains in first in the West Coast Conference at 4-2, and moves to 8-9 overall. The Dons fall to 9-8 overall, 3-3 in WCC action.

The Tigers will play host to Saint Mary's on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Spanos Center before visiting BYU next Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.