Women's Hoops Falls At BYU

Women's Hoops Falls At BYU

PROVO, Utah - The Pacific women's basketball team suffered a tough-shooting afternoon at BYU, falling to the Cougars, 68-50, Saturday afternoon at the Marriot Center.

Emily Simons tallied eight points, 10 rebounds and four steals, while GeAnna Luaulu-Summers added 12 points and three assists. Desire Finnie chipped in eight points while Jessica Blakeslee added six points and five rebounds.

The Tigers shot 28 percent for the game (14-of-50), while BYU connected on 51 percent (24-of-47), including 68 percent in the second half (15-of-22).  The Tigers committed 27 turnovers, which the Cougars converted into 19 points.

Pacific handled BYU on the glass, with a 37-to-27 rebounding advantage, but hit just 5-of-24 from three-point range (21 percent) after entering the game leading the WCC at 36.3 percent from deep.

Cassie Broadhead lead BYU with 23 points, while Kalani Purcell tallied 10 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists.

BYU struck first, as Kalani Purcell hit a jumper and the Cougars added a pair of free throws before Desire Finnie hit a pair of free throws. Emily Simons added a jumper off an inside pass from Eli Lopez Sagrera. BYU answered with eight straight points for a 12-4 lead. Finnie responded with a baseline jumper, and Simons connected from the paint. Finnie drove and finished, before Ameela Li drained a three as the Tigers held BYU scoreless for final 5:08 of the quarter and took a 13-12 lead into the second.

In the second, BYU picked up one free throw on their third possession of the quarter to tie, but Lopez Sagrera finished inside for a 15-13 lead. The Tigers ran the defensive streak to 9:22 without allowing a BYU field goal before a three from Kristine Nielson. The Cougars added a free throw and a pair of lay-ups for a 9-0 run and a 22-15 lead with 4:28 to go before halftime. Luaulu-Summers hit a pull-up jumper to end the run, but Amanda Wayment sliced to the rim for a bucket. Pacific went three minutes without a bucket, but Luaulu-Summers added a pair of free throws and the Tigers posted a stop, but the Cougars led 28-19 at halftime. The Tigers hit just 2-of-11 from the field in the second quarter to trail by nine at the break.

BYU opened the second with a runner, but Luaulu-Summers added two more free throws. Simons added a pair of free throws, and Luaulu-Summers hit one-of-two from the line — snapping her streak of 30-straight makes, to cut the gap to 30-24. Finnie added a floater from the baseline, but BYU answered back with a bucket inside from Purcell. A three-pointer from Cassie Broadhead stretched BYU's lead back up to 11 at 37-26. Tylah King added a three and Simons converted a jumper, but the Tigers trailed 44-31 on a jumper from Purcell. Broadhead added a jumper at the buzzer as the Cougars led 48-31 headed into the fourth.

In the fourth, Broadhead connected again for a 20-point BYU lead. Jessica Blakeslee hit a pair of three-pointers, but the Tigers couldn't dig into the BYU lead without the three-pointer performance the Tigers are accustomed to.
The Tigers fall to 4-4 in the West Coast Conference and 8-11 overall, but the Tigers have played the two teams tied for first (BYU and Gonzaga) three times already through eight games. BYU improves to 12-7 overall and 6-2 in the WCC.

Pacific will be back in action on Thursday at home against Loyola Marymount before traveling to San Francisco on Saturday.