Women's Hoops Pulls Out OT Win Over Pepperdine, 80-79

Women's Hoops Pulls Out OT Win Over Pepperdine, 80-79

STOCKTON, Calif. - Behind a bevy of career-highs the Pacific women's basketball team pulled out an 80-79 overtime win over Pepperdine Saturday at the Alex G. Spanos Center. GeAnna Luaulu-Summers scored 17 points including the game-winning free throws, while Callie Owens scored a career-best 20 points. Emily Simons added 10 points, a career-high six assists and a career-high five steals.

Jenelle Grant also posted career-bests with nine rebounds and two assists to go with her seven points. Chelsea Lidy tallied 13 points for the second-straight game, while Mauriana Clayton chipped in eight points and seven rebounds. Owens also grabbed seven rebounds, her career-best.

Pacific trailed by nine, at 60-51, with 8:22 to go in regulation but 12-2 run, including eight straight points put Pacific in front 63-62 with 6:02 to go. The fourth quarter and overtime featured six ties and nine lead changes. Each team hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final minute of the fourth quarter, and Ameela Li's three-pointer put Pacific up 76-75 in overtime before Luaulu-Summers and Allie Green traded four points each in the final two minutes of the extra session.

The Tigers shot 39.7 percent for the game, including 9-of-27 from three-point range. Owens led the three-point assault with 6 treys on 10 attempts. Pacific forced 18 Pepperdine turnovers and turned the miscues into 16 points, while the Tigers committed just 10 turnovers for the game, leading to nine Wave points. The Tigers held a 43-41 rebounding advantage and handed out 23 assists on 31 field goals.

Clayton posted back-to-back buckets for the Tigers and Lidy added a baseline jumper for a 6-2 lead. Luaulu-Summers hit a three, but Paige Fecske answered back with a triple for the Waves as the Tigers led 9-7. Lidy scored in transition, but a three-point play from Sydney Bordonaro tied the game at 13-13. Jenelle Grant added a baseline jumper for the lead, and after a steal by Luaulu-Summers, Callie Owens hit a triple. But the Waves answered back with a three from Allie Green to tie the game at 18-18. Luaulu-Summers posted a lay-up, and Owens chipped in another three, but the Waves added a lay-up before the end of the quarter as the Tigers led 23-22.

In the second, Grant and Simons posted lay-ups for a 27-22 lead, but Yasmine Robinson Bacote converted an and-one and Pepperdine tied the score at 27-27. Finnie knocked down a jumper to put the Tigers in front, 30-29. But Pepperdine embarked on an 9-0 run, to take a 38-30 lead. Clayton tallied four straight points to bring the Tigers within 38-34, but the Waves took a 40-36 lead into the break.

Pacific shot 45.5 percent from the field, while Pepperdine shot 50 percent in the first half.

Luaulu-Summers cut the deficit in half to open the third, and Grant added a free throw, but Robinson Bacote restored a four-point edge with a three-pointer. Simons and Lidy tallied back-to-back to tie the game at 43-43, but again the Waves surged ahead with an 10—0 as Robinson Bacote and Kim Jacobs hit threes. Owens stopped the bleeding with a three and Simons added a baseline jumper to pull within five and Owens three pulled the Tigers within 55-51 headed to the fourth.

But Pepperdine opened the fourth quarter with a lay-up and a three for a 60-51 lead. Down 62-55, the Tigers reeled off an 8-0 run as Lidy drove to the rim and finished, and Owens hit back-to-back threes. Fecske answered with a drive, before Luaulu-Summers canned a three-pointer for a 66-64 lead with 4:24 to play. Lidy added a jumper, but the Waves pulled within two on a jumper from Robinson-Bacote. Green connected on a mid-range jumper to tie the game with 1:17 to go. Luaulu-Summers hit one-of-two from the free throw line with 1:03 remaining. Fecske answered with a pair of free throws with 52.6 seconds left. The Tigers had a pair of looks inside, but missed a pair of jumpers with Pepperdine coming away with the rebound with 32 seconds left.  After the two teams traded turnovers, Fecske hit one-of-two again for a 71-69 lead with 22 seconds remaining. Luaulu-Summers drove and got to the line with 11.4 to play, hitting both. Simons forced another turnover, but Lidy's transition runner didn't fall as the game went to overtime.

Green struck first for Pepperdine in overtime, but Grant answered back underneath to tie it at 73-73. Green scored inside, but Ameela Li drilled a three from the corner for a 76-75 lead with 1:56 left. Green responded with another lay-up, but Li feed Luaulu-Summers on a back-door cut for a 78-77 lead with 34.2 remaining. Green drew a foul underneath the basket with 14.9 on the clock and hit both free throws for a 79-78 Pepperdine lead. Luaulu-Summers drove and was hammered with 7.3 to go, and she hit both free throws for the 80-79 lead. After a timeout, Pacific posted the stop on defense as Grant and Simons stood their ground on Green, who's jumper from outside the paint went long. Owens came away with the rebound as the clock hit triple-zero for the Tigers victory.

Pacific improves to 5-7 in West Coast Conference play and 9-14 overall. The Waves fall to 6-17 on the year, 4-8 in WCC play. Robinson Bacote paced the Waves with 25 points and 16 rebounds, while Green finished with 22 points. Fecske added 15 points as the Waves starters tallied 65 of 79 points. The Tigers held a 30-14 margin in bench scoring.

The Tigers will visit San Diego and Santa Clara next weekend, facing the Toreros on Thursday (7 p.m.) and Broncos on Saturday (2 p.m.).