STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team hits the road for West Coast Conference contests at San Diego and Santa Clara. The Tigers will face San Diego on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Jenny Craig Pavilion, before traveling to Santa Clara to meet the Broncos at 2 p.m. at the Leavey Center.
Pacific is coming off a 80-79 overtime win over Pepperdine on Saturday in which the Tigers rallied from down nine in the fourth quarter for the second time this season. Pacific trailed 60-51 and closed regulation with a 20-11 run. Callie Owens led the charge with a career-best 20 points, including six three pointers. GeAnna Luaulu-Summers hit five of six free throws in the final minute of regulation and overtime, including the Tigers' last four points. Pacific posted a pair of defensive stops, with Emily Simons coming up big in the post. Simons finished the day with 10 points and career highs in assists with six and steals with five. Chelsea Lidy also scored 13 points in the contest.
Lidy has tallied in double-figures in three-straight games, moving into the starting lineup. She scored 11 off the bench at San Francisco, 13 at Saint Mary's and 13 against the Waves. Jenelle Grant has also seen her role increase with 13 points and 16 rebounds in the last two games. Ameela Li has handed out 13 assists in the last three games to go with 23 points.
The Tigers face San Diego for the second time this season, as Pacific downed the Toreros 84-64 in the Spanos Center back on Jan. 5. Desire Finnie scored 22 points, while Luaulu-Summers tallied 21 in the home victory as the Tigers shot 57 percent from the field for the game. Pacific turned 18 USD turnovers into 24 points and the Tigers posted a big third quarter to turn a modest lead into a comfortable margin. Li handed out seven assists in the contest.
San Diego enters Thursday's meeting at 10-12 overall and 4-8 in WCC play. The Toreros are coming off a pair of road losses at Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary's last week, following a home win over Portland. USD is 8-4 at Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Tigers enter at 9-14 overall, and 5-8 in WCC action.
On Saturday, the Tigers will face Santa Clara for the first time this season, in game 14 of the 18 game WCC slate. Santa Clara sits at 10-13 overall, 5-7 in WCC play, coming off a home split against Portland and Gonzaga. The Broncos posted a 68-56 win over Portland before falling by one to Gonzaga, 50-49. Santa Clara faces San Francisco on Thursday at home before welcoming the Tigers to the Leavey Center.
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Women's Hoops Travels To USD, Santa Clara
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