Women's Hoops Topped By Santa Clara

Women's Hoops Topped By Santa Clara

STOCKTON, Calif. - GeAnna Luaulu-Summers scored 12 points while Callie Owens added 11, but Santa Clara topped the Pacific women's basketball team, 61-51, Thursday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

The Tigers suffered through two scoring droughts, as Santa Clara used a 15-2 run early to establish a double-digit lead, and a 12-0 run in the third quarter after Pacific pulled within four to make the Tigers play catch-up the remainder of the game.

Pacific forced 21 Santa Clara turnovers and turned them into 24 points, but the Broncos took advantage of 19 Pacific turnovers, leading to 24 points of their own, curtailing the Tigers' game plan.

Mauriana Clayton and Ameela Li each chipped in six points, while Najah Queenland grabbed five rebounds off the bench.

The Broncos shot 43 percent for the game (23-of-53), while the Tigers shot 33 percent (18-of-54). Marie Bertholdt and Morgan McGwire led Santa Clara with 18 points each.

Luaulu-Summers opened with a three-pointer and Clayton tallied inside for a 5-0 lead. Chelsea Lidy hit Emily Simons on the fast break for a 7-2 Pacific advantage. But the Broncos answered with a 10-0 run slip ahead 12-7. Callie Owens drained a triple to end the Tigers scoreless drought, but the Broncos hit a pair of threes before Owens posted a steal and a run-out. But Santa Clara added a trio of free throws in the final seconds to lead 21-12 after the first quarter.

In the second, the Santa Clara spurt continued as the lead grew to 27-12 before Jenelle Grant scored inside. Najah Queenland's runner brought the Tigers within nine, at 27-18. Jessica Blakeslee added a three-pointer, whited capped a 9-0 Pacific run. But Lori Parkinson hit a three on the Broncos last possession as Santa Clara led 34-23 at the break.

The Broncos turned 14 first-half turnovers into 16 points. The Tigers shot 44.4 percent, just ahead of Santa Clara's 43.8 percent, but the Broncos attempted 14 more shots via the turnover margin and eight offensive rebounds.

Lidy connected on a three-pointer and then scored in transition off a steal and pass from Luaulu-Summers as the Tigers tallied the first seven points of the third quarter to pull within 34-30. But the Broncos converted three-straight buckets to restore a 10-point lead with 5:18 to go.  The run stretched to 12-0 before a three from Owens and a jumper from Luaulu-Summers. But the Broncos led by 13, 48-35, headed into the fourth.

Clayton hit a turnaround jumper in the paint to open the fourth, but Bertholdt answered with a triple. Owens connected again from deep to cut the deficit to 11, and Simons brought the Tigers within 55-46 with 4:30 to play on a steal and lay-up. But Santa Clara hit six-of-eight throws down the stretch to keep the Tigers at arms length, holding on for a 61-51 win.

Simons finished with four points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists on her Senior Night. Eli Lopez Sagrera, Unique Coleman and Clayton were also honored prior to the game on Senior Night, with Clayton singing the national anthem before the contest.

The Tigers fall to 9-19 overall, 5-12 in West Coast Conference play, while Santa Clara improves to 14-14, 9-8 in the WCC.

Pacific will wrap the regular season on Saturday on the road at Loyola Marymount in a 2 p.m. tip-off.