Tigers Edged By Gaels

Ameela Li - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography
Ameela Li - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography

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STOCKTON, Calif. - Five Tigers finished in double figures as Desire Finnie paced the Tigers with 15 points, while Anaya Brooklyn McDavid recorded 14, Ameela Li and Savannah Sumsion registered 11, and GeAnna Luaulu-Summers dropped 10 in her return. The effort fell just short as the Gaels took one from the Tigers, 70-69 Thursday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

The Orange and Black move to 6-8 overall and 0-3 in West Coast Conference play, while Saint Mary's improves to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

In Case You Missed It

  • The first quarter was all Tigers as they held the Gaels to a scoring drought over four minutes of play to build a 16-9 lead.
  • After a tough start to the second quarter for Pacific, the Gaels jumped eight points ahead but the Tigers kept Saint Mary's from scoring for another two-and-a-half minutes, and were able to make up some ground to enter the locker room down by just four.
  • At the end of the first 20 minutes, the Tigers forced nine Saint Mary's turnovers. By the end of the game, Pacific forced a total of 17 Gaels turnovers.
  • Pacific gained momentum in the third after going on an 11-1 run and hitting four of five shots in two minutes to come within one.
  • In the fourth, McDavid grabbed back-to-back put-backs for a quick four points.
  • The Gaels and Tigers went back-and-forth down the stretch, with Pacific hitting four straight baskets, capped by a Li drive to the net for an and-one, with the free throw made for a 69-68 lead with 20.6 seconds to play.
  • The Gaels won the game after missing two free throws with 3.1 seconds left, but getting the offensive board and put-pack for a second-chance basket with 1.7 seconds left on the clock.
  • The Tigers held a major advantage over the Gaels in steals (10-2), three-point field-goal percentage (38-27), bench points (14-7), and free-throw percentage (84-61).

Things You Need To Know

  • BACK AND FORTH WE GO: The game featured eight ties or lead changes in the final 1:59 of play. Pacific connected on four of their final five shots from the field, with only the last shot off the mark.
  • TRADING BLOWS: Saint Mary's used a 10-0 run over 3:55 to turn a one-point lead into a nine-point advantage to start the second half, but the Tigers answered with a 9-1 run over 2:15 to take a 45-44 lead with 1:40 to go in the third.
  • ONE-POINT GAMES: The Tigers fall to 21-25 all-time in games decided by a single point, including 9-9 at home. Saint Mary's has won four games by a single point over Pacific since 2003.
  • SHE'S BAAACKKK: After missing two games for the Tigers, Luaulu-Summers came back in her usual form registering another double-digit game with 10 points and dishing out five assists.

Next Up
The Tigers take off for BYU to battle the Cougars on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT. The contest will feature a live stream via BYUtv and live stats free of charge via PacificTigers.com.
Pacific Plays Pink
The Pacific women's basketball team will be hosting their annual Pacific Plays Pink game on Saturday, February 3 at 2 p.m. against the Pepperdine Waves. On that day, the team will recognize cancer survivors and will have special warm-up jerseys with the names of the cancer survivors on the back. If you would like to sponsor a player to have a name on the back of their jersey, please contact Kendall Kenyon at k_kenyon@u.pacific.edu.
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