Tigers Crash Waves, 85-77

Jenelle Grant - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography
Jenelle Grant - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography

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MALIBU, Calif. - Five Tigers scored in double-figures as Pacific won their third straight game Thursday evening defeating the Pepperdine Waves 85-77 in Malibu. GeAnna Luaulu-Summers led all scorers with 21 points with Ameela Li close behind with 18, Jenelle Grant and Desire Finnie recorded 12, while Anaya Brooklyn McDavid registered 10

With the win, the Tigers are 3-4 in the WCC and back even at 9-9 overall, while Pepperdine falls to 6-11 overall and 2-5 in conference play.

In Case You Missed It

  • After a slow start and down five in the first, the Tigers clawed back making six-of-seven straight buckets and a 6-0 run to grab the lead 16-15.
  • At the end of the first, the Waves began to crash as the Tigers forced five turnovers in three minutes.
  • In the second, the Tigers slowed down in the first five minutes but finished the quarter with back-to-back threes from Finnie and Grant to grab 21 points and head into the break ahead of the Waves 41-37.
  • The Tigers are 7-0 when leading at halftime.
  • At the break, Pacific controlled the ball committing only five turnovers while forcing 11 from host Pepperdine.
  • Pacific kept it going to start the third quarter sinking eight straight baskets to extend their lead by 15 points.
  • The Tigers ended the quarter with 27 total points.
  • In the fourth, the Pacific offense pumped the brakes scoring 17 points, but the defense kept the Waves to 18 points as the Tigers came away with the win.
  • Pacific controlled the majority of the game leading for just over 31 minutes, including leading the entire last three quarters.
  • Li proved to be a powerhouse again for the Tigers playing the entire 40 minutes for the second time this season. She is averaging 36 minutes per game since conference play has started.

Things You Need To Know

  • STREAKING TIGERS: The speed of Pacific's offense proved to be too much for the Waves as they recorded 28 fast break points to Pepperdine's 12.
  • THIRD IS THE WORD: In the third quarter, the Tigers shot 59 percent including eight consecutive buckets to finish the quarter 10-17 and dropping 27 points.
  • POINTS FOR PARKER: Issy Parker entered the game for the first time as a Pacific Tiger going two-for-three from the floor and grabbed three boards in six minutes.
  • GOING DOWNTOWN: In the Tigers last three games, they have shot 45 percent from behind the arc (21-48).

Next Up
The Orange and Black take to Sant Mary's for a rematch with the Gaels on Saturday at 2 p.m. The matchup will feature a free live stream and stats free of charge via TheW.tv and will include audio by Don Gubbins, the voice of Pacific women's basketball.

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