Rebounds Help Tigers Grab Win Over BYU, 83-76

Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography
Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography

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STOCKTON, Calif. - Ameela Li and GeAnna Luaulu-Summers combined for a total of 49 points in the 83-76 win over the BYU Cougars Saturday afternoon at the Alex G. Spanos Center. Li finished with a career-high 24 points including 5-of-7 from three-point range, while Luaulu-Summers recorded her second double-double of the season and sixth of her career with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Anaya Brooklyn McDavid had a near double-double with 10 points and six rebounds, while Jessica Blakeslee registered eight points in her first career start as a Tiger.

The win brings the Tigers to 10-11 overall and 4-6 in the West Coast Conference, while BYU suffers their ninth loss to move to 12-9 and 7-3 in WCC play.

In Case You Missed It

  • Li came out firing back-to-back threes to get the Tigers out for an early lead and three of Pacific's first four shots came from behind the arc.
  • Pacific held the Cougars scoreless for over three minutes in the last five minutes of the first quarter to get ahead and end the first up by one, 21-20.
  • The second quarter was controlled by Pacific as they went on a 15-2 run over three minutes of play to lead the Cougars by ten entering the halfway mark.
  • At halftime, the lead had changed eight times, but with the Tigers up 46-36 at the break, they would never train again and maintained the lead for over 31 total minutes.
  • Pacific forced 15 Cougar turnovers and turned them into 22 points in the first 20 minutes of play. At the end of 40 minutes, BYU turned the ball over 20 times and the Tigers totaled 30 points off the Cougar miscues.
  • In the third, both teams slowed down as BYU went 1-of-7 and scoreless for another string of four minutes.
  • BYU repeated their shooting troubles in the fourth with another 1-of-7 run including a three-minute scoring drought as the Tigers created their largest lead of the night ahead of BYU by 12 points.
  • With a minute left to play in the fourth, the Tigers made three straight buckets to secure the victory over the Cougars.
  • Pacific out-shined the Cougars in total rebounds (35-28), steals (12-8), points off turnovers (30-18), and assists (15-12).
  • This is the second time at the Alex G. Spanos Center and fourth time overall that the Tigers have taken down the Cougars.
  • Pacific finished shooting 46 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the arc.

Things You Need To Know

  • LI FOR THREE: Li hit five threes in the win over BYU, a career-high for a single game. In the first half she was 4-of-5 and 16 points. She finished with a career-high 24 points and the second 20-point game of her career.
  • SECOND CHANCES: Pacific held the advantage in rebounding and grabbed 16 boards to BYU's eight. The Tigers also recorded 21 second chance points, their second most of the season.
  • DUB-DUB: Luaulu-Summers dropped 25 points and snagged 10 rebounds in the win for her second double-double of the 2017-18 campaign. The senior also went to the line 18 times, sinking 15, a season-high and third most in program history.

Next Up
The home stand continues for the Orange and Black as they welcome Santa Clara on Thursday, Feb. 1 and Pepperdine on Saturday, Feb. 3. On Saturday, the Pacific women's basketball team will be hosting their annual Pacific Plays Pink game where the team will recognize cancer survivors and will have special warm-up jerseys with the names of the cancer survivors on the back. Both contests will feature a live stream courtesy of TheW.tv and live stats via PacificTigers.com.

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