LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The University of the Pacific women's basketball team fell in round three of the West Coast Conference Championships to the University of San Diego on Monday afternoon, 66-56.
The Tigers' fall to 15-17 overall, while the Toreros' improve to 17-14.
It was a slow, sloppy start for both teams, as they struggled to get on the board. Maya Hood managed to draw a foul on the Tigers to score two from the line to get USD on the board first. About 40 seconds later, Jenelle Grant hit the first shot for the Tigers to trail, 4-2.
Towards the end of the first quarter, Savannah Sumsion grabbed the offensive rebound and put it back up to end the Toreros' 6-0 run and bring the Tigers within six at 10-4. However, USD closed out the first with the 14-6 lead.
In the second quarter, the Orange and Black found their momentum, as they went on a 7-2 run to bring the score within four points at 18-14. The run started with GeAnna Luaulu-Summers draining a shot from downtown but the Toreros' Myah Pace answered back with a layup. From there, Anaya Brooklyn McDavid and Luaulu-Summers knocked four shots in from the line to bring the score within four points.
In the final minute and a half of the second quarter, Chelsea Lidy scored the final four points of the half to bring the Tigers' within one at 29-28, after battling back from a 10-point deficit.
However, it was not enough, as Pacific let it slip out of their reach in the second half, and struggled to overcome the Toreros' defense to fall, 66-56.
Desire Finnie finished as the leading scorer with 22 points, while Luaulu-Summers had 11. Finnie also grabbed seven rebounds in 27 minutes of action.
Sydney Williams led the USD offense with 20 points.
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