Pacific women's basketball (6-3) went on the road to Lamar (7-4) and came out on the short end of a battle between a strong offense and a stout defense.
Pacific shot 44% from the field in the game and shot nearly 60% through the first half and had four players score in double figures in sophomores Lianna Tillman, Valerie Higgins and Brooklyn McDavid and senior Ameela Li.
However, the Cardinals forced an uncharacteristic 32 turnovers from Pacific while cleaning up on the offensive boards with 22 rebounds. In total, 59 of Lamar's 82 points were second-chance points and turnovers. Lamar's Chastadie Barrs led the way and nearly had a quadruple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 steals.
The Tigers started the game on a roll by shooting going 6-12 from the field and jumped out to a 21-12 lead by closing the first quarter on a 9-3 run. Pacific continued to have the hot hand into the second quarter making six of their nine shots and made four three-pointers to hold onto the lead into the break. McDavid led the way with 11 points in the half while Tillman had eight of her career-best 15 points in the half.
While Pacific was shooting the lights out, Lamar pressed and trapped the Tigers up and down the court forcing 18 turnovers in the first half.
The game flipped in favor of Lamar in the third quarter. Pacific scored 19 points in the quarter, the second-most in any quarter in the contest for the Tigers, but the Cardinals scored 28 points behind Barrs' 12 and Jadyn Pimentel's 10. Lamar outrebounded Pacific 16-4 in the quarter and took the team's first lead at the 5:57 mark and did not relinquish it.
Pacific trailed by just four at the final media timeout, but Lamar ended the game on a 12-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Pacific looks to close out this week-long road trip with a win at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night.
- Pacific led 21-12 through the first quarter and made half of their shots.
- McDavid, Tillman and Higgins all had five points in the quarter.
- Li had five rebounds in the quarter.
- Isabelle Parker came off the bench and had two steals, two rebounds a point and a steal in just five minutes. Tillman had two steals as well.
- The Tigers only allowed Lamar to make four of their 18 shots in the opening quarter.
- Lamar outscored the Tigers 21 to 17 in the quarter, but Pacific held on to a 38-33 lead heading into halftime.
- Lamar's Moe Kinnard led all players with nine points in the quarter.
- 14 of Lamar's 33 points came off of turnovers in the first half.
- Lamar outscored Pacific 28-19 in the quarter.
- The game's only lead change came in the third quarter.
- Chastadie Barrs led all players with 12 points.
- Lamar scored 13 second-chance points in the quarter thanks to 10 offensive rebounds.
- Lamar outscored the Tigers 21-9 and ended the game on a 12-0 run.
- Pacific had four players in double figures for the third time this season.
- Valerie Higgins' 15 points tonight extended her streak of games in double-figure scoring to nine.
- Ameela Li's 11 points extended her streak of games in double-figure scoring to eight.
- Lianna Tillman had a career-high 15 points. Her previous best was nine. She also had a career-high four steals.
- Ameela Li's seven rebounds were a season-high.
- As a team, the Tigers made 20 free throws for the first time in a game since Feb. 8, 2018, and attempted 25 for the second time this season.