Pacific women's basketball (12-6, 4-3 WCC) fell at home today to a sharp-shooting Loyola Marymount team (11-9, 4-4 WCC), 72-67.
The Lions shot 45.5% from the field in the game and built a lead in the first half after shooting better than 53.3% to start the game. The Tiger offense wasn't able to get going until late in the game. It shot 33.8% for the game and trailed from the 4:51 mark in the first quarter on.
Pacific pulled back in the fourth quarter and cut down LMU's lead to as little as five points, but was unable to complete their second-straight come from behind win. The Lions were led by Chelsey Gipson's 28 points and five assists. She sunk 10 of her 15 shots in the game and helped Loyola out to a big lead with 16 points in the first quarter alone. Bree Alford had 20 rebounds in the game.
On the Tiger side of the stat sheet, three players had at least 10 points. Sophomore forward Brooklyn McDavid led the way with 17 points and nine rebounds as well as two blocks and two steals. She surpassed the 300-rebound barrier in the game. Sophomore guard Lianna Tillman had a big game off the bench with 16 points and three assists. Junior guard Jessica Blakeslee nailed four of her eight three-point tries for 14 points on the game with seven rebounds, a steal, a block and an assist.
Pacific trailed into the final quarter 52-38 but kicked its offense into high gear by making 10 of 19 shots to close out the game. McDavid, Blakeslee and Tillman led the charge with nine, eight and eight points respectively. The Tigers outscored Loyola 29-20 in the final quarter, but the late push wasn't enough to completely erase the Lion lead.
With the rest of the WCC still waiting to play at the time of this release, the Tigers now sit in fourth place a half-game behind Pepperdine, who the Tigers play on Saturday. With a Saint Mary's win over the Waves tonight in Moraga, Pepperdine, Pacific and Saint Mary's will share third place in the league. A Pepperdine win will put Pacific alone in fourth.
Pacific's attendance of 4,373 in today's game was the second-highest attended women's basketball game in Pacific history. It is only behind Pacific's capacity-crowd of 6,150 against No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 28, 2010.
Pacific is back in action at the Alex G. Spanos Center on Saturday when it hosts Pepperdine at 4 p.m. as the second part of a men's and women's basketball doubleheader.
- Loyola took a 22-19 lead into the second quarter behind Gipson's perfect shooting performance in which she made six of her six shots for 16 points.
- McDavid led Pacific with six points off of a 3-5 shooting performance in the quarter.
- Lianna Tillman drained a half-court buzzer-beater to cut LMU's lead to three points at the end of the quarter.
- LMU outscored Pacific 16-11 in the quarter and were led by Jasmine Jones who had six points.
- Five Tigers got on the stat sheet in the quarter with made baskets.
- Loyola outscored the Tigers 14-8 in the third quarter.
- Blakeslee led all players with six points and five rebounds.
- Sophomore Isabel Newman had four rebounds, an assist and a steal in the quarter.
- Pacific's offense exploded for 29 points in the quarter and outscored the Lions 29-20.
- McDavid had nine points while Blakeslee and Tillman both had eight points. All three players outscored all players from LMU.
- McDavid had three rebounds to go with her nine points.
- With 30 seconds left in the game, Blakeslee made back-to-back free throws to cut the lead to five points, but the Tigers were never able to cut it any closer than that.
- The crowd of 4,373 was the second-highest attended women's basketball game in Pacific's history.
- McDavid surpassed the 300 rebound mark and currently has 303 for her career.
- McDavid scored in double figures for her ninth-straight game and the 32nd time in her career.
- Blakeslee's double-figure scoring performance was the ninth of her career.
- Tillman's double-figure scoring performance was the third of her career and her second game in a row.