Pacific falls on the road to Pepperdine

Pacific falls on the road to Pepperdine

Pacific women's basketball fell on the road to Pepperdine 96-76 in a night when the Tiger offense could not get their shots to fall.

The Tigers shot 36% on the offensive end of the floor and on the defensive end could not find an answer for the West Coast Conference's leader in points per game, Yasmine Robinson-Becote who scored 29 points with 11 rebounds in the victory. Pepperdine's Barbara Sitanggan had 24 points as well.

For the Tigers, freshman Kaylin Randhawa logged her first career 20-point game with 21 points to lead the Tigers in the loss. She made six of her eight shots and was seven of eight from the free throw line. 18 of her points came in the second half. In the first half, it was sophomore forward Brooklyn McDavid that led the Tigers. She finished with 16 points and had 10 in the opening half. Senior guard Ameela Li had 11 points.

Pepperdine got going early in the wire-to-wire victory. The Waves shot 52% to start the game and Robinson-Becote had 11 points through one quarter to score half of her team's 22 points.

While Pepperdine built its lead, Pacific searched for its offensive rhythm making just 31% of its shots.

Sittanggan got going in the second quarter as she and Becote-Robinson scored 10 and 8 respectively in the second quarter to help the Waves to a 52-26 lead going into halftime.

Pacific's best quarter of the night came in the final one when the Tigers outscored Pepperdine 26-14 behind Randhawa's 11 points. However, her big fourth quarter wasn't enough to cut down the Waves' lead in the loss.

With the game against Pepperdine behind them, Pacific turns its attention to the final two games of the season against Loyola Marymount on Saturday and Saint Mary's next Friday. The loss bumps the Tigers down to sixth, which is mathematically the lowest spot in the standings Pacific can finish. A win on Saturday at LMU will move Pacific back up to fifth place. If the Tigers win out, and results elsewhere go the Tigers' way, a tie for third in the WCC standings is still in the realm of possibility.

Pacific plays Loyola Marymount at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Gersten Pavilion.

GAME SUMMARY

First Quarter:

  • Pepperdine jumped out to a 22-14 lead after one quarter by shooting 52% from the field.
  • Robinson-Becote led all players with 11 points in the quarter.
  • McDavid and senior Ameela Li led the Tigers with four points in the quarter.
  • Higgins had three points and five rebounds in the game's first quarter.

Second Quarter:

  • Pepperdine padded its league with a big 30-point quarter to outscore Pacific 30-12.
  • Sitanggan's 10 points led all players in the quarter.
  • Robinson-Becote had eight points and four rebounds.
  • McDavid's six points led the Tigers.

Third Quarter:

  • Pepperdine outscored Pacific 30-24 in the quarter.
  • Robinson-Becote's eight points led all players.
  • Randhawa's seven points led the Tigers, she also had three rebounds to lead her team.
  • Higgins had three points, two rebounds and two assists in the quarter.

Fourth Quarter:

  • Pacific battled back in the final quarter by outscoring the Waves 26-14.
  • Randhawa's 11 points led all players.
  • Pacific shot 44% as a team in the quarter, which was its best mark of the game.
  • Sophomore guard Lianna Tillman had seven points in the fourth quarter.

Notables

  • Randhawa's 21 points were a career high for the freshman.
  • McDavid's 16 points made it three-straight games with at least 10 points for her.
  • Li's 11 points moved her to 989 for her career. She is 11 away for being the 24th player in program history to reach 1,000.