Women's Hoops Visits Pepperdine, Hosts USF

Women's Hoops Visits Pepperdine, Hosts USF

Game Notes

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team returns to action Thursday at Pepperdine before returning home to face San Francisco on Saturday as the first place Tigers continue West Coast Conference play.

Pacific will take on the Waves in Malibu at 7 p.m. Thursday, and welcome USF to the Alex G. Spanos Center on Saturday in a 2 p.m. tip-off.

The Tigers, at 3-1 in the WCC, are tied for first with BYU and Santa Clara. BYU handed Pacific its first conference loss last Saturday, 68-55. Pacific's 68-55 loss to BYU matched the Tigers' lowest scoring game this year (at No. 9 UCLA). The Tigers were done in by a second quarter in which BYU held a 26-11 advantage as the Tigers shot 3-of-11 from the field to BYU's 10-of-14. For the rest of the game, Pacific out-scored the Cougars 44-42, but the cold stretch in the second, combined with BYU's hot hand was too much for the Tigers to overcome.

GeAnna Luaulu-Summers scored 10 points to lead Pacific against BYU, while Emily Simons tied a season-high with 10 rebounds. Simons is now averaging 7.5 rebounds per game in the last seven contests, a stretch which includes her first career double-double.

Desire Finnie has scored in double figures in eight of the last nine games, as she finished the with five points against BYU. Finnie is averaging 16.8 PPG in WCC action with 22 points against San Diego and a season-high 23 at Gonzaga. Her streak of eight-straight games in double figures was the longest streak of her career.

The Tigers turnaround in conference play has largely been due to defense, as Pacific cut its field goal percentage allowed from .438 in non-conference play, to .397 in WCC action.

Pacific is leading the WCC in scoring offense (77.1 points per game, 27th in NCAA), three-point shooting (37.2 percent, 25th NCAA), three-pointers made (8.5, 14th NCAA) and free throw percentage (77.5, 15th in the NCAA). Luaulu-Summers (90.2%) leads the WCC and is 19th in the NCAA from the stripe, while Chelsea Lidy (85.0%) is second in the WCC and 49th in the NCAA in free throw shooting.

The Tigers take on a Pepperdine team that went 2-9 in non-conference play before opening the WCC season 2-2 with wins over Gonzaga and San Diego. The Waves have fallen to Portland and Loyola Marymount in their other two conference games. Pepperdine ranks fifth in the WCC in scoring defense and second in both field goal percentage defense, and three-point percentage defense. The Waves are ninth in scoring offense.

San Francisco enters the week at 8-7 overall, and 2-2 in the WCC. USF posted a 15-point win over San Diego and an overtime win over Santa Clara to start 2-0 before back-to-back losses last week at Gonzaga (by 15) and at Saint Mary's, by three. USF will take on BYU at home on Thursday before visiting Stockton.

All West Coast Conference women's basketball games are available to stream, free via TheW.tv.