Women's Hoops Falls To Gonzaga In WCC Quarters

Women's Hoops Falls To Gonzaga In WCC Quarters

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - GeAnna Luaulu-Summers scored 18 points for Pacific while Jenelle Grant continued her breakout tournament but top-seeded Gonzaga's length was too much for the Pacific women's basketball team to handle, as the Tigers fell 91-59 Friday at the West Coast Conference Basketball Championship Quarterfinals

Grant finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Chelsea Lidy added 13 points for the Tigers. Grant averaged 12 points and eight rebounds in her freshman WCC Tournament.

Gonzaga opened the game shooting 4-of-14, but finished 27-of-51 after the first quarter. The Bulldogs owned a 49-28 advantage in rebounding, and a 38-14 advantage in points in the paint.

Luaulu-Summers opened the scoring with a long two, but Elle Tinkle answered with a drive. Lidy connected on a three from the corner for a 5-2 Pacific lead. After a pair of free throws, Tinkle scored in transition for a 6-5 Gonzaga lead. Laura Stockton capped an 8-0 run for a 10-5 Gonzaga lead before Luaulu-Summers hit another pull-up jumper. The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 15-7 from the free throw line before Luaulu-Summers drilled a three.  Grant added a three as the Tigers pulled within 15-13 before the end of the first.

Lidy tied the game with a jumper to start the second, but Zykera Rice answered right back with a pair of buckets for the Bulldogs. Ameela Li connected on a three to cut the margin to 19-18 but the Zags led 25-18 on a pair of inside buckets and a run-out.  Grant put an end to a 13-0 Gonzaga run, but the Tigers were down 12, 32-20. Luaulu-Summers added a three-pointer before Pacific put together a 7-0 run to pull within 37-30 at the half.

The Bulldogs finished shot 9-of-18 from the field in the second quarter and out-rebounded the Tigers 25-12. The Zags also got to the line, hitting 10-of-11, while Pacific attempted just three free throws in the first half.

Gonzaga opened the third quarter with back-to-back buckets before a jumper from Lidy. But Jill Barta hit an open three to push Gonzaga's lead back to 13, at 46-33, as the Tigers started 1-of-7 from the field and Gonzaga used a 9-0 run to raise the lead to 52-33. Pacific connected on just 2-of-16 in the third quarter, while Gonzaga hit 9-of-16 and a 20-3 run by the Bulldogs enabled the lead to swell to 63-36.

Grant added a three-pointer and a lay-up while being fouled, while Tylah King added a three and Najah Queenland a driving bucket, but Gonzaga led by as many as 36 down the stretch, the largest deficit Pacific faced all season.

Barta led Gonzaga with 23 points while Tinkle finished with 10 points.

The Bulldogs improve to 23-6 on the year and advance to Monday's semifinals. Gonzaga also improved to 2-1 against the Tigers this season after the Tigers posted a win in Spokane on Dec. 31.

Pacific wraps the 2016-17 season at 10-21 overall.