University of Portland Athletics

01/13/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2018 18:43

Red-Hot Tigers Get Past the Pilots in Stockton

STOCKTON, Calif. --- The Pacific Tigers opened a big lead in the first half before prevailing over the Portland Pilots 91-55 in a West Coast Conference women's basketball game played on Saturday afternoon at the Spanos Center. Darian Slaga and Julie Spencer each scored 10 points for the Pilots. Pacific (8-9, 2-4 WCC) forced the Pilots (4-13, 0-6 WCC) into some early turnovers in the first quarter as the home team jumped ahead by eight points four minutes in. Moments later Spencer cut the deficit to six points on a put-back after an offensive rebound, and the Pilots were still within nine late in the frame when Lisa-Marie Kaempf converted down low. With the Pilots trailing by 11 after one, Slaga opened the second period by drilling a three-pointer that momentarily made it an eight-point game. From there the Tigers would heat up from the field, and they soon led by 20. Pacific's lead would grow in the second half as they cruised to the win. The Pilots shot 38 percent from the field, while the Tigers combined to shoot a blistering 56 percent. Portland did out-rebound Pacific 33-31, but the Tigers converted 30 Pilot turnovers into a decisive 38 points. Ameela Li led four Tigers in double-digit scoring with a game-high 20 points, while GeAnna Luaulu-Summers collected a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. The Tigers connected on nine three-pointers and went 14 of 22 at the line. 12 of the 13 Pilots who saw action scored, and Spencer was the team's top rebounder with five boards. The Pilots hit five from behind the three-point arc and were eight of 11 on free throws. The Pilots next return home to host San Diego and Loyola Marymount in a pair of WCC games next week. Thursday tip-off with USD is set for 7 p.m., while Saturday's game with LMU will begin at 2 p.m.