LOS ANGELES – The Loyola Marymount women’s basketball team (10-3, 2-0 WCC) is now 2-0 in 2017-18 WCC play after defeating the Pacific Tigers (6-7, 0-2 WCC) 75-60 on Saturday afternoon at Gersten Pavilion. Freshman Jasmine Jones recorded a career-high 15 points while pulling down six boards and junior Cheyanne Wallace led all scorers with 18 points and nine rebounds in the victory.
Pacific started out strong, taking a 9-2 lead in the opening three minutes before LMU battled back to outscore the Tigers 9-2 to tie it up at 11-11 at the 5:06 mark. Wallace scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the opening frame to help the Lions outscore Pacific 18-15 10 minutes into the contest.
LMU broke open its lead in the second quarter behind balanced scoring from Jones, Andee Velasco and Raychel Stanley, who made a major impact off the bench, outscoring Pacific 20-10 in the frame to take a 38-25 lead at the half.
The Tigers came out fighting in the third quarter, but LMU still edged Pacific 20-19 in the period to keep its lead at 14 points, 58-44, heading into the fourth. Jones and Velasco continued their dominant play for the Lions to help the team maintain its lead.
Pacific outscored LMU 9-2 to start out the fourth quarter, cutting the Lions’ lead to seven, 60-53, with 7:34 remaining. Two layups a piece from Stanley and Bree Alford got LMU rolling again as the Lions outscored the Tigers 8-3 over the next four minutes to push its lead back to 14, 70-56, with 2:47 to go. The Lions knocked down 5-of-8 free throws in the final two and a half minutes of the contest, securing the LMU win.
“It’s always a battle against Pacific, they play so hard,” LMU head coach Charity Elliott said. “We still have a long way to go. I’m very proud though. I thought Raychel Stanley was a difference-maker for us today. She came out and gave us some huge minutes, great passes and great finishes.”
Gabby Green, who leads the WCC in steals, snagged three steals in today’s win while also adding eight points, 10 boards, five assists and four blocks. Velasco tallied 15 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Alford hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds with seven points and three blocks and Stanley finished with eight points and four boards.
The Lions dominated the Tigers on the boards, outrebounding Pacific 56-44. LMU also scored 27 second-chance points to Pacific’s nine and posted 48 points in the paint while the Tigers finished with just 16.
LMU forced 20 Pacific turnovers on the day as the Lions scored 18 points off of the Tigers’ turnovers in the victory. The Lions had 12 turnovers in the game.
LMU hits the road for its next WCC matchup at Santa Clara on Thursday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. The team will then play two more road contests at Gonzaga (1/6) and San Francisco (1/11) before returning to Los Angeles.
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