Game 1: Pepperdine 55 vs Pacific 73
The final score of this game doesn’t accurately represent how the game went. Pepperdine hung around all game, and were down just 3 points heading into the fourth quarter. Throughout the fourth quarter, it seemed as though there was a lid on the basket. The Waves just could not get a basket to fall. Pacific went off for 25 points in the quarter, while Pepperdine only scored 10. From the tip off, this game was a full on sprint. Both teams went full speed all game, and this pace favored Pacific as they have a deeper bench than the Waves do. Pacific also had 11 steals in the game, and made 10 three pointers to Pepperdine’s 2.
Game 2: Portland 47 vs San Diego 74
This game was only close for the first quarter, after that, it was all San Diego. Fouls were a problem for Portland, as they sent San Diego to the free throw line a whopping 23 times. In this game, San Diego was just too much for Portland.
Game 1: Santa Clara 57 vs Saint Mary’s 60
Talk about a nail bitter, this game was back and forth for the full 40 minutes. The Gaels utilized their inside out game very well. Both teams struggled in the turnover category, tallying 20 and 22 respectively. The Broncos turned the ball over three times in the final minutes of the game, essentially sealing their fate. They opened the door for the Gaels, and they had players step up and sink big shots. The Gaels relied heavily on the experience of Devyn Galland, as she facilitated the game extremely well and sank two free throws in the final 30 seconds to put the Gaels up by three. The Broncos had three shots to tie the game on their final possession, but were unable to convert.
Game 2: San Francisco 80 vs LMU 67
Balance was the key in this game for the Dons. LMU was able to hang around for a majority of the game, thanks to their stellar defense and ability to shut down Rachel Howard. Howard only had 3 field goals all game, but still managed to score 17 points. Unlike other games this season, the Dons had four players in double figures. Both teams shot extremely well from the three point line, but San Francisco won the shoot out.
Game 3: Gonzaga 91 vs Pacific 59
This game was all Gonzaga from the start. Pacific looked fatigued from their game Thursday against Pepperdine, and their shots weren’t falling. While Gonzaga took advantage of their height and size and played extremely well through their posts. The third quarter was the difference maker in this game, with the Zags holding Pacific to only 6 points. All but one player on Gonzaga who played more than a minute scored at least three points. The Zags rolled past the Tigers and were able to rest most of their starters in the process.
Game 4: BYU 75 vs San Diego 66
San Diego had a big lead at half, and they had the Cougars stunned, but BYU came out in the second half and started playing basketball. They came back and tied the game, forcing overtime. Turnovers (18) and fouls (27) were the downfall for San Diego. The Cougars made an outstanding comeback from 18 down to win the game in overtime.
San Francisco vs Gonzaga: They split the series this season. This game should be a shootout, especially if both teams can knock shots down from the perimeter.
BYU vs Saint Mary’s: They split the series this season. Expect this game to be extremely physical.