SAN DIEGO— Madison Pollock
tied her season high, scoring 20 points but it was not enough as San Diego fell to Loyola Marymount, 69-52 on Thursday night in the JCP.
After a tightly contest three quarters of play where neither team led by more than seven, the Lions (9-6, 2-1 WCC) outscored the Toreros (8-6, 1-2 WCC) 26-16 in the final period to secure the win over USD.
Pollock paced the Toreros with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Sydney Hunter
chipped in 12 points and a team-high three steals. Patricia Brossmann
and Myah Pace
finished with six points apiece and Brossmann added five rebounds, while Pace led the team with four assists.
The teams traded the lead to start the contest before the Lions pulled away by four late in the second period to hold a slight advantage at the half, 26-22. The Toreros shot 37 percent (11-of-30) from the field compared to 36 percent (11-of-31) for the Lions, and Pollock went 5-for-7 from the field to lead USD with 10 points at the break.
San Diego started the third quarter strong pulling within one point on a jumper by Leticia Soares
with 6:43 remaining in the period. But LMU answered with a 6-0 run to extend their lead 36-29 and slow USD's momentum.
The Toreros made it a one-score game again, trailing 37-34 with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter behind strong play from Pollock and Pace. However, the Lions would not relinquish the lead, shooting 89 percent from the field (8-of-9) and 3-of-3 from behind the arc in the final period to secure the victory.
San Diego held a slight 16-14 advantage in points off of turnovers while LMU dominated in the paint 44-26. The Lions were led by Chelsey Gipson who finished with 26 points—including all of LMU's points behind the arc—and Gabby Green who finished with team highs in rebounds (9), assists (5) and steals (4) in addition to her 18 points.
The Lions won the rebound battle, collecting 39 boards compared to San Diego's 32. USD struggled from behind the arc, hitting 2-of-13 from three-point range while LMU finished 3-of-7, with all three buckets coming in the fourth quarter to cement the victory.
The Toreros remain home to host Pepperdine on Saturday inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion at 2 p.m. PT.