USF, Santa Clara women lose in WCC tournament

Jasmine Jones scored 15 points to lead four Loyola Marymount players in double figures and the Lions ousted USF from the WCC women’s tournament with a 66-45 victory Friday in Las Vegas.

The Dons (7-24), coming off an opening-round win over Portland in which they shot 47 percent, were 17-for-45 (38 percent) from the floor against Loyola Marymount in a game in which they did not lead.

Nia Alexander, with 11 points, was USF’s lone double-figure scorer.

Loyola Marymount (18-13) advances to a quarterfinal meeting with St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

Pacific 76, Santa Clara 60: The Tigers (18-11) closed the third quarter with an 11-2 run to take the lead for good, then used an 8-0 run midway through the fourth to pull away as they eliminated the Broncos (14-17).

Valerie Higgins scored 18 points, Brooklyn McDavid 16 and Piedmont High alum Ameela Li 11 for Pacific, which will play Pepperdine in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Lauren Haywood had 14 points, Ashlyn Herlihy 11 and Tia Hay 10 for Santa Clara.

“This is the toughest time of the year when a group has been together this long, and the season comes to an end,” Santa Clara head coach Bill Carr said. “As I told the team in the locker room, I would go to battle with this group just about anywhere.”


San Diego 62, Santa Clara 45: The Toreros jumped to a 7-0 lead and limited the Broncos to 28 percent shooting as they rolled to victory to advance to a quarterfinals meeting with BYU.

Isaiah Wright scored 23 points for San Diego (20-13), which lost by 12 at Santa Clara in January.

Trey Wertz had 12 points to lead the Broncos (16-15) in the rematch.

Pepperdine 68, Loyola Marymount 65: Colbey Ross, who scored 20 points, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30.5 seconds left and the Waves (15-17) overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to edge the Lions (20-11) and advance to a quarterfinal meeting with USF.

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