The Pepperdine women's basketball team never trailed Thursday afternoon as the Waves beat Pacific, 81-72, to open the West Coast Conference tournament and advance to the quarterfinals.
The Waves got big games from freshmen Paige Fecske and Yasmine Robinson-Bacote, as well as a clutch performance from veteran Allie Green in the win. Pepperdine moves on to face top-seeded Brigham Young on Friday at noon in Las Vegas.
The Waves shot 49.1% and had four players score in double figures. Fecske led all scorers with 21 points, while Robinson-Bacote matched her season high with 18.
Hallie Eackles led Pacific with 18 points, but was just two for 10 from the three-point line. The Tigers shot 28.6% from beyond the arc, converting six of 21 three-point attempts.
Loyola Marymount 85, Portland 72: A hot start and a late final push sent the seventh-seeded Lions into the West Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals with a win over the 10th-seeded Portland Pilots.