It was a night of ups and downs out on the Bluff Monday afternoon, with the Portland Pilots (9-7, 6-4 WCC) playing host to the San Diego Toreros (6-4, 3-2 WCC).
The game started off great with a little bit of history for junior guard Haylee Andrews. The 5'9" bucket getter out of Townsville, Australia drilled a three-pointer at the 7:30 mark of the first quarter that cemented her name in some rare territory. The bucket gave her 1,002 points for her career, becoming just the 28th player in program history to surpass the 1,000 point mark, becoming the first Pilots player to pass the 1,000 point mark since her former teammates Darian Slaga and Julie Spencer passed the mark in 2019, Andrews' freshman year with UP.
That was the highlight of the first half, the rest of the action was not so good.
The Pilots defense struggled to stop the Toreros, allowing San Diego to shoot 53.6% from the floor including 3-4 from deep. By halftime, the Pilots were looking at a 39-27 deficit. But that changed on a dime.
We often hear "a tale of two halves" when talking about a team's performance, and that was the case here. The Pilots made the adjustments they needed to and just pounced on the Toreros to start the second half.
Portland outscored San Diego 20-8 in the third quarter, thanks in large part to a 16-4 run to end the quarter.
The two would head to the fourth and final period all-tied at 47.
Portland took the lead with the first bucket of the fourth quarter, however, they may have used just a little too much energy to claw back.
As the Pilots ran out of gas, San Diego ended the game on a 19-8 run to pick up the 69-62 victory.
Next Up: The Pilots have the rest of the week off. They will take the court again next Monday, February 8th, when they play host to Pacific. Tipoff is set for 1:00 pm.