LAS VEGAS – Charles Minlend scored 11 of his 16 points in the first half as San Francisco grabbed the lead early and kept going, eliminating Loyola Marymount from the second round of the West Coast Conference Tournament 82-53 on Friday at the Orleans Arena.
Fifth-seeded San Francisco (21-11) faces No. 4 seed Pacific in a 7 p.m. quarterfinal Saturday, with the winner facing No. 2 ranked and top-seeded Gonzaga in a Monday semifinal.
Pepperdine 84, Santa Clara 73: Kameron Edwards scored 21 points, Colbey Ross added 18, and the sixth-seeded Waves (17-15) downed the No. 7 seed Broncos (20-14).
Josip Vrankic paced Santa Clara with 18 points.
Pepperdine advanced to play No. 3 Saint Mary’s in Saturday’s 9 p.m. quarterfinal.
Pepperdine 87, Saint Mary’s 72: Hannah Friend scored 26 points, Monique Andriuolo added a double-double and the sixth-seeded Waves (15-14) downed the seventh-seeded Gaels (12-19).
Andriuolo finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds for Pepperdine, which plays No. 3 BYU in Saturday’s 3 p.m. quarterfinal.
Sam Simons paced Saint Mary’s with 24 points.
Pacific 67, Santa Clara 49: Valerie Higgins scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the fifth-seeded Tigers (17-13) eliminated the eighth-seeded Broncos (12-19).
Brooklyn McDavid added 12 points for Pacific, which faces fourth-seeded Portland in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Ashlyn Herlihy scored 11 points to lead Santa Clara.
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