In the last game of the regular season, the Portland Pilots rode out the Pepperdine Waves by soundly beating them in their conference 82-58. Though it will do little to help their season this year, as the Pilots are last in the WCC after going 3-16 in conference play, it was a solid consolation victory that brought loud cheers to the Chiles Center after a rough season.
The Pilots came out strong early on, breaking into a double-digit lead within the first quarter. Pepperdine’s 38 percent from the field was nowhere near enough to outplay the Pilots, who shot 55 percent from the field. Portland was also deadly from behind the arc, shooting 50 percent from a three-point range.
Darian Slaga proved to be a menace on the court once again after putting up 23 points. Senior Sara Zaragoza also had a great game, with her last start in Portland colors resulting in 16 points for the Spanish center. With this win, the Pilots were able to end a turbulent season on a high note and offer a hopeful glimpse at next year.