14 Sam Pettinger
14 Sam Pettinger
Height: 5-10
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Mill Creek, Wash.
High School: Archbishop Murphy
Position: G

The Tigers all-time leader in games played (128), Sam Pettinger ranked in the top 25 in Pacific history in four categories after her senior season: games played (1st), blocked shots (24th), assists (25th) and steals (25th). She scored 400 points, with 263 career rebounds, 193 assists, 113 steals and 28 blocks.

Senior (2013-14)
Started all 31 games for Pacific, scoring 149 points while shooting a career-best .426 from the field. Knocked down 23 three-pointers on 67 attempts (.343). Averaged 1.8 assists per game with 55 helpers. Recorded 25 steals and blocked six shots. 29 of her 56 rebounds came on the offensive glass. Scored a career-high 16 points in a win at BYU (Jan. 2), connecting on 6-of-7 from the field and a career-best four three-pointers (on five attempts). Added 13 points vs Portland (Mar. 7) in the WCC Tournament on 5-of-5 shooting from the field, and 2-2 of two from the free throw line. Tallied a career-high 10 rebounds against BYU in the WCC Semifinals (Mar. 10). Closed her career with 11-of-16 shooting in her final three games with 10 points per game, including 8 in her final game against Oregon in the WNIT (Mar. 20). Established a new career high (later broken) with 14 points against UC Davis (Nov. 11) on 6-of-10 shooting. Hit a trio of three-pointers for 11 points against Loyola Marymount (Jan. 16). Handed out a career-high six asists in a win at Portland (Feb. 27).

Junior (2012-13):
Appeared in all 35 games, starting three times and averaging 15.4 minutes per game. Shot 80 percent from the free throw line (24-of-30). Hit 11 three pointers in 39 attempts. Handed out 41 assists (1.2 per game) and registered 27 steals. Of her 56 rebounds, 25 came on the offensive glass. Scored a career-high 11 points in the Tigers' win at Eastern Washington (Nov. 11), hitting four-of-nine from the field. Dished out a career-best seven assists in the Tigers win over Hawai'i (Jan. 17). Added four assists against CSU Bakersfield (Dec. 31). Turned in nine games with multiple assists including three each against Cal State Northridge (Jan. 19), at UC Riverside (Jan. 24) and at UC Davis (March 9). Recorded a season-high four steals against San Francisco (Dec. 29) and added a pair of steals against UALR (March 22) and Utah (March 28) in WNIT action. Chipped in seven points against Long Beach State (Feb. 2) and at Hawai'i (Feb. 16). Hit a pair of three-pointers against UC Davis (Jan. 5) for six points. Scored five points in the WNIT Second Round win at Washington (March 24) and added five more against Utah in the WNIT Third Round (March 28). Also scored five points at No. 1 Stanford (Dec. 15). Recorded a blocked shot on seven different occasions.  A member of the 2012-13 Big West All-Academic Team.

Sophomore (2011-12):
A 2011-12 Big West All-Academic Team selection. Appeared in all 32 games and started the last 14. Averaged 3.4 points per game and 1.8 assists per game. As a starter, averaged 4.6 points per game and 1.9 assists per contest. Set her career high in back-to-back games with 10 points against Cal Poly (Mar. 3) and in the Big West Quarterfinal against UC Davis (Mar. 6). Connected on four of eight field goals and two of four free throws versus the Mustangs, while hitting three-of six, including a pair of threes, and both free throws against the Aggies. Dealt four assists at No. 4 UConn (Nov. 15) and added five assists against Cal State Bakersfield (Nov. 22). Also handed out five helpers against Long Beach State (Jan. 12), UC Riverside (Feb. 9) and UC Irvine (Feb. 11). Posted a season-high six assists at UC Riverside (Jan. 7). Pacific went 6-1 when Pettinger handed out four or more assists, with the lone loss coming to UConn. Posted multiple steals in 13 games, including three steals on six separate occasions. Posted six rebounds against Southern Illinois Edwardsville and grabbed a career-high seven boards versus Cal Poly (Jan. 26) to go with eight points. A member of the 2011-12 Big West All-Academic Team.

2010-11 (Freshman):
Appeared in 30 of the Tigers' 31 games, averaging 15 minutes per contest. Averaged 1.5 points per game, while handing out 1.3 assists per game as the Tigers' back-up point guard. Handed out multiple assists in 11 games, including a career-high five helpers against Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 2). Connected on 12 of 15 free throw attempts on the season, for a percentage of .800. Logged a career-high 31 minutes against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 8, and picked up a career-high three steals with a pair of assists. Set a career-high in points against San Diego (Nov. 11) with seven, and matched that output with seven at Long Beach State (Jan. 27) Grabbed a career-high five rebounds at Southern Utah (Nov. 23).

High School
Pettinger led the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats with over 11 points per game as well as six assists per game. She finishes as the Wildcats' career leader assists and steals. On the season the Wildcats went undefeated in the 1A/2A Cascade League, and placed fifth in the Washington State championship tournament. Pettinger was named the District MVP, landing on the All-State Tournament Team and also earned the Sportsmanship Award in the Washington State championship tournament. During her junior season, she was named to the 2009 End of Trail All-Tournament Team and helped Archbishop Murphy to a 26-1 season, the Cascade Conference championship and the 2A District championship. Pettinger led the squad with an 11.3 points per game, earning All-League honors. As a sophomore, Pettinger and the Wildcats finished 18-5 on the year as she earned her second-consecutive Second Team All-Cascade Conference honors. She averaging 8.1 points per game in 2007-08, while earning End of Trail All-Tournament Team honors. As a freshman, she averaged 9.0 points per game to help the Wildcats compile a 15-8 record in the 2006-07 season. A dual-sport athlete, Pettinger also lettered in soccer as a starter all four seasons. As a senior on the pitch, Pettinger and the Wildcats finished a perfect 23-0 season that saw them crowned as the 2A Washington State Champions. Sam netted 23 goals, with 16 assists as the team's top scorer. She earned All-Conference First Team, All-District First Team All Divisions and All-State First Team honors. During the 2009 season, Pettinger was named the Seattle Times State Athlete of the Week on Nov. 21, 2009. In 2008, the Wildcats' soccer squad finished 19-3 en route to a league and district championship title, finishing third in the state of Washington. Sam claimed Second Team All-Cascade Conference accolades for the second time, after doing so as a sophomore in 2007, when Archbishop Murphy HS finished 22-1 on the year with another Cascade Conference and district title to its name. Pettinger kicked off her soccer career with all-league honorable mention as a freshman in 2006, after the Wildcats finished 20-3 on the year as the 2A Washington State champions.

Daughter of Hope and Brad Pettinger, Pettinger has one older brother, Nick. Her cousin Matt Pettinger played nine seasons in the National Hockey League. Majoring in Business Administration, Marketing.


 Sam Pettinger Career Stats 


  Minutes  Total  3-Point  F-Throws  Rebounds   
Year  gp-gs  min  avg  fg  fga  pct  fg  fga  pct  ft  fta  pct  off  def  tot  avg  pf  fo  ast  t/o  blk  stl  pts  avg 
2010-11   30-0  450  15.0  14  59  .237  29  .138  12  15  .800  11  35  46  1.5  44  38  57  22  44  1.5 
2011-12   32-14  662  20.7  40  124  .323  17  61  .279  11  18  .611  20  56  76  2.4  61  59  57  39  108  3.4 
2012-13   35-3  539  15.4  32  97  .330  11  39  .282  24  30  .800  25  31  56  1.6  45  41  43  27  99  2.8 
TOTAL  97-17  1651  17.0  86  280  .307  32  129  .248  47  63  .746  56  122  178  1.8  150  138  157  22  88  251  2.6