STOCKTON, Calif. - Behind Jenelle Grant's 19 rebounds, the Pacific women's basketball team took care of the Cal State Fullerton Titans Monday evening, 81-65 at the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers shot 42% and went 14-18 from the free throw line and took advantage of the Titans 22 turnovers turning them into 21 points.
With the win, Pacific moves to 1-0 to start the season, while Fullerton moves to 1-1 after the loss.
The first half was dominated by Pacific who, after 55 seconds, never trailed again in the game. Chelsea Lidy had three fast breaks to give her six quick points in the first 20 minutes, while Grant had 11 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. The Tigers snagged 10 steals from the Titans and also recorded a team total of 46 rebounds with 16 of those coming on offense to only allow nine Titan points in the first quarter.
In the second half, Pacific shot 51 percent and went on a 7-0 run within 30 seconds to secure the victory .
In Case You Missed It
- No Sleep Til Brooklyn: Anaya Brooklyn McDavid was just shy of a double-double in her Pacific debut with 17 points and nine rebounds
- Don't Take It For Granted: Jenelle Grant recorded a career-high 19 rebounds in her 33 minutes of play. She also added six points and an assist in the win
- Bench Mark: The Tiger bench racked up 40 points in the win with Jessica Blakeslee hitting a pair of three's, while Chelsea Lidy recorded 10 points.
- Luaulu-Summers Time: Senior GeAnna Luaulu-Summers tallied 14 points and was 5-6 at the chairs stripe as she moves closer to 1,000 career points.
Head Coach Bradley Davis' Take
"The second quarter wasn't ideal and we didn't take great shots and that's going to happen. Then when we did get some good looks we were good to go. With a team with as much youth as we have, to be able to get back behind and stay tough enough to come out in the second half and put some more points on the board, I was proud of them."
Things You Need To Know
- Nine different Tigers scored in the win with 23 points coming from the newcomers McDavid and Savannah Sumsion.
- Luaulu-Summers is now 152 points shy of 1000. She can become the 22nd member of Pacific's 1000 point club in 16 games if she maintains her career scoring average of 10.2 points, or in 12 games at her 2016-17 pace of 14.5 points per game.
- Ameela Li paced the Tigers in assists with six as she also contributed six points and seven rebounds to start the season. From the free throw line, the junior was 2-2.
- With the win, the Tigers have now won seven of their last 12 home games, with five home games left before they hit the road for Northern Colorado.
The Orange and Black continue their six-game home stand Wednesday as they take on the UC Merced Bobcats at 5 p.m. The matchup will feature a live stream and live stats free of charge via PacificTigers.com and TheW.tv.