STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team preps for a pair of West Coast Conference matchups this week hosting Saint Mary's on Thursday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Provo, Utah to take on BYU on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.
Pacific sits at 6-7 overall and 0-2 to start WCC play after falling to Gonzaga and LMU in the opening weekend.
What You Need To Know
- LIDY IS THE LADY: Chelsea Lidy, in her first two starts of the season, averaged 19 points dropping 21 against Gonzaga and another 17 on LMU. She shot 43.8% from the field (14-32) including 9-16 (56 percent) against the Zags. Lidy drew 13 fouls in two games going 10-13 from the charity stripe. The junior proved to be a workhorse grabbing six boards in each game for a total of 12.
- BLAKESLEE FOR THREE: Jessica Blakeslee recorded a season-high and career-tying 14 points against LMU. She sank four of the five Pacific threes going 4-7 from downtown and sinking a pair from charity stripe in 28 minutes played.
- FEARLESS-LI: Ameela Li proved to be a workhorse for the Tigers playing all but two minutes against the Lions. This season she is averaging just over 32 minutes per game with 14.4 points per 40.
- WHERE THEY STAND: In the WCC, the Tigers are the top team in scoring offense (77.7 ppg) and free-throw percentage (71.5 percent). Pacific is top three in the conference in assists per game (16.6), steals per game (8.8), three-point field goals per game (5.5), and fourth in field-goal percentage (42.6).
Inside the Series
This season, the Gaels are 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the WCC with a loss to Loyola Marymount and a recent win against BYU. The Gaels are ahead in the overall series at 12-17 with conference play being even at 4-4 and are looking for their fifth consecutive win against the Tigers.
The Tigers hold the advantage over the Gaels in points per game (77.7-71.2), steals (114-79), and free-throw percentage (71.5-64).
Overall, the Tigers are 2-6 in conference play with the Cougars and 2-5 when visiting the Marriot Center. Pacific is looking for the first win over BYU since 2015 when they defeated the Cougars 86-82 at the Alex G. Spanos Center
This season, the Cougars are 6-7 overall and 1-1 since conference play began defeating Portland before falling to Saint Mary's. In non-conference play, the Cougars went on a four-game skid including losses to Northern Colorado and a heavy loss to California, 70-45.
Follow the Tigers
Both Thursday's and Saturday's matchups will have a free broadcast stream with Thursday's contest provided by TheW.tv, the West Coast Conference digital network and can be accessed via PacificTigers.com. Saturday's game will be produced and provided by BYUtv and can be accessed via PacificTigers.com.
For more information about the Pacific women's basketball team, be sure to follow @Pacific_Hoops on Twitter and @pacificwbb on Instagram.
Pacific women's basketball fans can follow all of the action as if they were in the front row of every game, providing access to score updates, statistics, game recaps and more with the new Pacific Tigers Front Row app available for free in the App Store and Google Play.
Pacific Plays Pink
The Pacific women's basketball team will be hosting their annual Pacific Plays Pink game on Saturday, February 3 at 2 p.m. against the Pepperdine Waves. On that day, the team will recognize cancer survivors and will have special warm-up jerseys with the names of the cancer survivors on the back. If you would like to sponsor a player to have a name on the back of their jersey, please contact Kendall Kenyon at firstname.lastname@example.org.