Tigers Rally For Overtime Win Over UCF

Desire Finnie finishes with 23 points - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography
Desire Finnie finishes with 23 points - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography

STOCKTON, Calif. - Senior Desire Finnie hit a three with 1.3 seconds left on the clock to force overtime allowing the Tigers to work their way back to a victory over the Central Florida Knights, 78-74 at the Alex G. Spanos Center Wednesday evening. Finnie finished with a season-high 23 points, while Anaya Brooklyn McDavid earned her first-ever double-double.

Pacific finishes non-conference play at 6-5, while UCF drops to 7-5.

Although Pacific never led until overtime, the Tigers came back after being down 12 at the half to earn their win before heading into conference play.

In Case You Missed It

  • Pacific started the game hitting four of five shots, but the Knights answered by doing the same.
  • Chelsea Lidy grabbed momentum for the home team and came off the bench hitting a jumper then followed with a three to give the Tigers five quick points. She finished with seven points in 19 minutes.
  • The Knights started the second quarter with four turnovers and a two-and-a-half-minute scoring drought allowing the Tigers to come within three points to make it 21-24.
  • Both teams were hitting their shots heading into the locker room at halftime with UCF shooting 70 percent to the Tigers 48 percent with the Tigers down 41-29.
  • To start the second half, Finnie hit a jumper followed but a UCF turnover to allow McDavid an easy layup to bring the Tigers within eight.
  • The Tigers were able to even out the shooting percentages in the third, increasing to 52 percent, while UCF dropped to 55 percent after Pacific held them to another scoring drought last over three minutes.
  • After beginning the third quarter down by 12, the Tigers inched their way back to come within five points after a three from Finnie and a layup from GeAnna Luaulu-Summers.
  • Pacific held the Knights to only 12 points in the third quarter.
  • To begin the fourth quarter, the Tigers quickly got within two points after UCF missed three straight shots, while McDavid worked for a trio of buckets.
  • With the score 53-51 in favor of the Knights, Finnie stole the ball away, drew a foul then sank both her free throws to tie the game.
  • UCF answered with their first bucket of the fourth quarter four minutes in to go ahead, but Li threw up a nice shot to bring it back even, 55-55.
  • The Knights pocketed six unanswered points to break away from the Tigers, 61-55 with three minutes left in the game.
  • Pacific came within three points with 13 seconds left in the game when Finnie grabbed an offensive rebound tracked back to the three-point line and drained it to tie the game, 64-64 forcing the Tigers' first overtime of the season.
  • Pacific jumped ahead five points with one minute left in the first overtime after Finnie spun around a UCF defender and Ameela Li hit a three for their first lead of the game.

Head Coach Bradley Davis' Take
UCF is a great team and they do a good job of zoning people up and taking you out of your game and your flow which what happened in the first half. We were shooting well at the half, but we weren't getting the types of shots that we needed.

In the second, we evened out the rebounding disparity and played with more urgency and intensity on defense.  On the last play of regulation, Desire was our second option but she made a great play getting the board then had a really nice heads up play to get out and take the three.

I liked the way we finished this preseason. We played three tough games that we played at the standard we want to play at. Even though we lost to Cal, we played at a high level and came out these last two games and played with the intensity that we needed in order to win these games.

Things You Need To Know

  • BABBLIN' BROOKLYN: After early foul trouble, freshman Brooklyn McDavid gained momentum in the second half to record her first collegiate double-double with ten points and ten rebounds in 27 minutes of play.
  • BURNING DESIRE: Finnie was the Tigers' hero in Wednesday's win after grabbing the rebound and hitting the three to force overtime. She finished with a season-high 23 points and eight rebounds making it her third straight games in double figures. Through 11 games, she is averaging 13.5 points per game. She also is moving towards 1,000 career points with 890 with at least 19 games to go.
  • THE STREAKS CONTINUE: Li and Luaulu-Summers both continue their streaks of scoring 10 or more points as Li registered 15 and Luaulu-Summers racked up 10 in the win. This makes 10-straight games for Li and 12 for Luaulu-Summers, both career longs.
  • IN IT TO WIN IT: When the Tigers are victorious, they are averaging 92.2 points per game along with 44.8 rebounds, 19.8 assists and shooting 50 percent.
  • THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: At the Alex G. Spanos Center, the Tigers are averaging 83.5 points per game and shooting 46 percent from the field. Pacific is also averaging 42 rebounds, 18.6 assists, and eight steals per game when hosting opponents as they finish non-conference play 5-3 at home.

Next Up
The Tigers are back in action next Thursday, Dec. 28 to open up West Coast Conference play against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Alex G. Spanos Center at 7 p.m then head to Loyola Marymount on Saturday to battle with the Lions at 2 p.m. Both matchups will feature a live stream and live stats free of charge via PacificTigers.com and TheW.tv.

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