Women's Hoops Trounces Portland, 91-55

Ameela Li - Photo by Keith Colgan
Ameela Li - Photo by Keith Colgan

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STOCKTON, Calif. - All 10 Tigers who played scored for the Pacific women's basketball team as the Tigers rolled over the visiting Portland Pilots, 91-55, Saturday afternoon at the Alex G. Spanos Center. Ameela Li paced the Tigers with a career-high 20 points and seven assists, while GeAnna Luaulu-Summers recorded a double-double with 14 points and ten dimes. Anaya Brooklyn McDavid had her eleventh game in double-figures with 17 points and Jenelle Grant registered 10 points combined with seven boards.

Pacific improves to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in the West Coast Conference, having won back-to-back games, while Portland falls to 4-13 overall and remains winless in the WCC at 0-6

In Case You Missed It

  • The Tigers got off to a hot start again beginning with a 15-2 run, including eight fast-break points.
  • Pacific's defense forced nine Portland turnovers in the first 10 minutes of play and the Tigers turned those turnovers into eight points.
  • The Orange and Black held the Pilots to only 10 points in the first quarter, the second-best defensive quarter by Pacific this year.
  • The second quarter mirrored the first for Pacific, as they went on a 7-0 run and kept the Pilots from scoring any field goals for over four consecutive minutes.
  • At the break, Portland was shooting just 32 percent from the field, including 1-9 in the last four minutes of the half.
  • Heading into halftime, the Tigers held the Pilots to only 22 points, the Tigers' best defensive half of the season.
  • The Orange and Black offense kept the heat going from Thursday's win with 59 percent field-goal percentage after two quarters.
  • To begin the third, the Tiger defense held the Pilots to only four points for the first five minutes of the quarter.
  • The Tigers remained hot in the second half by dropping 30 points in the third quarter, good for their second best all season after they scored 32 against UC Merced.
  • Pacific finished with 91 total points as they continue to lead the WCC in scoring offense and remain in the top 50 nationally averaging 77.4 points per game.
  • All 10 Tigers that saw the floor Saturday scored for Pacific.
  • The 32-point margin of victory is the third best against a WCC school since joining the conference for the 2013-14 season.
  • Li went 8-9 from the field including 2-2 from beyond the arc and 2-2 at the charity stripe.
  • Savannah Sumsion came off the bench strong for the home team sinking four of her five shots for eight points.

Head Coach Bradley Davis' Take
Portland is a good team that has been in every single game so we know they are going to get scores, but we just have to have the toughness to withstand their best shot and then come back with our own, which is what we did today.

We are an up-tempo team and that starts with defense. There are a lot of players that want to play a fast paced game and it requires the necessity to be in great shape and the ability to play defense with intensity and urgency, which is another aspect that we did well today. Conference is a grind and we started out with a tough four games, but we are getting in a routine and leaving it all out on the court.

Things You Need To Know

  • PAINT LEADS TO MASTERPIECES: The Tigers scored a season-high 40 points in the paint against the Pilots, beating the previous season-high of 32 recorded against UC Merced.
  • 7-0: In their last two games, Pacific has led for a total of 76 out of 80 minutes. When the Tigers are leading after three quarters this season, they are 7-0.
  • CAPITALIZED: Pacific forced the Pilots to turn the ball over 30 times and capitalized on the Pilot errors turning them into 38 points, another season high for the Tigers.
  • 1,000 DESIRES: Desire Finnie dropped eight points against Portland bringing her to a total of 950 career points, just 50 points away from becoming the 23rd player in program history to accomplish the feat.

Next Up
The Tigers have back-to-back road games for the first time this season heading to Pepperdine for a Thursday evening matchup at 7 p.m. followed by a Saturday matinee at Saint Mary's at 2 p.m. Both games will feature a free live stream free of charge via TheW.tv and Saturday's game will include audio by Don Gubbins, the voice of Pacific women's basketball.

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 k_kenyon@u.pacific.edu.

Follow the Tigers
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.