STOCKTON, Calif. – The University of the Pacific women's basketball team heads to the West Coast Conference Championships on Thursday, March 1 holding the #7 seed and will face off against #10 Portland for the third time. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.
The Tigers split the season series with Portland, 1-1.
The Tigers defeated the Pilots in the first matchup at home, 91-55. Ameela Li led the offense with 20 points going 8-of-9 from the floor, 2-for-2 from beyond the arc, and 2-for-2 from the line. All-WCC Freshman Team member, Anaya Brooklyn McDavid was the second leading scorer with 17 points followed by GeAnna Luaulu-Summers with 14 and Jenelle Grant with 10. Grant grabbed seven boards to lead the Orange and Black defense.
For the Pilots, Darian Slaga, leading scorer for Portland, and Julie Spencer each scored 10 points. On defense, Spencer led grabbing five rebounds.
In the second matchup, the Pilots had the upper hand at their home court defeating the Tigers, 89-67. The Pilots had six players score in double-digits with Spencer leading the way, scoring 23 points. She went 11-for-16 from the field.
"We're excited to head into the third phase of this season, tournament time," said head coach Bradley Davis. "Our two games with Portland couldn't be more different. They've been playing well lately, and come March you always expect a competitive game. We're definitely looking forward to getting back on the court."
For Portland, Darian Slaga averages 12.6 points per game to lead the Pilots offense. Spencer is the top rebounder, averaging 7.2 boards per game.
The winner of the game will advance to the quarterfinal round on Friday, March 2 and take on Saint Mary's. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 2 p.m.