Pacific cruises by San Francisco State

Photo by Keith Colgan
Photo by Keith Colgan

Pacific women's basketball cruised to an 89-41 victory over San Francisco State in the final exhibition game prior to the start of the 2018-19 season.

The Tigers outscored the Gators in each quarter and held S.F. State to single digits in the final two. San Francisco State led for just 28 seconds while the Tigers lit up the scoreboard from the field shooting 45.9 percent and 30.9 percent from three-point range. Pacific also dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Gators 57-26 in the game and earned 29 second-chance points thanks to 28 offensive rebounds, which nearly equaled their defensive total of 29. The Tigers moved the ball well to set up open jumpers and recorded 23 assists in the game.

The first half was tighter than the second, but Pacific was still able to pull away early. The Tigers led 43-27 at the break thanks to a whopping 45.7 shooting percentage from three-point land. Pacific also went 6-9 from the line in the opening 20 minutes.

In the second half, the Tiger defense kicked up their play a couple of notches to hold the Gators to eight points in the third quarter and just six in the fourth. Pacific's defensive efforts stifled San Francisco State's offensive efforts by holding them to just 18.2 percent from the field and 7.7 percent from three. Both shooting percentages were less than half of what the Gators were able to muster in the first two quarters. The offensive performance matches the defensive as the Tigers went 18-39 from the field in the final two quarters.

Pacific will look to carry their momentum from a big win in their final exhibition into the season opener on Thursday when Pacific hosts William Jessup in a 7 p.m. match at the Alex G. Spanos Center.