Tigers lead early but fall to Cal 81-69.

Tigers lead early but fall to Cal 81-69.

GAME SUMMARY:

An early first half lead by the Tigers fell just short of beating No. 23 Cal on Sunday afternoon at Stanford's Maple Pavillion as Pacific fell to the Golden Bears by a final score of 81-69. 

The Tigers tested Cal early on in the first two quarters jumping out by as much as 10 points against their Pac-12 opponent but would be outscored, 30-17, in the third as they drop their first game of the season. 

Pacific moves to 1-1 on the season while the Golden Bears add to their winning streak of 4-0.

First Quarter:

  • Pacific came out the gates ready to play as the Tigers battled back and forth with the Bears through the first eight minutes of the quarter before assembling a 7-2 run with 1:32 to go to take a manageable 18-12 lead.
  • Brooklyn McDavid netted two early shots from the key to get the Tigers going tallying seven points in seven minutes.
  • The Orange and Black got good looks from the field outshooting Cal 21-12 in the first quarter.
  • A pestering fullcourt pressure rattled the Bears early on as the Tigers forced seven turnovers.

Second Quarter:

  • UOP continued it's spree of hot shooting as Ameela Li knocked down a jumpshot and Lianna Tillman drained a three in the first minute to put the Tigers up by nine, 23-14. 
  • Isabel Newman would lift the Tigers with a pullup three pointer at the 6:45 mark. Newman would go on to finish a fastbreak layup off a steal by Jessica Blakeslee to keep Cal at bay, down 28-20. 
  • Valerie Higgins converted on 4-4 free throws down the stretch putting the Tigers back up by 10 with just over two minutes in the half. 
  • The Bears would go on a 6-0 run, however, in the final minute to trim the Tigers' lead down to 1, 34-33, heading into the break. 

Third Quarter:

  • The Orange and Black would struggle from the field after halftime shooting 4-18 in the quarter.
  • Cal went 7-14 in the third quarter and outrebounded the Tigers 16-13 to put them in front. 
  • With the score knotted at 39-39, the Tigers were held without a bucket while Cal converted on four shots to pull away 48-39. This marked the Bears' first lead of the ball game. 
  • Pacific had four looks at the basket in the final minute but could not find the back end as they trailed Cal 56-44 after three. 

Fourth Quarter:

  • Higgins and Li combined for 16 points in the quarter to keep the Tigers in contention. The duo combined for 6-9 shooting in the quarter.
  • The Tigers trimmed the margin to as close as seven, 66-59, off a Li three pointer with 5:25 to go. 
  • Pacific would trade baskets with the Bears in the final three minutes of play. McDavid scored four of her six points in the third during that stretch.

Notables:

  • The Tigers moved the ball efficiently making 27 baskets off 22 assists on Sunday. Six Tiger players tallied multiple assists in the contest with Li leading the way with a season-high eight. 
  • UOP also converted 18 points off 17 turnovers, seven of which occured in the first quarter. 
  • Valerie Higgins recorded a career-high 17 points to lead the Tigers. The redshirt sophomore came off a 13-point game versus UC Davis (Nov. 11th).