Tigers see off NDSU in home opener

Tigers see off NDSU in home opener

Pacific women's basketball (2-1) picked up a win in its opening game of the Tiger Turkey Tipoff 75-68 over North Dakota State (2-3).

Brooklyn McDavid led the way with her second-straight double-double; she had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the game and was one-point shy of tying a career high. Valerie Higgins and Ameela Li both finished in double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively. Pacific trailed for only two minutes and three seconds in the contest and never trailed by more than a point.

The Tigers started fast by shooting 43% from the field in the opening half thanks in big part to McDavid's six buckets in the opening 20 minutes; she went 4-6 in the first quarter. Higgins was also crucial in the half with eight points and five of her six assists coming in the stretch. While Li helped ice the game in the final quarter going 5-6 from the line. She had seven points in the quarter, more than half of her total for the game.

North Dakota State outshot the Tigers in the game, but Pacific out-rebounded, out-assisted and went 14-17 from the line to keep up their outstanding free throw performances so far this year. Higgins went 4-5 from the line, and is 15-16 on the season. The Tigers shot 82% from the line while the Bison shot just 61%.

The Tigers close out their stretch of two games in two days tomorrow against Wyoming in a 3 p.m. game.

Game Summary:

First quarter:

  • Pacific outscored North Dakota State 25-20 in the quarter.
  • McDavid led the way in the quarter with eight points in eight minutes.
  • Six of those points came in just over two minutes. Higgins assisted on two of her three scores in the stretch.
  • In total, Higgins had four assists in the frame with two steals.
  • Chelsea Lidy played just one minute in the quarter, but made an impact scoring four points with a rebound.

Second quarter:

  • The Tigers outscored the Bison in the quarter 17-14.
  • While McDavid cooled slightly in the quarter, she still had four points going 2-5 from the field and picking up four rebounds, which also led the team.
  • Higgins had six points in the half to the lead the Tigers.
  • With Li in foul trouble, sophomore guard Lianna Tillman played all 10 minutes in the quarter picking up three points and two assists.
  • Lidy had two points in the quarter to bring her game total to six, a new season high.
  • Pacific's bench had 15 points in the first half.

Third quarter:

  • North Dakota State outscored the Tigers for the first and only time in the third quarter, 16-15.
  • Jessica Blakeslee's play in the quarter was impactful. She scored all seven of her points in the quarter and had a rebound.
  • Freshman Josephine Millard came off the bench to pick up three rebounds in the quarter, two of which were on the offensive end.

Fourth quarter:

  • Pacific and North Dakota State both had 18 points in the frame, but the difference maker was Pacific's 8-11 performance from the foul line with the game on the line. The Tigers did well to defend their lead by knocking down their free ones and actually extended their lead to 10 points, the biggest lead of the game, in the final 30 seconds.
  • Ameela Li went 5-6 and McDavid was 3-4 from the line.
  • McDavid had nine points and three rebounds in the final quarter.

Notables:

  • Pacific has led after the first quarter in every game so far this year and has led at half in two of the three games.
  • McDavid was one-point shy of a career high with 23.
  • Higgins missed her first free throw of the season, but is still 15-16 on the year.
  • Millard set career highs in points with two and rebounds with three. Her score in the first quarter was the first of her career.
  • With McDavid, Li and Higgins all scoring in double figures, it makes three games in a row that the Tigers have done so.
  • McDavid logged a double-double for the second-straight game. A Tiger has picked up one in each game so far. Li had one in the opening game at UC Davis.
  • Higgins had six assists in the game, the most she's had as a Tiger and has totaled 10 in the last two games.
  • Lidy played just five minutes, but had six points and a rebound in the game.