Tigers roll past San Jose State 91-67

Tigers roll past San Jose State 91-67

Pacific women's basketball (4-1) went on the road tonight and picked up a huge win over San Jose State (1-4) 91-67 at The Event Center thanks to a massive first half.

Pacific logged season highs in scoring with 91 points and first-half points with 54 while holding the Spartans to only 24 in the first half. Junior guard Jessica Blakeslee led the team with a career-high 21 points. She was one rebound short of her first double-double. Sophomore guard Valerie Higgins logged a double-double and scored in double figures for the fifth-straight game. The entire starting five of Blakeslee, Higgins, Ameela Li, Tylah King and Brooklyn McDavid finished in double figures.

At the first media break, it was a tight game at 5-2, but the Tigers came out of the break red-hot scoring 24 points in six and half-minutes to jump out to a 26-8 lead after one quarter. King had a season-high eight points in the first quarter alone. The Tigers outscored the Spartans 28-16 in the second to lead by 30 going into the half at 54-24. Li had 10 points on her own in the second quarter.

San Jose State made it a ball game in the third when they outscored the Tigers 25-12 in the frame. The Spartans forced an uncharacteristic eight turnovers out of the Tigers and capitalized with 14 fast-break points. San Jose State continued to push into the fourth quarter and cut the Tiger's lead down to as little as 12 points.

In the final 5:22, the Tigers pulled away thanks to a run that was started by a quick two-pointer from Valerie Higgins that was followed up with a steal off the inbounds pass from Li, who dished to Blakeslee for a quick bucket. Pacific scored 18 points in the final five minutes while holding San Jose State to just five to lock up the game.

With the win, the Tigers won their third straight game and are off to their best start since the 2012-13 season when the team won their first seven games. That year, the Tigers reached the Third Round of the WNIT. Another win would give the Tigers their first four-game win streak in nearly two years. Pacific can do that in a week when it hosts Seattle in a 7 p.m. game on Dec. 6.

Game summary:

First Quarter:

  • Both teams started slow, but the Tigers finished fast and outscored the Spartans 26-8 in the first quarter.
  • King and Blakeslee both had eight points in the first quarter, which tied a season-high for Blakeslee and was a season-high for King. They combined to go 4-6 from three-point range.
  • San Jose State shot only 18% from the field in the quarter and Pacific made the best of the missed shots by pulling down 15 boards.

Second Quarter:

  • The Tigers kept rolling into the second quarter and outscored San Jose State 28-16.
  • Ameela Li led the way with 10 points in the quarter.
  • Chelsea Lidy played three minutes off of the bench and scored six points in that stretch and added a rebound.
  • The Tigers shot 52% from the field and held San Jose State to just 33%.

Third Quarter:

  • San Jose State made it a game in the third quarter by forcing eight turnovers and shot 75% from the field while Pacific shot just 22%.
  • San Jose State had 25 points behind Fiem'a Hafoka's eight and Danae Marquez's six points.
  • The Tigers did still outrebound San Jose State 10-6.
  • Ameela Li assisted on three buckets in the quarter.

Fourth Quarter:

  • Pacific shot 58% from the field in the final quarter while Jessica Blakeslee had eight points to lead the team.
  • Valerie Higgins had five points, two assists, two steals and a rebound in the quarter.
  • The Tigers totaled six assists in the quarter.

Notables:

  • The Tigers scored 90 points for the first time in a game since they scored 91 against Portland in January.
  • Jessica Blakeslee had a career-high 21 points. Her previous best was 14 which she had twice, most recently against Loyola Marymount on December 30, 2017. She also had season-highs in rebounds with nine and assists with two. Another rebound would have notched a first career double-double.
  • Tylah King had a season-high 14 points. She was one short of tying a career-best.
  • Higgins had 16 points. She's scored in double-figures in every game since transferring to Pacific. It was also her second double-double; she had 10 rebounds. Her six assists were her most since coming to Pacific.
  • Ameela Li had nine assists, which was a season high. She was one short of tying a career-high.
  • Five players scored in double figures for the Tigers for the first time since February when they did so against Pepperdine.
  • Pacific made 10 three-pointers for the first time since January against Saint Mary's. It was the most made three-pointers since 2016 when the Tigers had 14 against William Jessup.
  • The Tigers had 20 assists for the second time this season. They had 22 against Cal.
  • Pacific's 53 rebounds were the most since 2015 when the Tigers had 56 against San Jose State.
  • Pacific's 34 field goals made were the most since the last time the Tigers played San Jose State last November. Pacific made 40 that night.
  • This was the Tiger's biggest win over regional rival San Jose State since 2000 when Pacific won by 27, 77-50.
  • 4-1 is Pacific's best start since the 2012-13 season when the Tigers won their first seven games.