Tiger's win fourth-straight over Seattle

Tiger's win fourth-straight over Seattle

Pacific women's basketball (5-1) won its fourt straight-game tonight over Seattle (0-9) behind yet another strong offensive performance.

The Tigers jumped out front early with 21 points at the end of one quarter and held a 40-23 lead heading into the break. A scrappy Seattle team came out of halftime and made it a game by shooting nearly 60% from the floor to put up 26 points at the end of three quarters to cut the lead to 11. Pacific bounced back in the fourth to win by double digits for the second-straight game.

It was also the second game in a row that the Tigers had five players score in double figures led by Valerie Higgins who had 19 points and 10 rebounds for her second-straight double-double and third of the season. Jessica Blakeslee, Brooklyn McDavid and Isabelle Parker all pitched in at least 10 points; Parker's came off the bench in just 10 minutes of time on the floor. This was the second-straight wire-to-wire win for the Tigers.

Higgins gave the Tigers a spark to start the game. The sophomore guard went 4-6 in the first half for 14 points and five rebounds to help propel the Tigers to their first-half lead that helped keep them in control of the game throughout.

In the Third quarter, Seattle was spurred on by Kamira Sanders who scored 10 of her 20 points in the frame to cut Pacific's lead to 11 by the end of the quarter. She shot 3-4 from the field and assisted on two buckets in the third quarter.

As a team, the Tigers struggled to get the offense going in the second half, but Blakeslee kept Seattle from cutting the lead any closer with seven points, a rebound and an assist. The junior was a perfect 2-2 from the field, 1-1 from three-point range and 2-2 from the line in the third quarter.

Seattle matched the Tigers again in the fourth and cut the lead to nine, but Pacific held out and pulled away in the final minutes thanks to four points from Parker and Li while the Tigers forced four turnovers in the final three minutes to lock up a victory.

Pacific is back in action on Saturday when it hosts UC Santa Barbara in a 2 p.m. game. Fans that bring a toy valued at at least $5 get into the game for free as part of the Tiger's Toy Drive promotion.

Game Summary

First Quarter:

  • Pacific jumped out to an early 21-11 lead to start the game by holding the Redhawks to only 35% from the field.
  • Higgins had nine points to lead all players in the first quarter while Li had six points of her own. Higgins also added two rebounds and an assist.
  • The Tigers were 3-5 from three-point range in the quarter.
  • The Tigers forced seven turnovers in the first quarter.

Second Quarter:

  • The Tigers were red hot in the second and shot. 66% from the field and made one of their two three-pointers.
  • Sanders led all players with seven points in the quarter, while Higgins led the Tigers again with five. McDavid, Parker and Lianna Tillman all had four points.
  • Higgins picked up another three boards to bring her first half total to five, she also had an assist a steal and two blocks in the second.
  • Pacific outrebounded Seattle 8-2 in the quarter.

Third Quarter:

  • Seattle worked back into the game with 26 points in the third.
  • Sanders led all players with 10 points while Blakeslee's seven led the Tigers.
  • Higgins had four rebounds in the quarter to bring her total on the game to nine at that point.

Fourth Quarter:

  • Li led all players with six points by shooting 3-4 from the field in the quarter.
  • Pacific's defense stifled Seattle's offense by forcing three turnovers in the closing minutes to help lock up the game.

Notables:

  • Pacific led wire-to-wire for the second-straight game.
  • Valerie Higgins recorded a double-double for the second-straight game and the third time this season.
  • For the second-straight game, five Tigers scored in double figures.
  • Parker's 10 points were a new career high. Her previous high was four points which came earlier this season against UC Davis.
  • Li and Higgins both scored in double figures for the sixth-straight game.
  • Pacific is off to its best start since the 2012-13 season when the Tigers won their first seven games of the season. That year, Pacific went to the Third-Round of the WNIT.
  • The Tigers four-game win-streak is the longest since the 2016-17 season when the team beat William Jessup, Portland, Gonzaga and San Diego in four-straight games.
  • It is the longest win-streak against only Division I opponents since the 2014-15 season when the team beat BYU, Portland, Gonzaga and Santa Clara.