Pacific women's basketball (6-1) is off to its best start in six years and is riding their longest win streak since the 2014-15 season. The Tigers go for six-straight wins on Monday night at UCF (8-1). The game is the first of a three-game road trip that will see the Tigers go coast-to-coast for games with UCF, Lamar and Cal State Fullerton.
December 18, 2018
Pacific at UCF | 4:00 p.m. PST, 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: CFE Arena
Video (Provided by UCFKnights.tv. Requires a $6 one-time fee to watch): https://www.ucfknights.tv/game/pacific-at-ucf-on-12172018
Stats (Provided by UCF): http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=232068
Last time out...
Pacific rolled to its fifth-straight win over UC Santa Barbara 69-53. It was the lowest score Pacific held a team to this season and the Gauchos shot less that 20% from the field in two quarters. Ameela Li and Valerie Higgins both scored in double figures for their seventh-straight games.
Pacific's 6-1 start is the team's best since the 2012-13 season when the Tigers won their first seven games. That year, the Tigers ran to the Third Round of the WNIT.
We're going streaking...
The five-game win-streak is the longest since the 2014-15 season when Pacific beat San Francisco, Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine and Saint Mary's. A win over UCF on Monday night would tie the third-longest win-streak in program history. The program record is nine wins which was set in the 2002-03 season.
Ameela Li is shooting 51.3% from the field to start the season and 58.3% from three-point range, good for third in the nation. She leads the team in assists per game at 4.7 per.
Sophomore guard Valeire Higgins joined the Tigers last season after transferring from USC and has stepped up as on of the WCC's best two-way players so far this season. She leads the league in steals per game and is second in the league in scoring per game.
Few teams in the nation do a better job than the Tigers when it comes to ball control. The Tigers are...
Second in the nation in fewest turnovers
38th in fewest fouls
31st in assist/turnover ratio
15th in turnover margin
11th in turnovers per game
Pacific either leads the league as individuals or as a team in the following categories:
Free throw percentage (team; .789)
Turnover margin (team; +7.4)
Assist/turnover ratio (team; 1.18)
Fewest turnovers (team; 88)
Turnovers forced (team; 20.00)
Turnovers per game (team; 12.8)
Steals per game (Valerie Higgins, 3.14/g)
Free throw attempts (Valerie Higgins, 45)
Free throws made (Valerie Higgins, 38)
Three-point FG% (Ameela Li, 58.3%)
Series history against UCF...
Series record: Pacific leads 1-0
Last meeting: 2017, Pacific won 78-74 in OT
First meeting: 2017, Pacific won 78-74 in OT
Last Tiger win: 2017, Pacific won 78-74 in OT
Biggest Tiger win: 2017, 78-74 (4 points)
Biggest Tiger loss: N/A