Pacific heads into WCC play with a win

Pacific heads into WCC play with a win

Pacific women's basketball (7-3) wrapped up the non-conference season with a 72-64 win on the road over Cal State Fullerton (7-5) on Saturday.

The Tigers snapped a two-game skid and closed out a week-long road trip that took the team from coast-to-coast with a victory. Pacific did so by righting wrongs from their previous game against Lamar when the Tigers lost the turnover and offensive boards battle. Pacific out-rebounded the Titans 48-32 and recorded 23 offensive rebounds to Fullerton's six.

Valerie Higgins led the way for Pacific with 22 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season; she has scored in double-figures in each game this year. McDavid had 17 points and freshman Josephine Millard put together her best game so far with career-highs in points with four and rebounds with seven. She also impacted the game in ways that did not show up in the box score by consistently closing out Fullerton's shooters.

The Tigers and Titans were tied following the first quarter, but Pacific outscored their opponent in each quarter following. Early in the second quarter Fullerton jumped out to a 30-24 lead after going on a 6-2 run that prompted head coach Bradley Davis to take a timeout. Following the quick break, the Tigers powered back with a 15-6 run to re-take the lead.

Pacific led throughout the second-half except for a 50-second stretch late in the third when Fullerton tied the game. Pacific held on in the fourth quarter thanks in part to pulling down 11 rebounds and making all six of their free throws late in the game.

The Titans outshot Pacific in the final two quarters, but when Fullerton did miss shots, it was by-and-large Pacific that got the rebounds which helped decide the game. Pacific outrebounded Fullerton 30-14 in the second half.

With the marathon road trip and the non-conference schedule behind them, Pacific turns its attention to the WCC season. Following the Christmas break, the Tigers host Saint Mary's on New Year's Eve in a 5 p.m. game.

Game Summary

First Quarter

  • Pacific and Fullerton were tied 22-22 at the end of the first quarter.
  • Brooklyn McDavid led the Tigers with seven points after going 3-6 from the field and 1-2 from the line. Fullerton's Raina Perez also had seven points.
  • Higgins got on her way to a double-double early with four points and four rebounds. She also had two steals.
  • Pacific shot 47% from the field.
  • The Tigers forced five turnovers and scored seven points off of them.

Second Quarter

  • Pacific outscored Fullerton 17-14 in the quarter and outshot the Titans 46%-35%.
  • Valerie Higgins had eight points in the quarter while Fullerton's Hannah Thompson had nine points.
  • Pacific shot 46% to Fullerton's 35%.

Third Quarter

  • Pacific outscored Cal State Fullerton 15-14 in the quarter.
  • Higgins had four points and four rebounds in the to get to her fourth double-double of the season.
  • The Tigers shot just 29% in the quarter, but out-rebounded Fullerton 19-7 and scored 10 of their 15 points off of second-chance opportunities.

Fourth Quarter

  • McDavid had six points in the fourth quarter to get to her game total of 17. Higgins had six as well and both players had three rebounds.
  • Eight of Pacific's 18 points came off of second-chance opportunities and the Tigers got five offensive rebounds to Fullerton's 0.

Notables

  • Valerie Higgins had her fourth double-double of the season and scored in double-figures for the 10th-straight game.
  • Josephine Millard set career-highs in points with four and rebounds with seven.
  • McDavid's four steals was a season high. Her previous best was three in the season opener against UC Davis.
  • Isabel Newman tied a career-high with five rebounds.
  • Jessica Blakeslee started after missing the game at Lamar on Thursday through injury. She played 31 minutes and had six points, five rebounds and two assists.