Pacific women's basketball (9-4, 2-1 WCC) fell on the road on Saturday night to No. 17/18 Gonzaga (15-1, 4-0 WCC), 88-65.
Four Tigers scored in double figures and the team shot a red-hot 50% from the field and 60% from three-point range in the first half, but it wasn't enough to hold off a strong and dominant Gonzaga team that shot 54% in the game and had four players of their own in double figures including Zykera Rice who had 21 points.
Ameela Li exploded for 18 points in the first half and had 21 for the game while Brooklyn McDavid had 15 and shot 50% from the field. Valerie Higgins had 11 points to extend her double-figure scoring streak to 14 games and Isabel Newman had a career-high 11 points as well.
Pacific was red hot to start the game shooting 53.3% from the field and a whopping 80% from three-point range to jump out to a 25-14 lead in the first quarter. Ameela Li led the charge to open the game going 4-5 which included a layup that she made with hard contact for an and-one opportunity which she made the most of. The senior guard had 13-points in the first quarter to double the point total of every player apart from Rice who had eight points.
Pacific stayed hot to start the second making each of its first three shots including back-to-back three-pointers from Newman and Li. Newman had nine to start the game and was 3-3 from three-point range.
Out of the media timeout in the second quarter, the Tiger shooters cooled. Pacific made two of its final five shots to end the half and did not make a field goal in the final four minutes. Gonzaga took its first lead at the 2:30 mark in the second quarter and would not relinquish it for the remainder of the game.
Out of the half, the shooting woes continued. Gonzaga started the quarter on a 12-4 run and grew its lead to 19 by the end of the third on the way to the victory. McDavid was the Tiger's bright spot in the third quarter. She went 3-5 from the floor and had eight points. The sophomore scored her 500th career-point just after the 2:30 mark of the quarter. Her 15 points brought her to 501 for her career.
Pacific returns to the Spanos Center this week for games against BYU on Thursday night and San Diego on Saturday afternoon.
- The Tigers were red hot to open the game and jumped out to a 25-14 lead over the nation's No. 17 team.
- Pacific shot 53% (8-15) from the field and 80% (4-5) from three-point range.
- Ameela Li led the way for the Tigers with 13 points in the quarter thanks to a 4-5 shooting performance with three three-pointers.
- Isabel Newman had six points and was a perfect 2-2 from three-point range.
- Valerie Higgins had four steals and three assists in the quarter.
- Gonzaga erupted for 34 points in the second quarter to Pacific's 17.
- Gonzaga's Zykera Rice had eight points in the quarter to lead all scorers.
- Higgins and McDavid both had five points in the quarter.
- Pacific shot a solid 45% from the field in the quarter. However, Gonzaga shot 66%.
- Gonzaga continued a strong shooting performance with a 60% clip that powered them to a 26-13 scoreline in the quarter.
- Gonzaga's Jenn Wirth and Brooklyn McDavid both had eight points.
- Gonzaga outscored Pacific 14-10 in the quarter.