Pacific women's basketball (9-4, 2-1 WCC, 3rd place) is back home this week for two games, the first of which comes against Brigham Young (12-3, 4-0 WCC, tied for 1st place) on Thursday night. The Tigers can move into a tie for second with the Cougars with a win.
January 10, 2019
Pacific at Gonzaga |7:00 p.m. PST
Venue: Alex G. Spanos Center
Video (TheW.tv): https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=156301
Stats (Provided by Pacific): http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=235918
Promotions: $1 Hot Dog Night
Last time out...
The Tigers fell in their first WCC game this year to No. 17/18 Gonzaga despite having four players (Li, Higgins, McDavid, Newman), finish in double figures. Pacific took a 14-point lead into the seconde quarter, but a red-hot Gonzaga team shot 60% in the second and third-quarter to pull away from the Tigers.
Big year in the making...
Pacific's 9-4 start is the team's best since the 2012-13 season when the Tigers went 11-2 through their first 13 games. That year, the Tigers ran to the Third Round of the WNIT.
10 for 13..
Valerie Higgins has scored at least 10 points in every game so far this year which brings her streak to 13 games. It is the
longest streak of any active player at Pacific.
Don't foul 'em...
The Tigers are shooting .875 (28-32) in the final four minutes of games when the two teams are separated by eight or fewer points.
Three players for Pacific are averaging at least 14 points a game this year. Ameela Li leads the team with 16.6 points per game while Valerie Higgins is just behind with 16.5. Brooklyn McDavid has climbed up to 14.7 points per game in recent weeks. All three are top-10 in the WCC in points per game.
A key for Pacific this year has been how it starts games. The Tigers have not trailed after the first quarter of a game this season and are 7-2 when they take a lead into halftime. Pacific is yet to lose when it continues to lead into the fourth quarter.
Ameela Li's numbers from beyond the arc this year are some of the best in program history. If the season ended today, her 47.9% clip from three-point range would be the third-best in program history. The record is 50.0%.
Race to 70...
The Tigers are 8-0 when scoring 70+ points this season.
Pacific either leads the league as individuals or as a team in the following categories:
- Fewest turnovers (team; 192)
- Turnovers forced per game (team; 18.3)
- Rebounds per game (Valerie Higgins; 8.5)
- Double-doubles (6, Valerie Higgins)
- Steals per game (Valerie Higgins, 3.5/g)
- Free throws made (Valerie Higgins, 65)
- Steals (Valerie Higgins, 45)
- Offensive rebounds per game (Brooklyn McDavid, 3.2)
Series history against BYU...
Series record: BYU leads 13-4
Last meeting: 2018, Pacific won 83-76
First meeting: 1982, BYU won 93-74
Last Tiger win: 2018, 83-76
Last Cougar win: 2018, 77-65
Biggest Tiger win: 2014, 75-62 (13 points)
Biggest Tiger loss: 2014, 88-57 (31 points)