Following back-to-back games between the top two teams in the West Coast Conference, the Pacific women's basketball turns its attention to San Diego and a re-match of the 2018 WCC Championships semi-final game. San Diego came out as the victors in the game, 66-56, but the Tigers can look to win their third game out of four contests with the Toreros tomorrow.
January 12, 2019
San Diego at Pacific |2:00 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=235919
Last time out...
Pacific lost its first home game of the year in a tight battle against BYU. The Tigers erased an 11 point fourth-quarter lead and battled back to tie the game in the closing minutes, but came up just short in a 77-74 loss. Sophomore guard Valerie Higgins led the charge with nine points, three steals, three rebounds and a block in the fourth quarter.
Big year in the making...
Pacific's 9-5 start is the team's best since the 2012-13 season when the Tigers went 12-2 through their first 14 games. That year, the Tigers ran to the Third Round of the WNIT.
10 for 14..
Valerie Higgins has scored at least 10 points in every game so far this year which brings her streak to 14 games. It is the
longest streak of any active player at Pacific.
Don't foul 'em...
The Tigers are shooting .878 (29-33) 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 15 points a game this year. Ameela Li and Higgins are tied for the team lead with 16.6 points per game. Brooklyn McDavid has climbed up to 15.1 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 trailed just once after the first quarter this year and are 7-2 when they take a lead into the second 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 47.2% clip from three-point range would be the third-best in program history. The record is 50.0%.
Race to 70...
The Tigers are 8-1 when scoring 70+ points this season. The sole loss came against BYU, which got to the 70-point plateau before the Tigers.
Pacific either leads the league as individuals or as a team in the following categories:
- Turnovers forced per game (team; 18.3)
- Rebounds per game (Valerie Higgins; 8.5)
- Double-doubles (6, Valerie Higgins)
- Steals per game (team; 10.4/g)
- Steals per game (Valerie Higgins, 3.6/g)
- Free throws made (Valerie Higgins, 65)
- Steals (Valerie Higgins, 45)
- Offensive rebounds per game (Brooklyn McDavid, 3.2)
Series history against San Diego...
Series record: San Diego leads 17-6
Last meeting: 2018, Pacific lost 66-56
First meeting: 1985, San Diego won 63-55
Last Tiger win: 2018, 81-68
Last Torero win: 2018, 66-56
Biggest Tiger win: 2017, 84-64 (20 points)
Biggest Tiger loss: 1998, 70-54 (16 points)