Tigers erase 10-point deficit to win at USF

Tigers erase 10-point deficit to win at USF

Pacific women's basketball (12-5, 5-2 WCC) continued what has been a great season today on the road at San Francisco with an 85-75 victory on the Hilltop.

The Tigers led early, but a tough San Francisco team fought back and led by as much as 10 points in the second quarter. Pacific overpowered the Dons in the second half and rallied back to take the lead late in the third quarter and never looked back to roll to its 12th win.

Sophomore forward Brooklyn McDavid put together her second-straight 20-point game and while sophomore guard Valerie Higgins had her seventh double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds; 12 of her points came from the free throw line. Senior guard Ameela Li had 15 points as well and sophomore guard Lianna Tillman had 10 off the bench. The win was head coach Bradley Davis' 50th of his career.

The Tigers powered out to a 12-4 lead early in the game that forced San Francisco head coach Molly Goodenbour to burn two timeouts in the first three minutes of the game. San Francisco turned the ball over four times in the stretch and Pacific made every shot but one to take the early lead.

The Dons fought back by going on an 8-3 run out of the second timeout and went on to shoot 69% in the first quarter to tie the game 22-22 at the end of one.

Pacific went without scoring for nearly four minutes in the second to allow the Dons to get out to a 10-point lead in the second. By the end of the half, the Tigers cut the lead down to six points thanks in part to senior guard Chelsea Lidy who checked in for four minutes in the quarter and provided a spark with six points off of a 3-3 shooting performance.

Pacific came out of halftime and continued to rally back by forcing San Francisco to either turn the ball over or commit offensive fouls on seven of their possession in the third quarter. On the offensive end, the Tigers took care of business to outscore the Dons 28-19. Higgins went to the line 11 times in the quarter and made six of her shots.

In the game, Higgins took 19 of Pacific 25 free throws and made 12 of them, the most made free throws in a game for the Tiger since 2017 when Geanna Luaulu-Summers made 16 against San Francisco.

At the 1:17 mark of the third quarter, Tillman out Pacific out front with a made layup following a steal by junior guard Jessica Blakeslee.

The Tigers went on to outscore USF 16-9 in the final quarter to lock up the 85-75 win. The top-four teams in the WCC all won on Saturday. Pacific remains in a tie for third with Pepperdine, who beat Loyola Marymount in overtime. BYU remains in first after a tight game with Portland and Gonzaga remains in second, a game ahead of Pacific, after cruising to a win over San Diego.