Pacific women's basketball (16-8, 9-5 WCC) bounced back into the win column with a big 74-48 victory over San Francisco (6-18, 2-11 WCC) on Thursday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Pacific overpowered the Dons on both ends of the floor from the very start of the game to ease past their bay area rivals and lock down the season sweep. San Francisco shot less than 25% from the field in the opening half and the Tiger defense allowed only four points in the second quarter to build what would turn out to be an insurmountable 42-15 lead at halftime.
Four Tigers scored at least 10 points and two more had eight as the team spread the point distribution around. Sophomore guard Valerie Higgins led the way with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists while sophomore forward Brooklyn McDavid had 12 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Lianna Tillman had 12 points off of the bench, nine of which came in the fourth quarter, and senior guard Ameela Li had 10 points and assisted on five more baskets.
Li's five assists gave her the 400th of her career. She's one of just six players in program history to reach the plateau.
The Tiger offense got going early when it shot 47% to start the game and held San Francisco to only 27% in the first quarter. The Don's shooting woes worsened in the second quarter when they shot just 18% from the floor.
Pacific's shooting slowed slightly in the second half, but not enough for San Francisco to come near striking distance in a game that the Tigers cruised to the victory in.
The win was a breath of fresh air for the Tigers following a tough loss at BYU on Saturday and helped build momentum for the final four games of the season. The win put Pacific in sole possession of fifth place in the WCC standings. Pepperdine, which is fourth and Loyola Marymount, who is fifth, were idle this evening the two teams face off tomorrow at Gersten Pavillion. The top three teams, Gonzaga, BYU and Saint Mary's all won their games to hold their position in the standings.
Pacific closes the home schedule on Saturday when it hosts Santa Clara for senior day as well as the team's Pink Game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to raise awareness for breast cancer. All fans wearing pink will receive 50% off of tickets at the door. Be sure to arrive early to help the team honor its two seniors, Ameela Li and Chelsea Lidy, in their final home game.
- Pacific outscored the Dons, 19-11 in the opening quarter.
- Pacific shot 47% and held San Francisco to only 27% in the quarter.
- Isabel Newman led all players with six points.
- Li assisted on three buckets in the quarter.
- Pacific cruised in the second quarter when it outscored the Dons, 23-4.
- Higgins' seven points led all players in the quarter.
- Junior Jessica Blakeslee had six points. She also had three rebounds, an assist and a big block on a Don that attempted a three from the wing.
- Pacific held the Dons to just 18% shooting in the quarter.
- McDavid pulled down five rebounds in the quarter.
- Three Tigers had more points than the Dons did as a team in the quarter.
- Pacific outscored San Francisco in the quarter, 16-12.
- Higgins led all players with five points. She had three rebounds and an assist as well.
- San Francisco rallied to outscore the Tigers 21-16 in the quarter and shot 61%, easily its best mark in the game.
- Tillman's nine points led all players and helped her get into double figures for the game.