Pacific women's basketball closes out its home schedule on Saturday when it hosts the Santa Clara Broncos in a 2 p.m. game. Saturday marks the final game at the Alex G. Spanos Center for seniors Chelsea Lidy and Ameela Li. It is also the Tiger's Pink Game. The team will don pink uniforms to help raise awareness for breast cancer and take donations at halftime. All proceeds go to support the Hospice of San Joaquin.
February 16, 2019
Santa Clara at Pacific | 2:00 p.m. PST
Venue: Alex G. Spanos Center
Game Promotions: Saturday's game is senior day. Seniors Ameela Li and Chelsea Lidy will be honored in a pregame ceremony just before halftime. It is also the Tigers' Pink Game. Pacific will wear pink jerseys to raise awareness for breast cancer. All fans that come to the game wearing pink will receive 50% off of tickets prices at the door.
TALE OF THE TAPE...
Head Coach: Bradley Davis (Fourth season)
- 16-8, (9-5 WCC)
- at home 9-3
- on the road 7-4
- neutral 0-1
- PPG Valerie Higgins (16.7)
- RPG Valerie Higgins (8.7)
- APG Ameela Li (4.7)
- FG% Brooklyn McDavid (48.0%)
- PPG 72.2
- Rebounds 38.3
- Assists 14.4
- FG% 41.1%
Santa Clara Broncos
Head Coach: Bill Carr (Third season)
- 10-14, (3-10 WCC)
- at home 5-8
- on the road 5-6
- neutral 0-0
- PPG Tia Hay (15.5)
- RPG Ashlyn Herlihy (7.4)
- APG Tia Hay (3.8)
- FG% Andraya Flor (50.0%)
- PPG 62.2
- Rebounds 34.0
- Assists 14.3
- FG% 40.0%
Last time out...
The Tigers bounced back with a blowout win over San Francisco on Thursday night, 74-48. Four Tigers scored in double figures including Valerie Higgins who led the team with 17 points. Ameela Li's five assists brought her to 400 on her career. She's just the sixth Tiger to reach the milestone in program history. Pacific dominated in the first half by holding the Dons to less than 25% shooting and allowing them to score only four points in the second quarter.
The sun is setting on senior Ameela Li's stellar career, but there is still time for the guard to leave her mark. As of today, her career point total stands at 961. She is on pace to surpass the 1,000 point mark before the end of the regular season. When she gets there, she will be the 24th player in program history to score 1,000 points. She is tied for fifth all-time at Pacific in steals with 170. On Thursday night, she recorded her 400th career assist. She's just the sixth Tiger in program history to reach that mark. She is 30 assists away from taking sole possession of fifth.
Valerie Higgins' nine double-doubles this season already has her in a tie for 16th all-time at Pacific, and she isn't even through her first full season. She has a way to go to break Kendall Kenyon's all-time record of 49 at Pacific, but just five more will put her in the top-10 on Pacific's all-time list.
A key for Pacific this year has been how it starts games. The Tigers have trailed just four times after the first quarter this year and are 12-4 when they take a lead into the second quarter.
Movin' on up...
Pacific head coach Bradley Davis won the 53rd game of his career on Thursday at San Diego on Feb. 7, placing him in fifth on Pacific's all-time wins list surpassing Julie Sullivan who coached the Tigers from 1984-88. His win total currently stands at 54.
Race to 70...
The Tigers are 15-1 when scoring 70+ points this season. The sole loss came against BYU, which got to the 70-point plateau before the Tigers
Series history against Santa Clara...
- Series record: Santa Clara leads 29-24
- Last meeting: 2019, Pacific won 74-70
- First meeting: 1977, Pacific won 59-37
- Last Tiger win: 2019, 74-70
- Last Bronco win: 2018, 57-55
- Biggest Tiger win: 2012, 72-45 (27 points)
- Biggest Tiger loss: 1984, 68-47 (21 points)
Scouting the Broncos...
Like San Francisco, Santa Clara has won only one game since their last meeting with Pacific in a game against Portland on Jan. 24. and in that stretch, the team's field goal percentage has dipped below 40%. Tia Hay leads the team in points and assists per game and Andray Flor is helping keep the team's field goal percentage up with her 46% clip from the field.