Pacific opens WNIT with Fresno State

Pacific opens WNIT with Fresno State


The field has been selected, the brackets are made and the game time is set. Now all that's left for Pacific Women's basketball (18-12) to do is play its first game in the 2019 WNIT.

The Tigers open up on the road with Fresno State (19-12) at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.  It is Pacific's first WNIT berth in four seasons and the first postseason appearance for Bradley Davis' as the Tigers' head coach.


March 20, 2019

Pacific at Fresno State | 7:00 p.m. PST

Venue: Save Mart Center

Video (Mountain West Digital Network)

Live stats (Provided by Fresno State)



Pacific in the WNIT...

Pacific has made the Postseason WNIT five times, most recently in 2015 when the Tigers hosted in the first round against Sacramento State, but lost 87-79. Pacific has twice won its opening game in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 the Tigers made their deepest run in the tournament to the third round with wins over Arkansas-Little Rock and Washington. An overtime thriller that resulted in a 60-55 loss ended the run.

How they got here...

The Tigers used an 18-12 season and a 10-8 season in the West Coast Conference to clinch an at-large bid and head coach Bradley Davis' first appearance in the postseason as a head coach. Pacific won games this season over fellow WNIT teams, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary's and Wyoming. Pacific also defeated NCAA Tournament team UC Davis in the season opener.

120 games for Li...

Senior Ameela Li played in her 120th career game in the Quarterfinal of the WCC Tournament. Here's a look at what she's done in those games.

  • 1,027 points
  • 4th all-time in steals (187)
  • 6th all-time in games played
  • 6th all-time in assists (420)
  • t-11th all-time in 3pt. FG made (371)


Sophomore guard Valerie Higgins set the single-season record for free throws made in Pacific's last game with her 150th to surpass Kiki Moore's mark of 149 from the 2013-14 season. Here's a look at where else her season ranks:

  • Free throws made - 1st (150)
  • Steals- 2nd (93)
  • Scoring - 3rd (511 points)
  • Rebounding - 8th (270)
  • Blocks - 12th (37)
  • Field Goals - 17th (172)

Double-double duo...

Sophomores Valerie Higgins and Brooklyn McDavid have combined to record more double-doubles than any other two teammates in the West Coast Conference this season with 18 except for Saint Mary's Sydney Raggio and Megan McKay, who also have a combined 18.

Just a couple of thieves...

Higgins and Li are 1-2 in the West Coast Conference in steals this year. Higgins has 93 and Li has 74. Higgins' steals this season are the third most by any player in West Coast Conference history.

League Leaders...

Multiple Pacific players are either First or Second in the WCC in a number of categories. They are:

Valerie Higgins

  • First - Double-Doubles (13)
  • First - Steal (93)
  • First - Steals per game (3.10)
  • Second - Points (511)
  • Second - Free throw attempts (191)
  • Second - Free-throws made (150)
  • Second - Points per game (17.0)
  • Second - Rebounds (270)
  • Second - Rebounds per game (9.0)

Brooklyn McDavid

  • Second - Field Goal Attempts (191)
  • Second - Field Goals Made (87)

Ameela Li

  • Second - Steals (74)
  • Second - Steals per games (2.55)

Scouting the Bulldogs...

Fresno State enters the tournament with the 120th RPI in the nation, 18 spots behind Pacific. The Bulldogs were 19-12 and split the season series in the Mountain West with teams Pacific beat, San Jose State and Wyoming. Senior Candice White averaged 18.1 points per game and was an All-MW First Team Selection. Sophomore forward Maddi Utti garnered All-MW Honorable Mention honors and made the All-Defensive Team with her 7.3 rebounds per game. She averages 12.3 points per game. Fresno State leads the all-time series 26-21.