Pacific women's basketball (10-5, 3-2 WCC) rolled to its biggest with of the season on Saturday at the Alex G. Spanos Center, 79-47 over San Diego (8-9, 1-5 WCC).
The Tigers roared to an 11-1 lead in the first three minutes and never looked back in the blowout victory. Three Tigers, Valerie Higgins, Ameela Li and Brooklyn McDavid finished in double figures. Li neared a triple-double with 12 points, 8 steals and 7 assists while Higgins and McDavid weren't far off from points and rebounds double-doubles. As a team, the Tigers shot 49% from the field and held the Toreros to only 32%.
The Tigers welcomed San Diego to the Alex G. Spanos Center by getting in close and personal with a stiff press that forced four turnovers in the first minute and a half. On the offensive end, the Tigers spread the scoring around in the opening quarter with four players chipping in at least eight points. Li assisted on six baskets and had four steals alone in the opening quarter that helped Pacific to a 28-11 lead in the first quarter. The Tigers went on to shoot 50% from the field in the second quarter to take a 24-point lead into the break.
The Tigers didn't let up in the second half and wrapped up the game by getting the majority of the team's starters rest.
The 32-point victory was Pacific's largest of the season and the biggest in the history of the two teams. Pacific's previous biggest win was an 84-64 win in 2017. It was also the biggest win over a WCC team since Feb. 10, 2018, when the Tigers beat Portland 87-50.
On an individual level, Li's eight steals were the most by any Tiger since 1996 when Christina Randall had eight in a game against Cal State Fullerton. Li, Higgins and McDavid all extended their streaks of games with at least 10 points. Higgins to 15 games, McDavid to 7 and Li to 6 games.
- The Tigers catapulted themselves to a 28-11 lead in the first quarter.
- Pacific led 11-1 three minutes into the game and forced four turnovers in the first minute and a half.
- Four Tigers had at least five points in the quarter while Higgins led the way with eight points.
- Li kicked off what turned into a huge game on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor with 6 assists and 4 steals.
- As a team, Pacific shot 57.9% from the floor while holding the Toreros to only 38%.
- Pacific shot 50% from the field and outscored the Toreros 22-15.
- Higgins' five points led the way for Pacific while San Diego's Laticia Soares has seven to lead all scorers.
- Pacific outscored San Diego 17-9 in the quarter and shot 50% from the field.
- Ameela Li had seven points and three steals in the quarter to lead all players.
- Pacific held the Toreros to only 25% shooting (4-16) in the quarter.
- The Tigers sat the majority of its starters in the fourth quarter; Isabel Newman, Josephine Millard and Lianna Tillman played all 10 minutes while Kaylin Randhawa logged nine.
- The Tigers and Toreros both scored 12 points in the fourth.
- Tillman led the Tigers with four points, two assists a steal and a rebound in the closing minutes.
- Li's eight steals were the most in a game since 1996.
- The 32-point victory was Pacific's biggest ever over San Diego and the biggest since February of 2018 over a WCC opponent.
- Higgins extended her streak of games with 10 or more points to 15.
- McDavid extended her streak of games with 10 or more points to a career-high seven games.
- Li extended her streak of games with 10 points to five games.
- Pacific reached the 10-win plateau six games earlier than it did in 2018.
- Pacific has shot better than 45% in back-to-back games.
- Pacific has had at least 15 assists in back-to-back games.
- Li's eight steals were a career-high.
- McDavid tied her season high for assists with two. She's had two in back-to-back games.
- Tillman set a career-best with four rebounds tied her career high with nine points. She's had nine points four times this season.
- Randhawa's five rebounds was a career-high. She tied her career-high in assists with two.
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