STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team opens up the 2017-18 season this Wednesday with an exhibition contest against William Jessup at the Alex G. Spanos Center. The 7 p.m. tip-off will be the lone tune-up for the Tigers, who open up regular season play on Nov. 13th at home against Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m.
Newcomers Anaya Brooklyn McDavid, Isabel Newman, Savannah Sumsion, Lianna Tillman and Issy Parker will all make their Pacific debuts for head coach Bradley Davis. Transfer sophomore Valerie Higgins, who joins the Orange and Black from USC, will sit out this upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules. Tiger fans will also get their first look at local product Sydney Fadal, who sat out last year due to injury.
The Tigers welcome back their top three scorers from a year ago this season in GeAnna Luaulu-Summers, Chelsea Lidy and Deisre Finnie. Luaulu-Summers, who averaged a team-high 14.5 points-per-game to go with 4.4 assists last year, was named to the Preseason All-West Coast Conference team earlier this month. Lidy shot 46% from the field in 2016-17 while appearing in all 31 games in her breakout season for the Tigers. Finnie starts her senior campaign after a stellar junior season where she shot 75% from the line while registering 2.7 rebounds and 9.4 points per contest.
Also back are sophomores Jenelle Grant, who paced Pacific last season shooting nearly 44% from beyond the arch, and Jessica Blakeslee, who was a stalwart on the Tiger defense a year ago. Juniors Tylah King and Ameela Li also both return for their junior years on Wednesday. King logged a career-high 15 points in just 13 minutes of action in Pacific's regular season home opener against UC Merced where the Tigers set a program record for total points scored with 111. Li was one of four Tigers to appear in all 31 contests from last year and was a key member off the bench for Head Coach Davis.
Pacific looks to make it two-straight against William Jessup after the Tigers dropped the Warriors 103-65. Blakeslee notched a career-high 14 points while Grant added a career-high 11. Pacific also connected on 50 percent from three-point range, 14-of-28, and forced 26 turnovers leading to 41 points.
William Jessup comes to the Alex G. Spanos Center 1-0 overall after a season-opening 61-48 victory over Northwest University. The Warriors are coming off an 11-15 season including a 4-12 Golden State Athletic Conference mark.
Season tickets for Pacific women's basketball are on sale now at the Pacific ticket office. Four-game plans will are available, while individual game tickets will be on sale by the announcement of tip-off times.
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