Tigers Open Regular Season With Titans and Bobcats

Senior Desire Finnie - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography
Senior Desire Finnie - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific women's basketball team opens the regular season at the Alex G. Spanos Center on Monday, November 13 against Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m, followed by a home matchup with UC Merced on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Both games will be streamed live free of charge via TheW.tv. 

What You Need To Know

  • DON'T CALL IT A COME BACK: Pacific returns seven players for 2017-18, including the Tigers' top three scorers from last season in GeAnna Luaulu-Summers (14.5 points per game), Chelsea Lidy (9.7) and Desire Finnie (9.4).  Also returning are junior guards Ameela Li and Tylah King, sophomore guard Jessica Blakeslee and sophomore forward Jenelle Grant.
  • WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: The Tigers add seven newcomers for the upcoming season: Forwards Savannah Sumsion, Anaya Brooklyn McDavid, Issy Parker (who arrived on campus from Australia last January) and redshirt freshman center Sydney Fadal, as well as freshman guards Isabel Newman and Lianna Tillman. Sophomore guard Valerie Higgins is eligible to practice, but will not play in 2017-18 after transferring to Pacific from USC.
  • G-WHIZ: GeAnna Luaulu-Summers was named to the preseason All-West Coast Conference women's basketball team for the 2017-18 season. The senior guard was a First Team All-WCC selection last year. Luaulu-Summers led the Tigers in 2016-17 with 14.5 points per game, sixth in the conference. She also ranked sixth in the WCC in assists per game (4.4), as well as free throw percentage (.833) and steals (1.8). She scored in double figures in 24 of 28 games, and posted the second triple-double in program history as she scored 17 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists (also added seven steals) against UC Merced on Nov. 13. The performance earned Luaulu-Summers WCC Player of the Week honors on Nov. 15. She scored in double-figures in 13-straight WCC games from Jan. 14 to Feb. 25, including a game in which she set the program record for most free throws made in a game without a miss, going 16-for-16 against San Francisco (Jan. 14).
  • DESIRE-ABLE: Joining Luaulu-Summers as the the only other senior on the team, Finnie will play an intergral part in the Tiger offense. She is only 258 points away from joining the 1,000 point club for Pacific and with her 10.4 points per game over the last two years. Finnie is on pace to pass the 1,000 point mark in her final season as a Tiger. She also ranks sixth on the Tigers' free throw shooting leaderboards at .758 (138-of-182).

Inside the Series
Cal State Fullerton
The Tigers are 38-23 all-time against the Titans, with the Orange and Black on a five-game winning streak. In the last meeting, the two met in the Big West Conference tournament semifinals in 2013 where the Tigers topped the Titans, 54-51. Pacific put together 38 boards, forced 18 turnovers, and with a game-winning three-pointer, the win moved the Tigers into the championship game. With a 22-6 home record against Fullerton, the Tigers renew the series on Monday.

UC Merced
Last season, the Tigers rolled over the Bobcats 111-50 with GeAnna Luaulu-Summers recording the second triple-double in program history with 17 points, 11 rebounds and adding 11 assists. Tylah King had a career-high 15 points while Chelsea Lidy added 14. The Tigers also forced 29 turnovers and held a 50-16 advantage in points off turnovers, while the Pacific bench scored 83 points, a program record.

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