The Pacific women’s basketball crew remained on campus during its Xmas break, but was nonetheless equipped to rejoice the getaway as a staff.
Tigers head mentor Bradley Davis mentioned Pacific experienced a socially-distanced bash in the gymnasium. Senior guard Valerie Higgins claimed she and fellow senior Brooklyn McDavid learned how to play checkers, and Santa Claus even designed an overall look.
Now again on the court, the Tigers’ focus has concentrated to the commence of West Coast Conference play. The Tigers open their WCC slate with a Wednesday afternoon street vacation at Saint Mary’s (1 p.m.).
“They are a fantastic staff. They move perfectly without the ball,” said Higgins, who was named WCC player of the 7 days on Dec. 21. “They are unselfish. They share the ball really very well. I consider it is going to be a excellent matchup. It’s going to be a more different group than we played in our preseason.”
Pacific (2-1 over-all), enters WCC play with only 50 percent the online games underneath its ideal as the Gaels (2-4 general). But Davis feels there was a whole lot of the Tigers did perfectly in non-conference that can translate to good results in the course of his team’s meeting program.
“We are sensation very good in terms of what we have been equipped to get began in all those very first 3 video games and now we obtained to integrate some additional gamers,” Davis reported. “We usually say, ‘progress is not a straight line.’ You are going to have to just take a pair of techniques backwards or sideways or whatsoever it might be to preserve moving forward. I believe that is what we have been heading as a result of in apply and it has been positive.”
The Tigers will also return to complete energy in advance of their match towards Saint Mary’s. Junior Kaylin Randhawa and freshman Liz Smith, Erica Adams and Mia Fleming-Mullins will all return to the lineup just after missing all three of Pacific’s games this yr thanks to delayed COVID-19 get hold of tracing.
Davis claimed their return is going to modify the Tigers’ rotation, but also allow players to engage in at their accurate positions than what they have been doing all through non-convention video games.
Wednesday’s activity commences a 3-game-in-a few-day extend on the highway, which also features game titles at Portland on Jan. 2 and at Gonzaga, the WCC preseason favorite, on Jan. 4. Although Pacific’s coaching staff members has started to prep for all a few games, Davis claimed the gamers have taken a one particular video game at a time strategy to the year.
“Actually we haven’t even talked about it for two seconds,” he mentioned. “The only point we have been apprehensive about is progressing ourselves as a crew and Saint Mary’s tomorrow.
“There is problem marks simply because they have experienced individuals out as properly. That’s what they have been accomplishing, but you know factors can transform this yr and day-by-day. Previous 12 months was a down 12 months for them on the record but we understood how hurt they were being, and people today that were being out. We know they are coming back solid and reliable and ready to prove that past calendar year was an anomaly for them.”
The Tigers, who received both of those game titles against Saint Mary’s last calendar year, like a 68-66 overtime victory in Moraga, hope a acquire Wednesday afternoon can set the tone for their challenging commence to WCC participate in, and the relaxation of the period as a entire.
“Just for us to get the job done challenging as a staff and have pleasurable this 12 months,” McDavid said. “Got to make the most out of anything and do the little matters that subject on the courtroom.”
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