Portland, OR -- Pacific took care of business in Portland Thursday night with the 72-64 conference win over the Pilots. With a strong start and finish, the Tigers were able to pickup a much needed conference win in the WCC with a little less than half of the season left.
Head Coach of Pacific, Bradley Davis is now facing a potential challenge; who will his starters be for their upcoming match against Gonzaga on Saturday? Now this is a good problem when it means players are fighting for playing time.
Freshman of Torrance, California, Chelsea Lidy took full advantage of her opportunity, which left the Tigers coaching staff nearly speechless.
"She's been getting better and better each practice, and I know she has been begging to get into the game, and this was really the first time I really gave her significant minutes." With a 12-point team high for the game in the books, it is safe to say Lidy played comfortably. She countlessly attacked the basket not only taking shots, but following them for a textbook finish. "She made it look like she was right and I was wrong; so good on her part," admitted a proud Coach Davis.
Lidy shot with poise going 5-9 off the bench, also racking up two assists and two rebounds. Her true athleticism was shown in her defense.
"She's probably the best athlete male or female at our school," said Davis.
Lidy played with intensity giving this Pacific team life on the defensive end. She also snuck away with two steals playing for only 15 minutes of this game. With teammates putting up big numbers like senior forward Erin Butler with 11 points, six rebounds and 4 assists, the Tigers kept Portland under wraps for the majority of this game.
The Pilots forced pressure on Pacific, but was no match to their fast-speed offense and lack of turnovers. With weapons up and down the bench, it will make any team have to stay disciplined to shut this Tigers team down.
Lidy might still have some work to do, but sure did make an impression on the right track. Entering this game Lidy had three points on the season with only 28 minutes logged. This game is only just the beginning for the young guard's career ahead.
The Tigers head into their next game versus Gonzaga on Saturday hoping to finish their road trip like they did tonight, with a win. And with their freshman starting to showcase her stardom, it's plausible they might get the desire they are looking for.