49ers earn invitation to WNIT for first time since 2000
LBSU made its first postseason appearance in 13 years
49ers will be making first postseason appearance since 2000
Sophomore Devin Hudson had 17 points and a career-high 24 rebounds
49ers will face Cal State Fullerton in first-round match-up
Jody Wynn enters her eighth year as the head women's basketball coach at Long Beach State. Since her arrival at the Beach, she has rebuilt the program with seven-straight Big West Tournament appearances and three Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) bids.
Wynn recently led LBSU to back-to-back 20-win campaigns for the first time in 12 years. The 49ers are an impressive 46-19 during that two-year stretch and have now improved their win total in each of the last five seasons.
In 2015-16, Wynn guided Long Beach State to its most wins since 1990-91 with a 24-9 overall record. The Beach tied for second in the Big West regular-season standings at 12-4, and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament. The campaign culminated with the program's second-consecutive WNIT bid. Wynn saw three of her athletes earn All-Big West honors, including Raven Benton, who garnered first-team honors. Anna Kim and Jewelyn Sawyer were honorable mention selections, while Sawyer was also tabbed the Big West Defensive Player of the Year. During non-conference play, Wynn reached a career milestone with her 100th victory coming at Denver on Dec. 28, 2015.
In 2014-15, Wynn led LBSU to one of its most memorable seasons in recent history as the 49ers reached 20 wins for the first time in 15 years. They turned heads in the preseason where they went 13-1, which matched the best regular-season non-conference record in school history. The lone defeat came in the third game of the year and was a narrow five-point overtime loss to USC. Following that setback, the Beach proceeded to go on a 15-game winning streak, defeating perennial national powerhouses Cal and LSU along the way. The Golden Bears were ranked 18th in the country at the time.
Long Beach State was recognized for its effort as it received votes in the Associated Press Women's Basketball Poll for three-straight weeks. LBSU also made its way into the College Insider Mid-Major Top-25, climbing as high as No. 9 in January. The season concluded with the 49ers' second WNIT berth in three years. Raven Benton and Hallie Meneses were both All-Big West selections with Benton being named to the second team and Meneses garnering honorable mention recognition.
In 2013-14, the Beach registered its first winning record in nine seasons, finishing with an overall mark of 17-15. Lauren Spargo and Ella Clark garnered All-Big West honorable mention recognition, while Raven Benton and Anna Kim were named to the conference's all-freshman team.
In 2012-13, Long Beach State earned an at-large berth into the WNIT, marking the program's first postseason appearance since 2000. The 49ers ended up hosting eventual runner-up Utah in the first round and dropped a narrow 56-49 decision. Devin Hudson and Alex Sanchez received All-Big West honors, while Hudson was also selected to the Big West All-Tournament Team.
In 2011-12, the Beach finished sixth in the conference, but found themselves one win away from earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In the Big West Tournament, LBSU came back from a 19-point deficit on the road to defeat No. 2 seed Cal State Northridge in the first round before upending top-seeded Cal Poly, 51-48, in a semifinal match-up. Long Beach State then fell to UC Santa Barbara, 63-54, in its first championship appearance in 11 years. Three 49ers were named to the all-tournament team, while Wynn also had two athletes, Tipesa Moorer and Alex Sanchez, garner All-Big West honors.
In her first year at the Beach (2009-10), Wynn led a senior-laden squad to a fourth-place finish in conference play with a 9-7 record. They swept eventual Big West Tournament champion UC Riverside and defending Big West champion UCSB during the regular season. LBSU also defeated the Gauchos on their home floor for the first time in 19 years. Wynn saw three of her players earn All-Big West recognition, including first-team selection Karina Figueroa.
In 2010-11, Long Beach State finished sixth in the Big West and had two players named to the all-conference team. The 49ers also claimed the Big West Freshman of the Year and the Big West Hustle Player of the Year awards.
During her tenure at the Beach, Wynn has coached 16 All-Big West selections, one Big West Freshman of the Year and one Big West Defensive Player of the Year. She has also had four individuals named to the league's all-freshman team and five selected to the conference's all-tournament team. Wynn's players have also been successful in the classroom as she has mentored one CoSIDA Academic All-American and 18 Big West All-Academic picks.
Wynn came to Long Beach State with 13 years of collegiate coaching experience under her belt. She spent five seasons as the senior assistant, recruiting coordinator and head of scouting at USC, where she was in charge of bringing in four nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including the No. 1-ranked group in 2006. On the court, Wynn coached seven All-Pac-10 performers, a conference freshman of the year and a WNBA draft pick.
In 2008-09, Wynn helped the Trojans advance to their first-ever Pac-10 championship game, with five players garnering all-league honors. In her first season at USC (2004-05), the Women of Troy tied for second in the conference and rolled into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997, finishing the campaign ranked 22nd in the nation. One year later, the Trojans were back in the postseason, advancing to the second round.
Wynn entered the coaching ranks in 1996-97 as an assistant at Pepperdine. She helped the Waves to six postseason appearances, including three bids to the NCAA Tournament. In her eight seasons in Malibu, Pepperdine had six 20-win campaigns and captured four West Coast Conference championships.
The Brea, Calif., native was a four-year letterwinner and starting guard at USC from 1993-96. During her playing career, the Trojans compiled a record of 79-35 (.693), won the 1994 Pac-10 Conference championship and made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
Wynn was also a prep standout at Brea Olinda High School, where she guided the Ladycats to three California state championships. She earned CIF-Southern Section and Orange County Player of the Year accolades in 1991 and 1992, while also being tabbed a USA Today and Streets & Smith honorable mention All-American.
Wynn earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science from USC in 1996 and attained a master's in education from Pepperdine in 2000.
The former Jody Anton is married to Derek Wynn and the couple has two daughters, Jada and Kaeli.
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