Beach Drop Conference Opener at UC Santa Barbara, 51-44
Cecily Wilson records her fourth double-figure rebound game in setback
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Senior guard Cecily Wilson recorded her fourth double-figure rebound game and was one point shy of a double-double, but the Long Beach State women’s basketball team could not overcome a third quarter in which the Beach was held to just 10 percent shooting.
Neither Long Beach State (2-13, 0-1 BWC) nor UC Santa Barbara (4-9, 1-0 BWC) shot well in the contest as the Beach posted a 30.4 shooting percentage, while the Gauchos shot 31.0 percent in the game. Additionally, the Beach struggled from the free throw line making just 7-of-18 shots for a 38.9 shooting percentage. With both teams lacking an offensive spark, the game stayed close.
In addition to leading the team with nine points and 10 rebounds in the game, Wilson also added two assists, one block, and a team-high two steals. Junior Martina McCowan contributed eight points with two assists, and one steal, while Emma Merriweather recorded seven points, nine boards, and one block.
For the Gauchos, Drew Edelman led the team with 23 rebounds and nine points, just missing a double-double. Makala Roper led the team in scoring with 15 points to go along with four boards, and two assists.
The two teams battled each other to a 12-12 tie in the first quarter after they both connected on five field goals, one three-pointer, and made just one free throw.
The Beach managed to take a 23-22 lead at halftime as they outscored the Gauchos 11-10 in the frame on just 28.6 percent shooting.
The third quarter was the difference maker in the game as the Beach were held scoreless for the first five minutes of action as the Gauchos went on a 9-0 run to open the frame. Long Beach State shot just 10 percent from the field connecting on only 1-of-10 field goal attempts and was held to just five points in the frame.
Trailing 39-28 going into the fourth quarter, Long Beach State put together its best offensive showing of the game to shoot 41.2 percent (7-for-17) as the Beach outscored the Gauchos 16-12. LBSU got a solid showing from Wilson who scored seven of her nine points in the frame.
The Beach cut the Gauchos’ lead down to five (47-42) with just 1:39 left to play forcing UC Santa Barbara to call a timeout. Despite Long Beach State’s efforts, the Beach were unable to come any closer as the Gauchos ended up taking the game by a score of 51-44.
Long Beach State looks to snap its six-game losing streak on Saturday, Jan. 6 when it takes on UC Riverside at 5 p.m. at the SRC Arena.
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