Jan. 9, 2013
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - In a fast-paced game that featured two of the Big West's early unbeaten teams, it was Cal State Northridge that prevailed over Long Beach State, 73-52, Wednesday evening at The Matadome.
LBSU (9-6, 2-1 Big West), which saw its five-game win streak come to an end, was playing its first road game in nearly a month as the 49ers' last contest away from the Walter Pyramid was at San Diego on Dec. 15.
It was a frantic game from the beginning as the two teams combined for 46 turnovers. Long Beach State committed 25 of them and shot 32.1 percent from the floor.
Sophomore Alex Sanchez led the squad with 13 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Sophomore Devin Hudson chipped in her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while classmate Bianka Balthazar added 10 points.
The 49ers took an early 6-3 lead on a Balthazar layup at the 17:56 mark, but CSUN proceeded to score 15 unanswered points to go up, 18-6. Balthazar then ended a five-plus minute scoring drought with a free throw and Ella Clark followed with a 3-pointer, but a Matador basket put the home team on top, 20-10.
LBSU came storming back late in the first half, using a 15-4 run, capped by a Sanchez layup, to hold a 33-32 edge with 2:42 to play. Northridge then regrouped and scored the final eight points as it went into the locker room with a 40-33 advantage.
Balthazar paced Long Beach State with 10 points in the first period. Hudson added nine points and six rebounds.
LBSU cut the deficit to 40-38 with five-straight points to start the second half as Sanchez nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner and Hudson followed with a layup. CSUN then responded once again with a 14-0 spurt to pull ahead, 54-38.
Lauren Spargo eventually ended the 49ers' offensive slump with a jumper and Sanchez's third trey of the game made it 54-43, but the Matadors used another big run (17-3) to go up by as many as 25 en route to the 73-52 victory.
Cal State Northridge (9-5, 3-0 Big West) shot 41.1 percent on the evening and was even better from long distance with a 50.0 3-point field goal percentage. Ashlee Guay led the way with a game-high 22 points, while Marta Masoni added 19.
Long Beach State travels to Honolulu this weekend as it continues Big West play on the road with a 7 p.m. (PST) showdown at Hawaii on Sunday, Jan. 13.
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