Jan. 13, 2013
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Long Beach State women's basketball team's road struggles continued as it dropped a 65-57 decision to the University of Hawai'i Sunday evening at the Stan Sheriff Center.
LBSU (9-7, 2-2 Big West) suffered from a 1-for-24 performance from beyond the arc. It also finished the game shooting 31.4 percent from the field.
Sophomore Bianka Balthazar led the 49ers in scoring as she matched her career-best with 17 points. Sophomore Devin Hudson added a career-high 16 points to go along with a team-best nine rebounds, while classmates Sigrid Skorpen and Chantel Dooley had eight points each. Sophomore Alex Sanchez also had six points and five boards.
Hawai'i (7-8, 3-1 Big West) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but a pair of layups from Balthazar and Sanchez quickly evened it up at the 16:23 mark. It then became a back-and-forth affair with five more tie scores before Balthazar's layup and 3-pointer pushed the 49ers' advantage to 17-12 with 10:11 remaining.
The Rainbow Wahine responded with seven-straight points to regain the lead and continued on a 13-2 run to pull ahead, 25-19, with 4:44 to play. Although Long Beach State was held without a field goal over the final six minutes, it went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe to cut the deficit to 25-23 with 3:14 on the clock. UH was able to get the final bucket, however, as it took a 27-23 advantage into the break.
Balthazar paced LBSU with nine first-half points, while Hudson had six points and five rebounds.
Long Beach State got into early foul trouble with five fouls in the first three minutes of the second period as Hawai'i opened with a 4-0 spurt to go up by eight (31-23). Skorpen eventually got the 49ers on the board with a jumper at the 18:17 mark. After a UH basket, LBSU scored six unanswered to close the gap to two at 33-31, but the Rainbow Wahine then went on a 12-4 run to go on top, 45-35, with 11:18 remaining.
LBSU slowly chipped away and came within six (50-44) after Skorpen completed a three-point play at the 6:23 mark. The two teams then traded points before the 49ers used a 6-0 sprint, capped by a Hudson jumper, to make it 54-40 with 3:42 on the clock. Kamilah Martin ended the drought for the home team with a jumper and the Rainbow Wahine continued on an 8-1 run to put the game out of reach at 62-51 with 45 seconds on the clock. UH would then hold on for the 65-57 victory.
Martin led the University of Hawai'i with a game-high 27 points and 13 rebounds. Ashleigh Karaitiana added 11 points. The Rainbow Wahine shot 47.1 percent from the floor and held a slight 38-35 edge on the boards.
Long Beach State returns to the friendly confines of the Walter Pyramid later this week when it plays host to UC Riverside on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. The 49ers are also set to entertain Cal State Fullerton in a 4 p.m. contest on Saturday (Jan. 19).
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