Jan. 19, 2013
LONG BEACH - Sophomores Devin Hudson and Lauren Spargo sparked a 15-1 run late in the game to lift the Long Beach State women's basketball team to a 45-39 comeback victory over Cal State Fullerton Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
Hudson notched her second consecutive double-double, and fifth of the season, with a career-high 17 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Spargo also totaled 11 points as she was 3-of-7 from beyond the arc.
The 49ers snapped a three-game skid and improved to 10-8 overall and 3-3 in the Big West. With the win, they have secured their third double-figure win campaign in the last four years.
LBSU registered a 36.4 field goal percentage and held CSF to a dismal 19 percent from the floor. The 49ers had 14 steals and forced 22 turnovers, but the Titans held the edge in rebounds, 49-36.
Long Beach State took an early 5-1 lead, before Cal State Fullerton, which started the game 0-for-10 from the floor, made its first field goal at the 14:28 mark. CSF then proceeded to go on a 17-2 run over the next five-plus minutes to pull ahead, 18-7.
The 49ers were able to regroup as they used an 11-0 sprint, capped by five-straight points from Sanchez, to close the gap to two at 18-16 with 4:55 to play. LBSU then went cold for the remainder of the half as the Titans took a 21-18 advantage into the break.
Sanchez and Dooley paced Long Beach State with five points each, while Hudson had six rebounds in the first period.
Cal State Fullerton (7-10, 3-2 Big West) opened up a 12-point lead as it started the second half on a 12-3 run to go on top, 33-21, at the 12:25 mark. Just over a minute later, Spargo got the 49ers rolling with a 3-pointer from the right wing. Hudson followed with a pair of layups as LBSU cut the deficit to 33-28 with 9:20 remaining.
After CSF pulled ahead by eight, Hudson and Spargo again brought the 49ers back as Hudson completed a three-point play and followed with a jumper on the next possession to make it 38-35 with 3:48 to go. Spargo then drained a 3-pointer, tying it up at 38-38 with 3:13 on the clock.
At the 1:41 mark, Long Beach State called a timeout after finding itself in trouble with two seconds on the shot clock. Spargo then stepped up out of the short break and nailed a deep three to give the 49ers their first lead since early in the first half. LBSU never looked back from there, finishing the game on a 15-1 run for the 45-39 victory. Hudson and Spargo combined for 13 of those 15 points.
Alex Thomas led Cal State Fullerton with 20 points, while Kathleen Iwuoha had a team-high 14 rebounds.
Long Beach State is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 26, when it plays host to UC Irvine in its lone game next week. The 49ers and Anteaters will square off at 1 p.m. in a Big West showdown at the Walter Pyramid.
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