Jan. 25, 2014
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Long Beach State women's basketball team's road woes continued as it suffered its fourth-straight loss away from the Walter Pyramid with a 77-54 setback to Cal State Northridge Saturday afternoon at The Matadome.
LBSU (10-9, 2-3 Big West) shot 35.2 percent from the field and was just 26.3 percent from 3-point range. The 49ers also struggled on the boards where they were outrebounded, 53-25.
Freshman Madison Montgomery was Long Beach State's only double-figure scorer as she finished with 10 points and four rebounds. Junior Lauren Spargo had nine points and four boards, while freshman Jewelyn Sawyer added a season-high nine points. Junior Hallie Meneses chipped in eight points and seven assists, and senior Jade Wilson contributed seven points and four rebounds.
Cal State Northridge (8-12, 4-2 Big West) took an early 7-0 lead before freshman Raven Benton got LBSU on the board with a pair of free throws at the 15:57 mark. The Matadors then used a 9-4 spurt over the next three-plus minutes to go on top, 16-6.
The home team eventually went up by 11 before the 49ers scored six unanswered to cut the deficit to 26-21 on a Spargo jumper with 3:13 remaining. CSUN stopped the rally with a pair of free throws and maintained a seven-point cushion (30-23) at the break.
Long Beach State struck first in the second half with a jumper from Sawyer, but Cal State Northridge proceeded to go on a 16-6 run to pull ahead, 46-31, at the 13:56 mark. Benton then drained a 3-pointer before the Matadors made back-to-back treys to spark a 10-0 spurt that gave them a 56-34 lead. Meneses ended a three-minute scoring drought for the 49ers with a three but CSUN would stay out front by at least 17 the rest of the way.
Cal State Northridge registered a 40.7 field goal percentage and was 36 percent from behind the arc. Ashlee Guay led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Janae Sharpe finished with 18 points.
Long Beach State will look to bounce back next week when it returns to the friendly confines of the Walter Pyramid where it will host Hawai'i at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30.
NOTES: Junior co-captain Alex Sanchez did not play and will most likely miss at least another week with a foot injury ... Madison Montgomery notched her sixth double-figure scoring game and second in the last three outings ... Hallie Meneses had her seventh game with at least five assists ... She has now led the team in assists 11 times this year ... LBSU had only 16 rebounds with 7:56 remaining in the second half.
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