Freshman Bianka Balthazar had a team-high 11 points and three assists in a Big West loss at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.
Jan. 28, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - The Long Beach State women's basketball team gave up a couple of big runs in the second half as Cal State Fullerton pulled away with the 74-53 Big West win Saturday afternoon at Titan Gym.
LBSU (9-12, 4-4 Big West) shot 34.6 percent from the field, while CSF made 44.4 percent of its shots. The Titans also won the battle in rebounding, 38-34. Freshmen Alex Sanchez and Bianka Balthazar led the 49ers with 11 points each, while senior Tipesa Moorer chipped in 10.
Cal State Fullerton (9-11, 2-6 Big West) opened the second half on a 12-5 run to take a 47-29 lead with 16:43 left in the game. After back-to-back three-point plays from Sanchez and junior Jhakia McDonald, LBSU closed the gap to 12 in less than a minute, but the Titans then scored six unanswered points to go up by 18.
Freshman Lauren Spargo's 3-pointer at the 9:46 mark ended a nearly six-minute scoring drought for the 49ers, but CSF never let up as it used a 14-4 spurt to take its largest lead of the day at 67-42 with five minutes to go. The 49ers were unable to dig themselves out of the hole as they trailed by at least 20 the rest of the way.
It was a seesaw battle early in the first half with two lead changes and two tie scores before Cal State Fullerton pulled ahead, 12-7, at the 14:23 mark. The 49ers slowly chipped away and used a 9-4 spurt, capped by a Hudson layup, to even the score at 16-16 with 10:39 to play.
CSF then opened up an 11-point advantage as it went on a 13-2 run to go on top, 29-18. LBSU came back within seven after a layup from Sanchez with 3:39 remaining, but the Titans outscored the 49ers, 6-2, down the stretch to hold a 35-24 lead at the break.
Mya Olivier led the Titans with a career-high 23 points, while Megan Richardson (15) and Alicya Crisp (11) also finished in double figures.
Long Beach State will be looking for its first Big West Conference road win next week when it heads to UC Irvine (Feb. 2) and UC Riverside (Feb. 4).
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