Long Beach State Falls Short at UC Davis, 68-62
Sophomore Bianka Balthazar registers a team-best 16 points
Jan. 31, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - In a seesaw battle that saw 15 lead changes and 12 tie scores, it was UC Davis that prevailed in the end, defeating Long Beach State, 68-62, Thursday evening at The Pavilion.
The 49ers also shot 36.5 percent from the floor and were 30.8 percent from behind the arc. Sophomore Bianka Balthazar registered a team-best 16 points on a 6-of-14 shooting performance and added four steals. Clark, Hudson and senior Mary Ochiltree had nine points apiece, and sophomore Alex Sanchez chipped in eight points and six assists.
Long Beach State got on the board first as Ochiltree made 1-of-2 free throws, but UC Davis proceeded to take a 6-1 lead at the 18-minute mark. The 49ers came back to tie it up at 6-6 on a Balthazar 3-pointer before the Aggies used an 8-4 spurt to pull ahead, 14-10. LBSU then scored five unanswered to hold a 15-14 advantage with 13:01 to go.
UC Davis (9-10, 4-4 Big West) went back on top, 19-15, but the 49ers responded with an 11-0 run, capped by a Sanchez jumper at the 7:55 mark, to take their largest lead of the half at 26-19. Long Beach State stayed out front until back-to-back 3-pointers from Cortney French put the home team up, 32-31, with 2:11 remaining.
UCD pulled ahead by three, but LBSU closed out the half on a 4-0 sprint to own a narrow 35-34 edge at the break.
LBSU shot 46.7 percent from the floor in the first period and was led by Balthazar's nine points.
The Aggies made a pair of free throws on their first possession of the second half, but the 49ers quickly came back with a 7-2 spurt to go up, 42-38, at the 17:00 mark. UC Davis regained the lead at 44-42 and the two teams then traded points before LBSU went on a 10-0 run to go up, 56-49, with 7:12 remaining.
UC Davis would turn the tides with a 9-0 sprint of its own, pulling ahead 58-56. A 3-pointer from Balthazar ended a three-plus minute scoring drought for the 49ers, giving them a one-point advantage (59-58) with 3:50 on the clock, but the Aggies answered with a layup by Sydnee Fipps. After Hudson knotted it back up at 60-60 with a free throw, UCD took the lead for good, outscoring LBSU, 8-2, down the stretch for the 68-62 victory.
Fipps finished with a career-high 29 points, while French chipped in 17 for UC Davis.
Long Beach State is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 2, when it heads to Stockton, Calif., for a 5 p.m. Big West showdown against conference-leading Pacific. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. at Alex G. Spanos Center.
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