Feb. 2, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. - The Long Beach State women's basketball team trailed by 12 with eight minutes to play, but UC Irvine made the final push as it ran away with the 86-61 victory Thursday evening at Bren Events Center.
LBSU (9-13, 4-5 Big West) continued its struggles on the road as it fell to 1-11 in away games.
UCI shot 46.4 percent from the field, while holding the 49ers to 32.8 percent. The Anteaters also owned a plus-10 margin in rebounding and forced 28 turnovers.
Senior Tipesa Moorer led Long Beach State with 11 points, while freshman Devin Hudson added eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Alex Sanchez also chipped in nine points and sophomore Hallie Meneses finished with eight points and four assists.
LBSU raced out to a 5-0 lead in the first minute following a Meneses 3-pointer and a fastbreak layup from Moorer. After UCI got on the board with a jumper at the 18:32 mark, freshman Bianka Balthazar drained a three from the top of the key to put the 49ers up by six. Long Beach State stayed out front until the Anteaters went on a 9-3 run to even the score at 13-13 with 12:05 to play.
UC Irvine (10-12, 6-3 Big West) would proceed to take its first lead of the night at 19-17 and continued on a 13-0 run to go up, 32-17 with 4:27 remaining. Freshman Lauren Spargo eventually ended a six-minute scoring drought for LBSU with a 3-pointer, but the Anteaters went into the break with a 35-22 lead.
The 49ers shot 33.3 percent from the field in the first half, while UCI made 38.2 percent of its shots. UC Irvine also owned a 27-13 advantage on the boards, including an 11-3 edge in offensive rebounds. Balthazar and Meneses led LBSU with six points each.
The Anteaters opened the second period on a 10-2 spurt to pull ahead, 45-24, but Long Beach State answered with a 17-6 run, capped by a three-point play from Sanchez, to cut the deficit to 53-41 with 10:41 on the clock.
After UC Irvine reclaimed a 16-point lead, the 49ers came back within 12 with just over eight minutes to play. UCI wouldn't let up, however, as it went up by as many as 27 points en route to the 86-61 victory.
Jacquelyn Marshall paced five Anteaters in double-figure scoring with 18 points. Kassandra McCalister registered a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Kelly Meggs (12), Anete Klintsone (11) and Kiara Belen (10), rounded out the group.
Long Beach State is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 4, when it travels to UC Riverside for a 3 p.m. Big West showdown with the Highlanders.
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