Feb. 7, 2013
LONG BEACH - Sophomore Ella Clark had a season-high 17 points, but it wasn't enough as Hawai'i pulled away down the stretch to defeat Long Beach State, 61-54, Thursday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU (11-11, 4-6 Big West) made 32.7 percent of its shots and was just 3-of-19 from 3-point range. The 49ers were also outrebounded, 49-28.
Clark went 6-for-9 from the floor to finish with a season-best 17 points, while grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore Devin Hudson also had nine points.
Long Beach State took control early as Clark hit a baseline jumper on the opening possession. Behind a strong defensive effort, the 49ers then rolled to a 12-0 lead at the 11:28 mark.
Shawna-Lei Kuehu finally got UH on the board with 10:41 on the clock and continued to score the first seven points for the visitors. That sparked the Rainbow Wahine to an 18-4 run over the next five-plus minutes to give them their first advantage of the night at 18-16.
Hawai'i (11-10, 7-3 Big West) would go up by five before Alex Sanchez sank four free throws to make it 23-22 with 47.1 seconds left. UH made the final basket, however, as Monica DeAngelis sank a three for the 26-22 edge at the break.
The two teams shot an identical 34.8 percent from the field, but LBSU was 0-for-6 from behind the arc in the first half. Clark led Long Beach State with six points and four rebounds.
The 49ers opened the second period on an 8-2 run, capped by a Clark 3-pointer, to reclaim the lead at 30-28 with 16:44 remaining. LBSU stayed out front until Hawai'i had a pair of layups to go on top, 35-34, at the 11:45 mark. The Rainbow Wahine pulled ahead by six before back-to-back 3-pointers from Lauren Spargo and Mary Ochiltree evened it up at 41-41 with 8:13 to go.
The two teams then entered a seesaw battle with five tie scores and two lead changes over the next five minutes. With the score knotted at 51-51, UH took the lead for good on a DeAngelis 3-pointer. The Rainbow Wahine went up by six with 1:13 on the clock and after a missed jumper by the 49ers, they were forced to foul and Hawai'i pulled away for the 61-54 victory. Long Beach State was outscored, 10-3, over the final 2:43.
LBSU did a good job of containing UH's leading scorer, Kamilah Martin, holding her to a season-low seven points. Martin did finish with a game-high 12 rebounds, while three other Rainbow Wahine scored in double digits. Kuehu led the way with 18 points and 10 boards.
Both the Long Beach State and Hawai'i coaching staffs wore orange ribbons during the game in memory of Cal State Fullerton assistant coach Monica Quan who tragically lost her life this past weekend.
Long Beach State is back at the Walter Pyramid on Saturday, Feb. 9, for a 4 p.m. showdown against Cal State Northridge. The 49ers will host their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game on Saturday.
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