Davison Ties Career-High in Long Beach State’s 59-51 Win at CSUN
Shanaijah Davison ties her career-high with 29 points in the Beach’s win
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The Long Beach State women’s basketball team played with grit and determination Thursday night and came away with a 59-51 victory over CSUN behind a career-high 29-point performance by freshman Shanaijah Davision.
The Beach (3-20, 1-8 Big West) earned their first Big West Conference win of the season as they turned in a solid effort both offensively and defensively. Offensively, LBSU was led by Davison who tied her career-high with her fifth 20-point performance of the year. She connected on 11-of-22 field goals to lead all scorers.
Defensively, Long Beach State collected 18 steals and forced CSUN (13-11, 6-4 Big West) into 20 turnovers. The Beach capitalized on the Matadors turnovers scoring 23 points off of turns.
In addition to Davison’s offensive explosion, Long Beach State also received solid efforts from Jessica Gertz (9 points), Cecily Wilson (8 points), and Naomi Hunt (5 points). Gertz’s nine points all came from long distance as she connected on back-to-back threes in the third quarter to give the Beach the lead that it would hold through the remainder of the game.
While the offense clicked, so did the defense as Davison collected six steals, while Wilson swiped four and Hunt added three. Gertz cleaned up the glass with seven boards, while Wilson grabbed six rebounds.
The game began as a defensive show with neither team scoring a field goal until the seven-minute mark when CSUN’s Meghann Henderson hit a three to give the Matadors a 3-1 lead. However, 15 seconds later, Wilson would even the score with a layup for the Beach’s first field goal of the game. The two teams battled each other in the first quarter keeping the game close before CSUN took a 10-8 lead into the second quarter.
The Matadors opened up a lead in the second as they led by as many as eight points in the frame. Long Beach State was not fazed. The Beach chipped away and cut the Matadors’ lead down to three (25-22) to halftime.
The Beach came out of the locker room ready to go as they started the third quarter off with a layup from Ma’Qhi Berry to cut CSUN’s lead to one (25-24). Long Beach State stayed close on CSUN’s heels and evened the score on a three by Gertz at 4:53 before taking a 35-32 lead on a subsequent trey off the hands of Gertz. Gertz’s initial three sparked a 10-3 run by the Beach as they closed the third quarter with a 39-35 lead.
Long Beach State continued its tough style of play in the fourth as it extended its lead up to 11 (55-43). The Beach held the lead despite the Matadors’ efforts and went on to earn a 59-51 victory to snap a 13-match losing streak.
The Beach will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 10 at Cal Poly. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
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