Long Beach State Comes Up Short at Cal Poly, 70-61
Naomi Hunt led all scorers with a 21-point performance
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Long Beach State women’s basketball team took an early lead over Cal Poly, but was unable to overcome a cold-shooting second quarter as the Beach dropped a 70-61 decision to Cal Poly on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman forward Naomi Hunt led all scorers with 21 points as she was solid from long distance connecting on 6-of-11 three-pointers. Joining Hunt in double-figures was freshman Ma’Qhi Berry who tallied 13 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds.
Long Beach State (3-21, 1-9 Big West) opened the game with a strong offensive performance as the Beach shot 46.7 percent (7-for-15) from the field and scored 20 points in the first quarter. Hunt tallied 12 of her 21 points in the first 10 minutes of action. Hunt, alone, scored more points than Cal Poly (14-9, 8-3 Big West) as a team, which notched 11 points.
With a 20-11 lead, Long Beach State went cold in the second as the Mustangs opened the frame on a 5-0 run. The Beach were held to just 8.3 percent (1-for-12) shooting in the frame and they were outscored 17-7 to head into halftime down by one (28-27).
The Beach bounced back in the third quarter scoring 17 points while shooting 42.9 percent. However, the Mustangs continued to make their plays as they tallied 19 points in the frame to take a 47-44 lead into the final quarter.
Long Beach State played hard in the final frame, but Cal Poly managed to connect on 8-of-12 field goals in the fourth to shoot 66.7 percent as the Mustangs scored 23 points in the fourth. Despite the Beach’s efforts, Long Beach State was unable to regain the lead it once had as the Beach fell to the Mustangs by a score of 70-61.
Cecily Wilson finished the game as Long Beach State’s leading rebounder with eight boards to go along with nine points, while Shanaijah Davision led the Beach with three steals while adding nine points of her own in the setback.
Long Beach State will be back in action on Thursday, February 15 when it travels to UC Davis for a 7 p.m. contest.
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