Feb. 11, 2012
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Long Beach State women's basketball team showed no quit in a hard-fought 75-72 double overtime victory over Big West leading Cal State Northridge Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
The 49ers improved to 10-14 overall and 5-6 in conference play as they earned their first Big West road win. It is just the second time in the last five years that LBSU has reached double figures in the win column and both of those times have come in the Jody Wynn era.
Senior Tipesa Moorer led the way with 19 points, while sophomore Hallie Meneses finished with 14 points, four steals and three assists. Freshmen Alex Sanchez and Chantel Dooley chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Freshman Devin Hudson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and just missed out on a double-double with eight points.
Dooley drove to the basket for a layup on back-to-back possessions to start the second overtime, putting the 49ers on top, 65-61. LBSU then took a 70-63 lead on a Moorer 3-pointer at the 2:07 mark. Jessica Duarte eventually knocked down a three with 40 seconds on the clock to close the gap to 72-68.
Long Beach State stayed out front by at least four until Violet Alama's put back made it 75-72. She was also fouled but was unable to complete the three-point play. Junior Mary Ochiltree grabbed the board and was immediately fouled, but she missed both attempts from the charity stripe, giving Cal State Northridge the ball with 6.1 seconds left. The Matadors were unable to get a shot off, however, allowing the 49ers to escape with the win.
It went back-and-forth in the early going with four lead changes and one tie score in the first four minutes of the game. After Long Beach State knotted it up at 6-6 with a Sanchez free throw, Cal State Northridge pulled ahead, 13-6. Bianka Balthazar eventually ended a three-minute scoring drought and the 49ers proceeded to go on a huge 17-0 run, capped by a Moorer jumper, to open up a 23-13 advantage at the 8:40 mark.
The Matadors closed the gap to three, but Lauren Spargo and Meneses hit back-to-back 3-pointers to rebuild the lead to nine (29-20) with 4:30 remaining. LBSU stayed out front by at least five until a long trey from Janae Sharpe made it 32-30 with 33 seconds left. Sharpe then sank 1-of-2 free throws to bring CSUN within one at the break.
Long Beach State shot 43.5 percent in the first half, but Cal State Northridge topped that at 64.3 percent. Meneses led the 49ers with 11 points, going 4-for-4 from the field. Three of her baskets came from beyond the arc and she also tallied three steals and two assists.
The two teams entered another seesaw battle in the second half and it was tied up at 45-45 before CSUN pulled ahead by four with 6:41 remaining. The 49ers stayed within striking distance and cut the deficit to 53-52 following a pair of free throws from Moorer at the 2:19 mark. The Matadors then hit a jumper and held a three-point lead until Dooley's layup with 11 seconds on the clock made it 55-54.
After Ashlee Guay sank 1-of-2 free throws, Dooley drove to the basket and tied it up with 1.4 seconds on the clock. Jasmine Erving got a shot off before the buzzer but it hit the front of the rim sending the game into overtime.
The 49ers raced out to a 61-56 lead at the 3:33 mark of the first overtime, but the Matadors chipped away and eventually evened it up at 61-61 with 29 seconds left. LBSU was unable to get a good look before the buzzer forcing the second extra period.
Cal State Northridge (14-10, 8-3 Big West) shot 44.8 percent from the field and was led by Jasmine Erving's 20 points and 10 rebounds. Janae Sharpe also finished with 17 points.
Long Beach State returns to the friendly confines of the Walter Pyramid next week when it entertains UC Davis (Feb. 16) and Pacific (Feb. 18). The 49ers will host their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night against the Tigers next Saturday.
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