Feb. 15, 2014
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Junior Ella Clark had a career night to lead the Long Beach State women's basketball team to a huge 85-72 win at Big West-leading Cal Poly Saturday at Mott Gym.
Clark finished with a career-best 23 points on 9-for-11 shooting. She also had four rebounds and a career-high tying four steals.
Junior Hallie Meneses matched her season best with 19 points to go along with eight assists. Senior Jade Wilson also flirted with a double-double as she registered 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Junior Lauren Spargo chipped in 14 points.
LBSU (14-11, 6-5 Big West) shot 50.9 percent on the evening and was 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from 3-point range. The 49ers were also 22-for-29 from the free throw line, while the Mustangs were able to get to the charity stripe only nine times.
Long Beach State got off to a strong start, taking a 7-0 lead on a Meneses jumper at the 17:36 mark. LBSU stayed out front until Cal Poly scored eight unanswered to pull ahead, 20-17, with 9:55 remaining. The 49ers were quick to respond as a 3-pointer from Anna Kim tied it up just 25 seconds later.
The visitors then stepped up their defensive play and went on to outscore the Mustangs, 19-6, over the final nine minutes to hold the 39-26 edge at the break.
Long Beach State was paced by Clark's 14 points in the first half. She missed just one shot as she was 6-of-7 from the field, including a perfect 2-for-2 from behind the arc.
Meneses drained a 3-pointer to start the second period, and the 49ers continued on a 12-6 run to go on top, 51-32, with 14:44 to play. Cal Poly was able to close the gap to 13, but LBSU came back with six-straight, capped by a three-point play from Spargo, to rebuild its lead to 60-41.
Long Beach State continued to cruise, going up by 20 with 5:38 on the clock before the Mustangs made a late push with a 13-3 spurt to cut their deficit to 72-62 with just under three minutes to go. The 49ers didn't let them get any closer, however, as they were 13-for-15 from the free throw line down the stretch for the 85-72 victory.
Cal Poly (14-10, 8-3 Big West) shot 39.2 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from downtown. Ariana Elegado paced the Mustangs with 22 points, while Molly Schlemer finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Long Beach State returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 20, when it entertains UC Davis in its Breast Cancer Awareness Game. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid.
NOTES: Long Beach State handed Cal Poly just its second home loss of the season ... LBSU has won two in a row at Mott Gym in the all-time series with the Mustangs ... Ella Clark is the sixth 49er this season to have a 20-point game ... It was also the team's sixth 80-point game of the year ... Long Beach State is 9-1 with four players scoring in double figures.
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