Feb. 16, 2012
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's basketball team sank 9-of-10 free throws in the final two minutes to run away with a 67-55 victory over UC Davis Thursday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
The 49ers, who picked up their second consecutive Big West win, improved to 11-14 overall and 6-6 in conference play. They also bettered their already impressive home record to 9-3.
LBSU made 39.3 percent of its field goals and was 32.0 percent from 3-point range. The Aggies on the other hand shot a dismal 24.1 percent from the floor, but were able to stay in the game with solid free throw shooting, making 23-of-29 attempts from the charity stripe. Long Beach State owned a narrow 43-41 edge in rebounds.
Senior Tipesa Moorer led the 49ers with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Freshman Alex Sanchez also finished with 13 points, four boards and a game-high six helpers, while classmate Chantel Dooley added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Long Beach State took an 8-3 advantage at the 16:50 mark following 3-pointers from Hallie Meneses and Sanchez. The 49ers stayed out front and eventually used a 14-6 run, capped by another Sanchez trey, to go on top, 22-11. After the Aggies came back within five, Moorer sparked an 8-0 spurt with six-straight points to open up a 30-17 lead with 6:30 remaining.
LBSU went up by 15 with 4:40 to play, but the Aggies closed out the half on a 6-2 run to cut the deficit to 37-26 at the break.
In the first half, Long Beach State shot 38.9 percent from the field and went 6-for-17 from behind the arc. Moorer led the 49ers with 10 points.
UC Davis (15-9, 7-5 Big West) sank four consecutive free throws to start the second period before freshman Bianka Balthazar got LBSU back on the board with a jumper to make it 39-30 at the 17-minute mark. UCD eventually closed the gap to three at 46-43, but the 49ers responded with a 9-1 run, which ended with a Devin Hudson layup, to rebuild a double-digit lead at 55-44.
The Aggies trailed by seven with just under two minutes to play, but they never really threatened as the 49ers sank 9-of-10 free throws down the stretch, with Dooley making five of them.
Samantha Meggison paced UC Davis with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Hannah Stephens chipped in nine points and six boards.
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid on Saturday, Feb. 18, for its annual Pink Game (Breast Cancer Awareness Night) against Pacific. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
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