March 1, 2012
LONG BEACH - Senior Tipesa Moorer saved one of her best performances for her final game at the Walter Pyramid as she led the Long Beach State women's basketball team to a thrilling 62-61 victory over Cal State Fullerton in front of a crowd of 1,039 Thursday evening.
On Senior Night, Moorer went 10-for-14 from the floor for a game-high 20 points. She also finished with five rebounds. Freshman Alex Sanchez added 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting, while sophomore Hallie Meneses chipped in 11 points.
LBSU (12-17, 7-9 Big West) made a season-high 57.5 percent of its shots and held a narrow 35-33 edge in rebounding.
CSF owned a 61-57 advantage with 2:39 left in the game. Nine seconds later, freshman Chantel Dooley sank a pair of free throws to cut the Titans' lead in half and Sanchez followed with a layup, evening the score at 61-61 at the 1:33 mark. Sanchez went on to make 1-of-2 attempts from the charity stripe to put the 49ers up by one with 41 seconds remaining. LBSU then locked down on defense to come away with the 62-61 win.
Cal State Fullerton (11-17, 4-11 Big West) had opened the second period with a 15-4 run to go up, 40-37, but LBSU proceeded to score nine unanswered points to reclaim the lead at 46-40. Long Beach State stayed out front until the Titans took advantage of a five-minute 49er scoring drought as they pulled ahead, 55-51.Meneses eventually ended the scoreless streak with a jumper at the 5:46 mark.
In the first half, LBSU struck first and went up 8-5 following a Moorer jumper at the 15:52 mark. Cal State Fullerton then answered with a 6-0 spurt before the 49ers scored three quick points to knot it up at 11-11.
It went back-and-forth until LBSU used a big 14-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from freshman Lauren Spargo, to pull ahead 33-21 with 2:02 to go. The Titans closed the gap to eight (33-25) at the break as Megan Richardson had a pair of layups in the final minute.
Long Beach State shot a blistering 63.6 percent from the floor, while holding CSF to 27.8 percent in the first period. The 49ers also outrebounded the Titans, 21-14. Moorer led the way with 10 points, while Sanchez had nine.
Megan Richardson paced Cal State Fullerton with 18 points. Lauren Chow also finished with 15, while Mya Olivier chipped in 14.
Long Beach State will make its third-straight appearance in the Big West Tournament next Tuesday (March 6), when it hits the road for a first-round game. The 49ers secured at least a No. 7 seed and can move up to No. 6 with a UC Santa Barbara loss on Saturday.
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