March 2, 2013
LONG BEACH - Sophomore Chantel Dooley had a double-double to lead the Long Beach State women's basketball team to a crucial 66-54 victory over UC Davis in the 49ers' final home game Saturday at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU remained one game behind fourth-place UC Santa Barbara in the Big West standings as the Gauchos defeated UC Riverside. The 49ers are also now 1.5 games ahead of the Aggies, who are in seventh place. Cal State Northridge, which is in sixth, will play tonight at Hawai'i.
Dooley registered her first double-double with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. She was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
Sophomore Lauren Spargo finished with a team-best 15 points on a 5-for-10 shooting performance. Sophomore Devin Hudson added 13 points and seven rebounds, while classmate Ella Clark chipped in 10 points and six boards. Sophomore Alex Sanchez posted another solid all-around game with nine points, eight assists and five rebounds.
Long Beach State (15-13, 8-8 Big West) made 40.7 percent of its shots and was 80 percent (16-of-20) from the foul line. It also outrebounded UC Davis, 44-32.
The 49ers went up 11-6 early in the first half, but UCD came back with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two. LBSU then took off with a 10-3 run, capped by a Hudson layup, to own a 21-12 lead at the 10:12 mark. Spargo sparked the rally with eight consecutive points over a two-plus minute span.
The Aggies answered with a 13-3 spurt of their own to hold a 25-24 edge. That lead was short-lived as Hudson had two layups and a pair of free throws to put the home team back on top, 30-25, with 4:07 remaining, but UCD would go on to outscore Long Beach State, 12-4, down the stretch to pull ahead, 37-34, at the break.
UC Davis (12-16, 7-10 Big West) struck first in the second period before the 49ers erupted for a 15-0 run, which ended with a 3-pointer from Clark, as they took a 49-39 advantage at the 13:54 mark. The Aggies closed the gap to five with 5:02 to play, but Dooley responded with a layup and Sanchez made a pair of free throws to build their lead back to nine.
The visitors were then forced to foul and Long Beach State was 8-of-10 from the charity stripe over the final 1:30 to run away with the 66-54 victory.
UC Davis was just 5-of-26 from the field in the second half and finished the afternoon with a 29.6 field goal percentage. Sydnee Fipps led the Aggies with 17 points and six rebounds.
Long Beach State sent its only senior, Mary Ochiltree, off with a win in her final game at the Walter Pyramid. Ochiltree, who was honored after the game, finished with five points and three steals.
The 49ers will close out the regular season on the road next week when they travel to UC Santa Barbara (March 7) and Cal Poly (March 9). The game against the Gauchos has been moved up one hour to 3 p.m.
NOTES: Head coach Jody Wynn came down with the flu and was unable to be at the game ... Although she was not present, the 49ers picked up their 15th win, marking the most victories in a single season during the Wynn era, and the most since going 18-10 in 2005-06 ... It was also the 50th win under Wynn's guidance as she owns a career record of 50-71 ... LBSU will finish the regular season at or over .500 for the first time since 2005-06.
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