March 9, 2013
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Behind a monster performance from sophomore Devin Hudson, who finished with a career-high 22 points and 20 rebounds, the Long Beach State women's basketball team took down Cal Poly, 71-58, Saturday at Mott Gym.
Hudson registered her second-straight double-double and team-leading eighth of the season. She also notched her first career 20-point performance and became the first 49er to have a 20-rebound game since Jayme Connors pulled down 21 boards on Dec. 21, 2005.
LBSU, which shot 60 percent in the second half, compiled a season-high 53.1 field goal percentage on the evening. They ended up outscoring the Mustangs, 44-26, over the final 20 minutes. The 49ers held Cal Poly, which was averaging 79.3 points over its last three games, to under 60 on 33.8 percent shooting.
Long Beach State (16-14, 9-9 Big West) also snapped Cal Poly's six-game winning streak and closes out the regular season with a record over .500 for the first time since 2005-06.
LBSU got on the board first and took an early 5-3 lead on a Sanchez 3-pointer at the 17:11 mark. It went back-and-forth until Cal Poly used a 13-6 spurt to pull ahead, 20-14, but the 49ers answered with a 7-2 run of their own to close the gap to 22-21 with 6:21 remaining. The Mustangs then hit consecutive 3-pointers to take their largest lead of the game at 28-21, and eventually went into the locker room with a 32-27 advantage.
Long Beach State opened the second period on an 8-1 run to go up, 35-33, at the 15:29 mark. Cal Poly went back on top by three before a Clark 3-pointer tied it up at 40-40 with 11:35 to play. Long Beach State then proceeded to go on a 12-4 sprint, capped by a trey from Spargo, to hold a 52-44 edge.
Cal Poly (19-10, 13-5 Big West) came back within five, but that was the closest it would get, as the 49ers outscored the home team, 15-9, over the final six minutes for the 71-58 victory.
Ariana Elegado and Nikol Allison led Cal Poly with 13 points each.
With the win, Long Beach State secured the fifth seed in the Big West Tournament. The 49ers will face Cal State Fullerton in the first round on Tuesday, March 12. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Bren Events Center in Irvine.
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