49ers Drop 54-48 Decision to Cal State Fullerton in First Round of Big West Tournament
March 12, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - Sophomore Devin Hudson had another huge performance, but this time it wasn't enough as No. 8 Cal State Fullerton upset fifth-seeded Long Beach State, 54-48, in the first round of the Big West Women's Basketball Tournament Tuesday evening at the Bren Events Center in Irvine.
Three days after finishing the regular season with LBSU's first 20-point and 20-rebound performance in 18 years, Hudson was back at it as she carried the 49ers with 17 points and a career-high 24 rebounds. Her 24 boards topped the previous Big West Tournament record of 20, which was established by former 49er Angelique Lee in 1990. She also ranks third in school single-game history.
In addition, it was Hudson's third-straight double-double and team-leading ninth of the year.
"I am proud of Devin (Hudson)," head coach Jody Wynn said. "She has carried us offensively and defensively and tonight she didn't have a lot of help."
Sophomore Lauren Spargo was the only other player in double figures with 11 points.
The 49ers (16-15) finished the night shooting 30.8 percent from the floor and 16 percent (4-for-25) from 3-point range. They were outrebounded, 48-43.
It was a defensive battle in the first half as neither team was able to find its rhythm on the offensive end. Sophomore Chantel Dooley put LBSU on the board first with a layup, but the score remained 2-0 at the first media timeout with 15:51 remaining.
Cal State Fullerton (10-21) eventually scored at the 14:51 mark and it went back-and-forth until Long Beach State went on a 10-2 run, capped by a Bianka Balthazar layup, to take a 16-9 lead with 4:50 to play. Senior Mary Ochiltree sparked the rally with a pair of 3-pointers. The 49ers did not score the rest of the way, however, as the Titans pulled within three (16-13) at the break.
LBSU shot 26.9 percent from the field and held Cal State Fullerton to a dismal 15.6 percent (5-for-32) in the first half. Ochiltree led the 49ers with six points, while Hudson had 10 rebounds.
CSF regrouped and started the second period on a 9-2 spurt to go up, 22-18, at the 17:14 mark. Long Beach State then answered with six consecutive points to reclaim the advantage. It continued on a 15-4 spurt, which ended with a deep 3-pointer by Spargo and a Balthazar layup, to pull ahead, 35-27, with 10:46 remaining.
The Titans refused to quit as they came back with 10 unanswered to take the lead for good. After Hudson converted 1-of-2 free throws to make it 37-36, CSF used an 8-2 sprint to go on top, 46-38. LBSU cut the deficit to three at 48-45 and again at 50-47 after a pair of free throws from Ella Clark with 27 seconds on the clock, but the 49ers were forced to foul and Cal State Fullerton went 4-for-4 from the line to prevail, 54-48.
The Titans improved their field goal percentage dramatically in the second half (51.7) to finish the game at 32.8 percent. Alex Thomas led the way in the final 20 minutes with 11 points. Mya Olivier finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Lauren Bushong added 11 points and nine boards.