LBSU's Shanaijah Davison Scores 20 Points in Loss to Montana State
The freshman guard shot 43.8 percent from the field to lead the Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Freshman guard Shanaijah Davison came off the bench and turned in a 20-point performance for Long Beach State, but the Beach came up just short as they fell to Montana State, 62-51, on Sunday afternoon at the Walter Pyramid.
Davison was the team's leading scorer as she shot 43.8 percent (7-for-16) from the field and connected on 4-of-5 free throws for her first 20-point effort of her collegiate career. The Woodland, Calif., native also excelled on defense as she swiped a team-best six steals, while adding three rebounds.
In addition to Davison's strong showing, senior guard Cecily Wilson added 11 points and eight rebounds, while collecting two steals and one assist. Freshman center Emma Merriweather was stout at the post again as she grabbed a team-best nine rebounds, with five coming on the offensive side of the ball and four coming on defense.
The Beach (0-2) opened the game strong as they shot 50 percent (5-for-10) from the field in the first quarter, while their defense limited the Bobcats (1-1) to just 26.7 percent (4-for-15). LBSU took a one-point lead into the second quarter and found itself struggling to connect from the field in the frame. The Beach were 4-for-18 from the field and 0-for-6 from beyond the arc and scored just nine points in the frame. However, the Long Beach State defense stepped up and kept Montana State to just 11 points as the Beach headed into the locker room at halftime down by just one (21-20).
Long Beach State's offense kicked back into gear in the third quarter shooting 46.2 percent (6-for-13) from the field as Davison led the team with seven points in the frame. While the Beach came out hot, so did the Bobcats as they were 6-for-12 from the field, with five of their field goals being three pointers. With both teams firing on all cylinders, the Beach went into the fourth quarter trailing, 43-37.
The fourth quarter made all the difference in the game as LBSU was hampered by cold shooting once again. The Beach got several good looks and made 21 promising field goal attempts, but the buckets were not falling as they managed to connect on just five field goals for a shooting percentage of 23.8. Meanwhile, Montana State took full advantage of Long Beach State's offensive struggles and shot 45.5 percent as the Beach fell by 11 to the Bobcats.
Montana State was led by Hanah Caudill who finished the game with 24 points as all of her made field goals (6-for-12) came from long distance. She was also a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. Madeline Smith joined Caudill in double figures with 11 points and Blaire Braxton led the team with 10 rebounds.
The Bobcats shot 36.7 percent (18-for-49) in the game, with 42 rebounds, 15 assists, and scored 23 points off of turnovers.
Long Beach State was 20-for-62 from the field for a 32.3 shooting percentage, while adding 36 boards, 13 steals, and nine assists. The Beach forced 26 turnovers which materialized into 15 points. LBSU made the most of its opportunities in the paint as the Beach scored 28 points to MSU's 12 in the paint.
The Beach return to action on Friday, Nov. 17 when they host Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m. inside the Walter Pyramid.
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