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49ers get off to a strong start and upend Washington, 71-62

Sophomore Alex Sanchez had a season-high 18 points to go along with seven assists in a 71-62 win over Washington.

Nov. 18, 2012

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LONG BEACH - Behind a season-high 18 points from sophomore Alex Sanchez, the Long Beach State women's basketball team upended Pac-12 foe Washington, 71-62, Sunday afternoon at the Walter Pyramid.

It was LBSU's first win over a Pac-12 school since 2007 when it defeated Washington State, 61-55.

"Washington has some really talented kids," 49er head coach Jody Wynn said. "This is a big win for the program and it brings confidence to our young ladies."

Long Beach State (2-2) finished the game with a 40.3 field goal percentage, and was 10-for-24 from 3-point range (41.7 percent). UW held a slight 45-40 edge in rebounds.

Sanchez led the 49ers with a team-best 18 points and seven assists. She was just two points away from matching her career high of 20, which she established at Washington last year. Sophomore Lauren Spargo also made four 3-pointers en route to 13 points, while sophomore Devin Hudson totaled 12 points. Junior Jade Wilson chipped in 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

"We talked about trusting in the team and staying disciplined to the game plan," Wynn said. "We really emphasized moving the ball and playing total team defense."

The Huskies (2-1) took an early 4-2 lead, but Long Beach State then drained three-straight 3-pointers, two coming from Mary Ochiltree and one from Spargo, to go up, 11-4, with 16:04 to play. The Huskies twice pulled back within three, but LBSU answered both times and eventually used an 11-2 run, capped by a three from Ella Clark, to open up a 33-19 advantage at the 4:12 mark.

The 49ers stayed out front by double digits for the remainder of the half and went into the break with a 40-26 lead thanks to Spargo's fourth trey of the period with 44 seconds on the clock.

LBSU made 43.2 percent of its attempts from the field and was even more impressive from behind the arc where it shot 50 percent in the first half. Spargo led all players with 12 points, going 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

Long Beach State picked up right where it left off before intermission, starting the second half on a 9-3 spurt to take its largest lead of the day at 49-29 with 14:53 to go. Wilson started the run with a traditional three-point play, while Clark ended it with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

The 49ers then survived a scare as Washington nearly erased the 20-point deficit. The Huskies outscored LBSU, 24-6, over a 10-plus minute span to trail 57-55 with 4:15 remaining. LBSU regrouped at the final media timeout, however, and after a pair of layups from Hudson and a three from Sanchez, the home team went up 64-55 at the 1:42 mark.

UW immediately started fouling and when Chantel Dooley missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Clark came up big with the offensive rebound. Clark, who finished with eight points and seven rebounds, stepped up again just seconds later when she grabbed another offensive board, this time off a missed free throw from Sanchez.

Sanchez was fouled a second time on the ensuing possession and sank both attempts from the charity stripe to build the 49er lead to 11 (66-55). Long Beach State never looked back from there as it came out with the 71-62 victory.

Washington shot 38.1 percent from the field and was led by Talia Walton's 19 points. Aminah Williams added 14 points and 15 rebounds, while LBSU held the Huskies' leading scorer Jazmine Davis, who came into the game averaging 23.0 points per outing, to a 1-for-6 performance (six points).

Long Beach State embarks on its first road trip in the upcoming week as it heads to Utah Valley on Friday, Nov. 23, before making its way to No. 4 Stanford on Sunday (Nov. 25).



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