49ers watch early lead slip away in 73-63 loss at Santa Clara
Nov. 21, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara pulled ahead late in the second half to defeat the Long Beach State women's basketball team, 73-63, Monday evening at the Leavey Center.
The 49ers led by as many as 16 in the first period, but the Broncos outscored LBSU, 45-29, over the final 20 minutes.
Long Beach State (1-3) finished the game shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from 3-point range. The 49ers also outrebounded SCU, 43-39, but committed 25 turnovers.
Senior Tipesa Moorer scored a team-high 17 points and added six rebounds. Sophomore Ella Clark chipped in 12 points and six boards, while redshirt freshman Alex Sanchez scored in double figures for the second straight game with 10 points. Freshman Devin Hudson pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.
LBSU raced out to a 15-0 lead following a 3-pointer by Clark at the 15:59 mark. The 49ers proceeded to go up, 19-4, before Santa Clara made its first field goal with a three from Alyssa Shoji with 12:36 to play. The Broncos then started to chip away and cut the deficit to 25-24 after a 9-2 run.
Long Beach State pulled back ahead by seven thanks to a 6-0 spurt that was capped by a Moorer layup at the 3:32 mark. The 49ers were able to hold on to the lead for the remainder of the half as they went up 34-28 at the break.
LBSU shot 48.3 percent from the field in the first period, while holding the Broncos to 29.4 percent.
Santa Clara (4-1) got off to a quick start in the second half, tying it up at 36-36 after just over two minutes of action. Clark then drained a 3-pointer and Mary Ochiltree had a layup to put LBSU up by four, but the Broncos wouldn't back down as they used a 7-2 run to take their first lead of the game at 48-47 with 13:18 remaining.
SCU eventually pulled out front by four (53-49), but Long Beach State came back to tie it up at 55-55 after a 3-pointer from Lauren Spargo at the 8:01 mark. The Broncos then outscored the 49ers, 14-2, over the next five and a half minutes to go up, 69-57, with 2:36 on the clock. Santa Clara was able to hold on the rest of the way as it prevailed, 73-63.
Shoji paced the Broncos with 23 points, while Ruta Zurauskyte finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Long Beach State is back on the road this weekend when it heads to New York for a pair of non-conference games. The 49ers are set to face Columbia on Friday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. (PST) before squaring off against Iona at 1 p.m. (PST) on Saturday (Nov. 26).