Nov. 25, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - The Long Beach State women's basketball team faced a daunting challenge on Sunday, taking on top-ranked Stanford at Maples Pavilion. The 49ers fought hard, but the undefeated Cardinal proved to be every bit deserving of their No. 1 ranking as they came out on top, 77-41.
Stanford improved to 6-0 on the year and extended their home winning streak to a nation-best 81 games. LBSU dropped to 3-3 on the young season.
Sophomore Alex Sanchez led LBSU with 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Bianka Balthazar added eight points, while classmate Devin Hudson finished with seven points and seven boards.
Stanford struck first before Sanchez sank a pair of free throws to tie it up at the 18:19 mark. After the Cardinal went up by six, Sanchez hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to close the gap to 10-7 with 16:30 remaining. That was the closest the 49ers would get, however, as Stanford outscored LBSU, 26-4, over the next seven-plus minutes to open up a 36-11 lead.
Sanchez then stepped up again for Long Beach State, draining five-straight points, before the Cardinal went on another 13-2 run to go on top, 49-18, with 1:33 to play. Jade Wilson scored the final points of the half with a layup at the 1:17 mark as Stanford held a 49-20 advantage at intermission.
The Cardinal went 19-for-35 (54.3) from the field and was 7-of-13 (53.8) from 3-point range, while LBSU was held to a 24.2 field goal percentage in the first period. Sanchez led the 49ers with 10 points.
Two days ago, Long Beach State erased a 19-point halftime deficit to defeat Utah Valley, but Stanford wouldn't budge as it scored back-to-back baskets to open the second half. Hudson got LBSU on the board with a putback off her own miss, but the Cardinal would stay out front by at least 30 the rest of the way. Hudson had another layup with 32 seconds left for the final 77-41 margin.
Stanford shot 50.8 percent from the field and went 10-for-24 from beyond the arc. Joslyn Tinkle compiled a game-high 18 points, while Chiney Ogwumimke had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Amber Orrange chipped in 13 points and nine assists.
This was the first meeting between the two teams in 19 years and it was the first time Long Beach State faced a ranked opponent since a 51-46 upset of USC on Nov. 23, 2005.
Long Beach State returns to the friendly confines of the Walter Pyramid on Sunday, Dec. 2, when it takes on another Pac-12 team in Arizona at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.
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