Nov. 30, 2013
LONG BEACH - Junior Lauren Spargo scored a career-high 19 points to lift Long Beach State to a 74-61 victory over Pepperdine Saturday afternoon at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU, which has won its last three games, improved to 3-2 on the season, while the Waves dropped to 2-5 overall.
"I thought we played a pretty clean first half," 49er head coach Jody Wynn said. "Our defense generated some offensive points for us and we moved the ball really well. Everybody seemed to play more relaxed offensively."
For the second time in as many outings, Long Beach State had four players reach double figures in scoring. Spargo led the way with a career-best 19 points and eight rebounds. She was 7-for-14 from the floor and connected on three 3-pointers, increasing her career total to 91 threes made, which puts her in a tie for ninth on the 49er all-time charts.
Freshman Madison Montgomery notched her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Freshmen Anna Kim and Raven Benton rounded out the quartet with 12 and 11 points, respectively. It was Benton's third consecutive double-digit scoring game.
LBSU shot 39.1 percent from the field and held a slight 46-44 edge in rebounds. The 49ers also committed a season-low 15 turnovers, while forcing the Waves into 24 miscues.
Pepperdine struck first, but Long Beach State came back strong with 15 unanswered points. After the Waves ended a nearly five-minute scoring drought, LBSU used a 13-5 run, capped by a Spargo jumper, to build a 19-point lead at 28-9 with 7:08 to play. Spargo scored eight of her points during that stretch.
The 49ers stayed out front by double digits for the rest of the half and owned a 37-23 advantage at the break.
Pepperdine was able to cut the deficit to 10 early in the second period following a pair of 3-pointers from Ea Shoushtari, but Long Beach State responded with a 14-5 spurt to go back on top by 19 (60-41) with 10:45 remaining.
The visitors then made a late push, outscoring LBSU, 13-1, over the next seven minutes to pull within seven at the 3:59 mark. After a media timeout, Montgomery stopped the Waves' momentum with a layup and Benton followed with a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession to increase the 49ers' lead to 65-54 with just over there minutes to go.
The two teams went back-and-forth down the stretch and Long Beach State came away with the 74-61 victory.
Pepperdine registered a 35.9 field goal percentage, while shooting 44.4 percent from behind the arc. Allie Green scored a game-high 27 points and Shoushtari finished with 14.
Long Beach State is back in the Walter Pyramid tomorrow (Sunday, Dec. 1) when it takes on Omaha at 2 p.m. (PST).
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