Dec. 4, 2011
SEATTLE, Wash. - Freshman Alex Sanchez scored a career-high 20 points but it wasn't enough as the Long Beach State women's basketball team fell to Pac-12 foe Washington, 80-46, Sunday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Huskies shot an impressive 54.2 percent from the field, while holding the 49ers to just under 30 percent. UW also won the battle on the boards, 41-30.
Sanchez had a game-high 20 points on a 7-for-10 performance from the floor. She also pulled down a team-best five rebounds. Senior Tipesa Moorer added eight points, while freshman Lauren Spargo had six points.
Long Beach State (2-6) dented the scoreboard first as Moorer sank a pair of free throws 20 seconds into the game, but Washington quickly responded with seven unanswered points. Sanchez closed the gap to 10-7 after completing a three-point play and following with a layup on the 49ers' ensuing possession. The Huskies answered once again, however, using an 11-0 run to go up, 21-7 with 9:26 to play.
Sanchez eventually ended a seven-minute scoring drought for LBSU with a jumper which sparked an 8-2 spurt that cut the deficit to eight (23-15). After UW pulled back ahead by 11, Spargo and Sanchez drained back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 28-21 with 3:57 remaining, but the Huskies went on to outscore Long Beach State, 11-2, down the stretch to hold a 39-23 advantage at the break.
Washington (5-2) shot 51.7 percent from the field in the first half, while LBSU was at 25.0 percent. Sanchez paced the 49ers with 12 points.
The 49ers came out of the gates strong as they started the second period on an 11-7 run to trail by 12 (46-34) at the 15:39 mark. LBSU was unable to keep the momentum, however, as it was held scoreless over the next five minutes. UW took advantage of the drought as it opened up a 20-point lead with 9:49 to play.
The Huskies would go up by as many as 35 points en route to the 80-46 win. Jazmine Davis led Washington with 18 points, while Regina Rogers chipped in 12 points and six rebounds.
After playing the last seven games on the road, Long Beach State returns to the friendly confines of the Walter Pyramid on Thursday, Dec. 8, when it entertains Nevada at 7 p.m.
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