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49er women's basketball drops 67-49 decision at San Diego

Sophomore Bianka Balthazar scored a team-best 12 points in a loss at San Diego on Saturday afternoon.

Dec. 15, 2012

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Long Beach State women's basketball team struggled on the offensive end as it suffered a 67-49 defeat to the University of San Diego Saturday afternoon at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

LBSU held a narrow 35-to-34 edge in rebounding, but shot 37.3 percent from the field and 17.6 percent from 3-point range, while also committing 24 turnovers.

Sophomore Bianka Balthazar was the lone 49er in double figures with 12 points. Classmate Lauren Spargo added seven points, while sophomore Devin Hudson grabbed a team-best five rebounds.

Long Beach State (4-5) took an early 5-2 lead on a Chantel Dooley layup before San Diego scored seven unanswered points to go on top, 9-5, at the 16:31 mark. The 49ers then responded with a 6-2 spurt, capped by a basket from Ella Clark, to knot it up at 11-11 with 12:55 remaining.

After the Toreros pulled back ahead by four, Spargo drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to bring LBSU within one at 17-16. The two teams then traded points before Balthazar hit a three to even the score at 21-21 with 6:44 to play, but Long Beach State was held without a field goal the rest of the way as USD finished the half on a 9-1 run to take a 30-22 advantage into the break.

San Diego (7-3) picked up right where it left off after intermission, outscoring the 49ers, 14-4, over the first five-plus minutes to open up a 44-26 lead. LBSU then looked like it was ready to start another comeback after a free throw from Hudson and a jumper by Spargo made it 44-29 at the 13:31 mark, but the Toreros then used a 14-6 spurt to widen the gap to 60-33 with just under 10 minutes remaining.

USD would go up by as many as 28 before Long Beach State closed out the game on a 10-0 run for the final 67-49 margin. The 49ers held San Diego without a field goal over the last four minutes.

Three Toreros finished with 13 points, including Klara Wischer, Alysse Barlow and Maya Hood. Wischer also had a game-high nine rebounds. USD registered a 44.3 field goal percentage and made 66.7 percent of its 3-point attempts.

The 49ers' struggles continued against the West Coast Conference as they remained winless against WCC foes in their last 12 tries.

Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid next week when it hosts the third annual Beach Classic, Dec. 20-21. The 49ers open the tournament with a 5 p.m. game against Canisius College on Friday (Dec. 20).



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