Dec. 19, 2011
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's basketball team dropped a 73-64 double overtime decision to Wichita State in the Beach Classic Presented by Residence Inn/Courtyard Marriott championship game Monday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU suffered its first home loss of the year as it dropped to 5-8 overall.
The 49ers made 35.9 percent of their shots and were paced by senior Tipesa Moorer, who finished with 14 points. Junior Mary Ochiltree registered her third consecutive double-figure scoring game with 13 points, while freshmen Alex Sanchez and Chantel Dooley chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Ochiltree and Dooley also had a team-high six boards each, but Long Beach State was outrebounded, 49-39.
Wichita State (6-5) put a quick four points on the board in the first minute of action, but LBSU proceeded to go on a 10-0 run, capped by a Lauren Spargo 3-pointer, to take a 10-4 lead at the 14:19 mark. The Shockers then started to chip away and regained the advantage at 14-12 with 10:51 to play. They continued to use a 14-3 spurt to pull ahead, 28-15.
The 49ers eventually cut the deficit to nine points after a layup by Dooley and a pair of free throws from Sigrid Skorpen, but Haleigh Lankster hit a jumper at the buzzer to put Wichita State back on top by double digits (30-19) at the break.
The Shockers shot 35.7 percent from the field and held Long Beach State to 24.0 percent in the first half. Ochiltree led the 49ers with five points, while Dooley had four points and four rebounds.
LBSU came out strong in the second period, scoring 12 unanswered points to own a 31-30 edge. Wichita State then netted its first field goal of the half at the 13:18 mark to go up, 32-31. It went back-and-forth over the next five minutes with five more lead changes until the 49ers pulled ahead, 42-39, after a Moorer jumper with 5:25 on the clock.
Long Beach State stayed out front until Alicia Sanchez's jumper put the Shockers on top, 50-48, with 2:44 to play. That lead was short-lived, however, as Ochiltree's 3-pointer gave LBSU the 51-50 advantage. Once again, the two teams entered a seesaw battle before WSU went up, 55-53, with 31 seconds left. Ochiltree then nailed a jumper in the paint to even the score with 3.7 seconds on the clock, sending the game into overtime.
The next five minutes were tightly played as Long Beach State held the largest lead of the extra period at 61-58 after a layup by Dooley at the 2:21 mark. The 49ers had a chance to secure the win when Ochiltree grabbed an offensive board with 11 seconds on the clock. Hallie Meneses was then fouled, but she missed the front end of a one-and-one. Lankster then drove down the court and drew a foul, making one-of-two free throw attempts to tie it up at 61-61.
The Shockers pulled away in the second overtime as they made two 3-pointers to take a 69-63 lead. They then sank four free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 73-64 victory.
Lankster led Wichita State with a game-high 24 points, while Jazimen Gordon had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Long Beach State returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 29, when it opens Big West Conference play against UC Riverside. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid.
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