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Long Beach State Drops 69-59 Contest to VCU

Dec. 29, 2017

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NEWARK, N.J. – Long Beach State started the game off strong , but was unable to hold off VCU as the Beach dropped a 69-59 decision to the Rams on the final day of the NJIT Christmas Tournament.

Senior Cecily Wilson was named to the All-Tournament team after finishing the tournament with a total of 20 points, 10 rebounds, six steals, three assists, and three blocks. In the game against VCU, Wilson recorded eight points, five boards, two assists, two blocks, and one steal.

The Beach (2-12) had three players reach double-figures as senior Jessica Gertz led the way with 15 points on five three-pointers. Gertz also led the team with four steals. Freshman Shanaijah Davison tallied 13 points, while freshman Emma Merriweather recorded 11 points and six rebounds.

Junior Martina McCowan dished out a career-high six assists, while freshman Ma’Qhi Berry added three helpers of her own.

Long Beach State started off strong as it shot 55.6 percent (5-for-9) from the field in the first quarter. The Beach used a 6-0 run to take a 13-8 advantage over VCU (3-9) and took a 16-10 lead into the second quarter.

The Beach started off the second quarter on a 6-1 run extending its lead to 11 (22-11). VCU attempted to close the gap scoring three straight layups, but Long Beach State did now allow the Rams to come any closer in the frame taking a 35-27 lead into the locker room at halftime.

At the half, Long Beach State was shooting 54.2 percent (13-for-24) from the field, while VCU was shooting 39.3 percent (11-for-28).

The Beach continued its hot-shooting into the third as they started the frame with four threes from Mason VanHouten, McCowan, and a pair of treys from Gertz as they jumped out in front 47-35. However, the Rams would begin to chip away at LBSU’s lead and cut the Beach’s lead down to five (49-44) going into the fourth.

From there, VCU picked up speed and started the fourth quarter on a 13-2 run as the Rams took a 57-51 lead over Long Beach State. The lead was the first of the game for the Rams. VCU shot 47.1 percent (8-for-17) from the field in the frame, while Long Beach State cooled off and shot 33.3 percent (5-for-15).

In the final quarter, VCU outscored Long Beach State 25-10 and did not allow the Beach to connect on a three as LBSU was 0-for-5 from beyond the arc in the final 10 minutes of action. The fourth quarter made all the difference as Long Beach State ended up falling 69-59.

VCU was led by Tera Reed who scored 18 points in the game, while Niya Johnson added 13 points, and the duo of Bria Gibson and Jailyn Maddox added 10 points each.

Next up, Long Beach State opens Big West Conference action on Thursday, Jan. 4 at UC Santa Barbara at 4 p.m.



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