49ers Set to Begin Big West Play Against Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara
LBSU enters conference play on a season-long three-game winning streak
Jan. 1, 2013
The Long Beach State women's basketball team is looking to extend its season-long four-game winning streak when it continues Big West play against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Jan. 5. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid.
Fans can follow the 49ers all season long with every women's basketball game being broadcast live via Stretch Internet Radio on longbeachstate.com. Tyler Hendrickson is LBSU's play-by-play announcer.
SCOUTING THE GAUCHOS
UC Santa Barbara (5-8, 1-0 Big West) snapped a three-game skid on Thursday, Jan. 3, when it topped UC Irvine, 51-46, in its conference opener. Sweets Underwood, who earned back-to-back Big West Player of the Week honors in December, has paced the Gauchos with 11.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest. UCSB, the reigning Big West Tournament champion, was picked to finish third in the league's preseason poll.
Long Beach State trails in its all-time series with UC Santa Barbara, 46-42. The Gauchos have won two in a row, including a 63-54 victory in the 2012 Big West Tournament championship game on March 10. The 49ers own a 24-19 home record against UCSB.
WITH A WIN...
A 49er victory over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday will mean:
- LBSU extends its current win streak to a season-long five games. It will mark the first time that the 49ers have won five in a row since the 2005-06 campaign.
- LBSU improves to 8-2 at home.
- LBSU will have opened its Big West slate at 2-0 for the second-straight year.
LAST TIME OUT
Long Beach State continued to dominate at home as it opened Big West Conference play with a 62-52 victory over Cal Poly Thursday (Jan. 3) evening at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU shot 41.8 percent from the floor, while holding Cal Poly to 28.2 percent, and owned a narrow 45-43 edge on the boards.
Alex Sanchez led the way with a game-high 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists. Ella Clark also had 12 points, while Mary Ochiltree and sophomore Bianka Balthazar each had 10. Devin Hudson matched her season best with 12 rebounds and finished with nine points.
With its win over Cal Poly on Thursday, LBSU improved to 17-11 in Big West openers dating back to 1985-86. The 49ers, who started their conference slate at home for the fourth-straight year, are also now 11-5 when playing their first league game in Long Beach.
Long Beach State will continue its Big West slate on the road next week when it heads to Cal State Northridge (Jan. 9) and Hawaii (Jan. 13).
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