Jan. 7, 2013
The Long Beach State women's basketball team brings a season-long five-game winning streak into its first Big West road game at preseason favorite Cal State Northridge on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at The Matadome.
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 MATADORS
Cal State Northridge improved to 8-5 overall and started its conference slate with a 2-0 record after defeating UC Riverside, 65-49, and Cal State Fullerton, 56-55, on the road last weekend. Ashlee Guay leads the Matadors with 13.8 points and 3.9 assists per game, while Marta Masoni (13.0 ppg) has made a Big West-leading 38 3-pointers. Camille Mahlknecht is also tops on the team with 8.6 rebounds per outing.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Cal State Northridge, 35-12, and has claimed eight of the last 10 meetings. The 49ers are currently on a two-game winning streak in the series as they erased a 19-point deficit in the second half to defeat the Matadors, 57-52, in Northridge in the first round of the 2012 Big West Tournament. LBSU also emerged with a 75-72 double-overtime road win in the second regular-season contest last year.
WITH A WIN...
A 49er victory over Cal State Northridge on Wednesday will mean:
- LBSU extends its current win streak to a season-long six games.
- LBSU will be off to its best start in the Big West since the 2005-06 season when the 49ers won their first seven games and went on to claim a share of the conference title.
- LBSU will have won its third-straight against CSUN and improve to 36-12 in the series.
SANCHEZ NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore guard Alex Sanchez earned her first career Big West Player of the Week honor on Jan. 7. The Anaheim, Calif., native was recognized after leading the 49ers to a 2-0 start in conference play. Sanchez averaged 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals in a pair of wins over Cal Poly (Jan. 3) and UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 5).
NEW YEAR, SAME STREAK
Long Beach State, which ended the 2012 calendar year with three consecutive victories, has continued its streak in the new year with a 2-0 record in the month of January. The 49ers are in the midst of their longest win streak since the 2005-06 season when they opened conference play with seven-straight victories.
LIVE AND DIE BY THE THREE
Long Beach State has depended heavily on its performance from behind the arc this season. In their nine wins, the 49ers shot a combined 38.0 percent (70-184) from long distance. LBSU was over 40 percent in five of those games and made at least 10 3-pointers on three occasions, including a season-high 12 vs. Canisius. On the flip side, Long Beach State is just 19-for-85 (22.4 percent) in its five losses.
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Long Beach State enters the week ranked second in the Big West in both 3-point field goals made (89) and 3-point field goals attempted (269). The 49ers are also third in the conference with a 33.1 3-point field goal percentage.
Eight of LBSU's 10 active players have reached double figures during their five-game win streak. The 49ers have also had multiple players in double digits in four of their last five contests.
FOR THE RECORD
Senior Mary Ochiltree enters the week ranked second in program history in career 3-point field goal percentage (39.5). Sophomore Ella Clark is also just 10 blocks away from breaking into Long Beach State's all-time top-10 as she has amassed 96 career blocks in her time at LBSU.
Alex Sanchez has continued to produce in every aspect on the court. On the season, she leads the team with 11.6 points and 4.1 assists per game, while ranking second with 5.5 rebounds per outing. Sanchez, who notched a season-high 19 points at Utah Valley, has reached double figures in scoring in nine games, including three of the last four. She has led LBSU in the points column eight times and has finished tops on the team in assists on 10 occasions.
BALTHAZAR TAKES CHARGE
Sophomore Bianka Balthazar has reached double figures in scoring in five of the last seven games she has played. Balthazar poured in a career-high 17 points on a 6-for-9 shooting performance in a 79-50 win over Columbia. The Los Angeles native also had 15 points vs. Santa Clara, 14 at Loyola Marymount, 12 at San Diego and vs. Santa Clara, and 10 vs. Cal Poly. On the season, Balthazar is second on the team with 9.5 points per contest.
Sophomore Devin Hudson has posted the 49ers' only two double-doubles of the season as she accomplished the feat vs. Arizona and Columbia. Against the Wildcats, Hudson finished with 10 points and a season-best 12 rebounds, while she totaled a season-high 14 points and 11 boards in a 29-point win over Columbia. Hudson also reached double figures in scoring vs. Washington (12) and at Utah Valley (11), and hit double digits in rebounding against Cal Poly (12) and Canisius (10). Hudson, who has five career double-doubles, has led LBSU on the boards in eight of the last 10 games.
Ella Clark, who was granted a medical redshirt last season, is working her way back in to top shape. After averaging 6.7 points over the first nine contests, Clark has sparked the 49ers over their five-game win streak, registering 11.0 points per outing during that span. The London, England, native was named the MVP of the Beach Classic (Dec. 20-21) after draining a season-high 16 points in an overtime win against Canisius and totaling 14 points, five rebounds and a career-best six assists against Sam Houston State in the championship game. On the season, Clark is tops on the team with 23 blocks, and ranks third with 8.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Long Beach State heads to the Aloha State this weekend as it is set to take on Hawaii in a 7 p.m. (PST) Big West tilt on Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Stan Sheriff Center.
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