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Long Beach State Looks to Rebound From First Big West Loss With Sunday Contest at Hawaii

The 49ers will square off against Hawaii at 7 p.m. PT (5 p.m. HT) Sunday at Stan Sheriff Center.

Jan. 11, 2013

Long Beach State (9-6, 2-1 Big West) at
Hawaii (6-8, 2-1 Big West)
Sunday, Jan. 13
Time: 7 p.m. PST (5 p.m. HT)
Location: Stan Sheriff Center
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The Long Beach State women's basketball team will be looking to get back in the win column on Sunday, Jan. 13, when it heads to Honolulu, Hawaii, for a 7 p.m. (PST) showdown against the Rainbow Wahine.

Fans can follow the 49ers all season long with every women's basketball game being broadcast live via Stretch Internet Radio on Tyler Hendrickson is LBSU's play-by-play announcer.

Sunday's game at UH will be televised live in Hawaii on Oceanic Time Warner Cable's OC Sports channel. The game will also be streamed online at

The University of Hawaii improved to 6-8 overall and 2-1 in Big West play with a 56-46 victory over UC Irvine on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Honolulu. Kamilah Martin leads UH with 15.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Hawaii, 15-8. The two teams will renew their rivalry as they are set to meet for the first time in 12 years, with the last outing occurring on Feb. 18, 1996, when the 49ers topped the Rainbow Wahine, 82-67, in Long Beach. It was LBSU's final Big West game against UH before Hawaii left to join the Western Athletic Conference.

A 49er victory over Hawaii on Sunday will mean:
- LBSU posts its third double-figure win campaign in the last four years. The 49ers hadn't reached the 10-victory plateau in three-straight seasons (2006-09) before Coach Wynn's arrival.
- LBSU picks up its first road win since Nov. 23, snapping a three-game skid in the process.
- LBSU improves to 3-1 in Big West play, marking its best conference start since 2009-10.

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).

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 24-for-100 in its six losses.

Long Beach State entered 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 were also third in the conference with a 33.1 3-point field goal percentage.

Eight of LBSU's 10 active players reached double figures during their season-long five-game win streak from Dec. 20-Jan. 5. The 49ers have also had multiple players in double digits in five of their last six contests.

Senior Mary Ochiltree enters the week ranked second in program history in career 3-point field goal percentage (38.6). Sophomore Ella Clark is also just eight blocks away from breaking into Long Beach State's all-time top-10 as she has amassed 98 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 11.7 points and 4.0 assists per game, while ranking second with 5.4 rebounds per outing. Sanchez, who notched a season-high 19 points at Utah Valley, has reached double figures in scoring in 10 games, including four of the last five. She has led LBSU in the points column nine times and has finished tops on the team in assists on 11 occasions.

Sophomore Devin Hudson has registered a team-best three double-doubles on the season as she accomplished the feat vs. Arizona, vs. Columbia and at Cal State Northridge. 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. She also notched 11 points and 12 rebounds in a Big West game at CSUN. Hudson, who has six career double-doubles, has led LBSU on the boards in nine of the last 11 games, corralling at least 10 rebounds five times during that span.

Long Beach State returns to the friendly confines of the Walter Pyramid next week when it entertains UC Riverside (Jan. 17) and Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 19) in a pair of Big West games.



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