LBSU Returns to Walter Pyramid This Week; Hosts UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton
49ers looking to extend five-game home winning streak
Jan. 15, 2013
Long Beach State (9-7, 2-2 Big West)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 19
Time: 4 p.m. (PST)
Location: Walter Pyramid
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The Long Beach State women's basketball team is looking to keep its home win streak intact this week as it plays host to UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton in Big West action.
The 49ers entertain the Highlanders on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., while the Titans are set to make their way to Long Beach on Saturday, Jan. 19, for a 4 p.m. showdown.
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.
A GLANCE AT UC RIVERSIDE
UC Riverside (7-7, 0-3 BWC) entered conference play with a 7-4 overall record, but has dropped its first three Big West games. The Highlanders fell to Cal State Fullerton, 54-49, last weekend. Tre'Shonti Nottingham leads the team and the league in scoring (19.4 ppg), assists (4.0 apg) and steals (3.1 spg). Brittany Crain is also averaging 14.2 points per contest, while Natasha Hadley is tops on the squad with 6.7 rebounds per outing.
Long Beach State trails in its all-time series with UC Riverside, 15-12. Last year, the 49ers defeated the Highlanders, 70-59, in their Big West opener at the Walter Pyramid, before UCR came back with a 75-71 victory in Riverside. LBSU has won three in a row at home and has not lost to the Highlanders in Long Beach since Feb. 20, 2009.
WITH A WIN...
A 49er victory over UC Riverside on Thursday will mean:
- LBSU posts its third double-figure win campaign in the last four years. The 49ers had not reached the 10-victory plateau in three-straight seasons (2006-09) before Coach Wynn's arrival.
- LBSU extends its home win streak to six games.
SCOUTING THE TITANS
Cal State Fullerton improved to 6-9 overall and 2-1 in Big West play with a 54-49 road win over UC Riverside on Saturday, Jan. 12. Chante Miles is tops on the team with 12.9 points and 3.7 assists per outing, while Kathleen Iwuoha is the Titans' leading rebounder (7.7 rpg). CSF will host UC Irvine on Thursday, Jan. 17, before traveling to Long Beach.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Cal State Fullerton, 63-38. The 49ers snapped a six-game losing streak to the Titans in their second meeting last year as LBSU prevailed 62-61 at the Walter Pyramid on March 1, 2012.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
Long Beach State ranks among the top half of the Big West in blocked shots (2nd), 3-point field goal percentage defense (3rd), assists (4th), offensive rebounds (4th), 3-point field goals made (4th), scoring defense (4th) and scoring margin (5th).
Individually, Alex Sanchez ranks second in assists (3.9 apg), while Ella Clark is tied for second with 1.6 blocks per contest. Chantel Dooley is also tied for sixth in steals, and Devin Hudson ranks seventh in rebounding and blocked shots.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Dating back to last year, LBSU has posted an 18-5 record when playing at the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers are 8-2 this season, and have won their last five home games, marking the second-longest active home winning streak in the Big West. Pacific has the longest with seven-straight home 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 25-for-124 (20.2 percent) in its seven losses.
FOR THE RECORD
Senior Mary Ochiltree currently ranks third in program history in career 3-point field goal percentage (37.6). 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.
Sophomore Devin Hudson has registered a team-best three double-doubles on the season as she accomplished the feat vs. Arizona (10 pts, 12 rebs), vs. Columbia (14 pts, 11 rebs) and at Cal State Northridge (11 pts, 12 rebs). She also scored a career-high 16 points to go along with nine boards at Hawai'i. Hudson, who has six career double-doubles, has led LBSU on the glass in 10 of the last 12 games, corralling at least 10 rebounds five times during that span. She is averaging 10.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest in Big West action.
BALTHAZAR TAKES CHARGE
Sophomore Bianka Balthazar has reached double figures in scoring in seven of the last nine 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, and later matched that point total at Hawai'i. On the season, she ranks second on the team with 10.2 points per contest.
Sophomore Alex Sanchez has continued to produce in every aspect on the court. She leads the team with 11.4 points and 3.9 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 six. She has led LBSU in the points column nine times and has finished tops on the squad in assists on 12 occasions.
Long Beach State will host UC Irvine on Saturday, Jan. 26, in its lone game next week. The 49ers and Anteaters are set to tip-off at 1 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid.
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