Jan. 24, 2013
In its lone game this week, the Long Beach State women's basketball team will entertain UC Irvine in a 1 p.m. Big West showdown Saturday (Jan. 26) 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.
BLACK & BLUE
This will mark the first of two women's basketball meetings in the eighth annual Black & Blue Rivalry Series between Long Beach State and UC Irvine. The 49ers currently lead the series, 9-5.
SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS
UC Irvine (4-14, 0-6 Big West) remained winless in conference play as it dropped its sixth-straight with a 68-67 loss to UC Riverside on Saturday, Jan. 19. Camille Buckley has paced the Anteaters with a team-best 10.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per outing.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with UC Irvine, 49-11. The two teams have been evenly matched recently as they have split the regular-season series in each of the last five years. In 2011-12, the 49ers defeated the Anteaters, 63-51, at the Walter Pyramid before dropping an 86-61 decision in Irvine. LBSU is 23-5 when playing UCI in Long Beach.
WITH A WIN...
A 49er victory over UC Irvine on Saturday will mean:
- LBSU improves to 10-3 at home and will have won 20 of its last 26 games at the Walter Pyramid.
- LBSU improves to 4-3 in the Big West, marking the third time in Coach Wynn's four years that the 49ers have had a winning conference record after the first seven games.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Dating back to last year, LBSU has won 19 of its last 25 games at the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers are 9-3 this season, with all three of their home losses being decided in the final seconds.
10 AND COUNTING
The 49ers have secured their third double-figure win campaign in the last four years. LBSU had not reached the 10-win plateau in three-straight seasons before Coach Wynn's arrival in 2009-10.
Long Beach State has shown its depth with nine of its 10 active players reaching double digits in the points column at least once this season. Seven 49ers have also had multiple double-figure scoring games.
Sophomore Devin Hudson has registered a team-best five double-doubles on the season, with three of those coming in the last four games. Last week, she had back-to-back double-doubles as she finished with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds vs. UC Riverside (Jan. 17), before totaling a career-best 17 points and 14 boards against Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 19). The Ontario, Calif., native also notched 11 points and 12 rebounds at Cal State Northridge on Jan. 9. Hudson, who has eight career double-doubles, has led LBSU on the glass in 12 of the last 14 outings, corralling at least 10 rebounds seven times during that span. She is averaging 11.2 points and 10.8 rebounds in Big West contests.
Sophomore Alex Sanchez has continued to produce in every aspect on the court. She leads the team with 10.8 points, 3.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game, while ranking second with 5.1 rebounds per outing. Sanchez, who notched a season-high 19 points at Utah Valley, has reached double figures in scoring in 10 games. She has led LBSU in the points column nine times and has finished tops on the squad in assists on 14 occasions.
SPARGO FOR THREE
Sophomore Lauren Spargo is tops on the team with 24 3-pointers made. She has had more than one trey in seven games, including a career-high four against Washington (13 points) and Canisius (14 points). Her 14 points vs. the Golden Griffins is a season best. Spargo broke out of a three-game shooting slump, which saw her go 2-of-15 from behind the arc, with a trio of 3-pointers against Cal State Fullerton. Spargo hit both the game-tying and go-ahead threes vs. the Titans. Spargo has made 63 shots from long distance in her one-plus year career at LBSU, which puts her 20 away from breaking into the 49er all-time records.
Long Beach State is back on the road next weekend, traveling to Northern California for a pair of Big West games at UC Davis (Jan. 31) and conference-leading Pacific (Feb. 2).
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