The 49ers travel to UC Davis and Pacific for a pair of key Big West games this week.
Jan. 29, 2013
Pacific (16-3, 6-1 Big West)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 2
Time: 5 p.m. (PST)
Location: Alex G. Spanos Center
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The Long Beach State women's basketball team heads to Northern California this week as it is set to take on UC Davis and Pacific in a pair of key Big West road games. The 49ers will face the Aggies at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, before making their way to Stockton for a 5 p.m. showdown against the Tigers on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Long Beach State will not be providing radio for the road games this week. Fans can listen to the action through the host schools' websites (ucdavisaggies.com and pacifictigers.com). Live video is also available via bigwest.tv.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
UC Davis (8-10, 3-4 Big West) is coming off a pair of convincing road wins as it defeated Cal State Fullerton, 88-44, and UC Riverside, 61-49, last weekend. The 44-point margin against the Titans was the largest in the school's Division I-era history. Sydnee Fipps leads the Aggies on the season with 17.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while Cortney French is also averaging 11.8 points per outing.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with UC Davis, 11-9. The 49ers split the regular-season series last year, falling to UCD, 78-62, on the road before avenging that loss with a 67-55 victory at the Walter Pyramid.
WITH A WIN...
A 49er victory over UC Davis on Thursday will mean:
- LBSU picks up its first road win since Nov. 23, 2012, snapping a four-game skid in the process.
- LBSU improves to 12-8 overall, marking the first time since 2005-06 that the 49ers will be over .500 after 20 games.
A GLANCE AT PACIFIC
Pacific (16-3, 6-1 Big West), which was receiving votes in the latest USA Today Coaches' Poll, enters the week on a four-game win streak and sits alone at the top of the conference standings. The Tigers downed UC Riverside, 85-56, and Cal State Fullerton, 67-55, on the road last week. Kendall Kenyon is averaging a double-double with 12.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per outing, while Kendall Rodriguez is tops on the team with 13.2 points per game.
LBSU leads in its all-time series with Pacific, 37-22, but the Tigers were the only team to beat the 49ers twice in Big West play last year. In the most recent meeting, Pacific pulled away late for a 73-68 victory at the Walter Pyramid on Feb. 28, 2012.
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.
Long Beach State broke out of a three-game offensive slump last weekend as it made 48.1 percent of its shots and went 9-for-18 from behind the arc. The 49ers had slowly started to overcome their shooting woes vs. Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 19) when they went 36.4 percent from the floor and 25.0 percent from 3-point range. Prior to those two contests, LBSU had registered a 29.3 field goal percentage and was 14.7 percent from long distance over a three-game skid.
LIVE AND DIE BY THE THREE
LBSU has depended heavily on its performance from behind the arc this season. In their 11 wins, the 49ers shot a combined 38.1 percent (83-218) from long distance. They were over 40 percent in six 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 29-for-153 (19.0 percent) in its eight losses.
Sophomore Devin Hudson has registered a team-best five double-doubles on the season. The Ontario, Calif., native had back-to-back double-doubles with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds vs. UC Riverside (Jan. 17), and a career-best 17 points and 14 boards against Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 19). Hudson, who has eight career double-doubles, has led LBSU on the glass in 13 of the last 15 outings, corralling at least 10 rebounds seven times during that span. She has also scored in double figures in each of the last five games. Hudson is averaging 11.3 points and 10.1 rebounds in Big West contests.
Sophomore Alex Sanchez has continued to produce in every aspect on the court. She leads the team with 10.9 points and 3.7 assists per game, while ranking second with 5.2 rebounds per outing. Sanchez, who notched a season-high 19 points at Utah Valley, has reached double figures in scoring in 11 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 27 3-pointers made. She has more than one trey in eight games, including a career-high four against Washington (13 points) and Canisius (14 points). Spargo also made a trio of threes in each of the last two outings, finishing with 11 points vs. Cal State Fullerton and a season-high 16 points vs. UC Irvine. The Santa Clarita, Calif., native has made 66 shots from long distance in her one-plus year career at LBSU, which puts her 17 away from breaking into the 49er all-time records.
Long Beach State begins the second half of Big West play in the friendly confines of the Walter Pyramid next week as it is set to entertain Hawai'i (Feb. 7) and Cal State Northridge (Feb. 9).
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