Feb. 1, 2013
The Long Beach State women's basketball team continues its Northern California trip this weekend as it heads to Stockton for a 5 p.m. Big West showdown against conference-leading Pacific at Alex G. Spanos Center on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Long Beach State will not be providing radio on Saturday. Fans can listen to the action through pacifictigers.com. Live video is also available via bigwest.tv.
The game at Pacific on Saturday is the Tigers' Pink Night. Long Beach State will host its own Breast Cancer Awareness Night next Saturday (Feb. 9).
A GLANCE AT PACIFIC
Pacific (17-3, 7-1 Big West) enters the week on a five-game win streak and sits alone at the top of the conference standings. The Tigers, who have won nine of their last 10 contests, downed UC Irvine, 68-47, on Thursday, Jan. 31. In its last three outings, UOP has beaten its opponents by an average of 20.7 points. Kendall Kenyon is averaging a double-double with 12.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, while Kendall Rodriguez leads four Tigers in double figures with 13.2 points per contest.
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.
WITH A WIN...
A 49er victory over Pacific on Saturday will mean:
- LBSU picks up its first road win since Nov. 23, 2012, snapping a five-game skid in the process.
- LBSU earns its first victory in Stockton since 2010 when it prevailed in double overtime.
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 37-for-179 (20.7 percent) in its nine losses.
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The 49ers ranked second in the Big West in 3-point field goals attempted (371), fourth in 3-point field goals made (112), and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (30.2) prior to Thursday's games.
FOR THE RECORD
Senior Mary Ochiltree currently ranks sixth in program history in career 3-point field goal percentage (36.9). Sophomore Ella Clark is also just one block away from breaking into Long Beach State's all-time top-10 as she has amassed 105 career blocks.
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 14 of the last 16 outings, corralling at least 10 rebounds eight times during that span. She has also scored in double figures in five of the last six games. Hudson is averaging 11.0 points and 10.6 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 and 3.8 assists 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 11 games. She has led LBSU in the points column nine times and has finished tops on the squad in assists on 15 occasions.
SPARGO FOR THREE
Sophomore Lauren Spargo is tops on the team with 28 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 two of the last three 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 67 shots from long distance in her one-plus year career at LBSU, which puts her 16 away from breaking into the 49er all-time records.
BALTHAZAR TAKES CHARGE
Sophomore Bianka Balthazar has reached double figures in scoring in eight games. She 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 9.5 points per contest.
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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