Feb. 8, 2013
Cal State Northridge (12-10, 6-4 Big West) at
Long Beach State (11-11, 4-6 Big West)
*Breast Cancer Awareness Game
Date: Saturday, Feb. 9
Time: 4 p.m. (PST)
Location: Walter Pyramid
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The Long Beach State women's basketball team is looking to snap a three-game skid on Saturday, Feb. 9, when it welcomes Cal State Northridge to the Walter Pyramid for its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game. The Big West contest is set for a 4 p.m. tip-off.
LBSU women's basketball will host its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game on Saturday, Feb. 9. A percentage of ticket sales will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, the official Breast Cancer Awareness group of NCAA Women's Basketball. The 49ers will also be holding a silent auction with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
REMEMBERING MONICA QUAN
Long Beach State's thoughts and condolences are with the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team and the family and friends of Monica Quan, the Titans' assistant coach who tragically lost her life last weekend. Monica was in her second year on head coach Marcia Foster's staff at CSF and was a former 49er student-athlete as a member of the women's basketball team from 2002-05. She went on to conclude her playing career at Concordia (Irvine) where she graduated in 2007.
SCOUTING THE MATADORS
After starting conference play at 4-0, Cal State Northridge (12-10, 6-4 Big West) has struggled of late, dropping five of its last seven contests. The Matadors snapped a two-game skid on Thursday, defeating UC Irvine on the road, 68-52. Ashlee Guay is tops on the team with 13.4 points, 4.1 assists and 3.0 steals per outing, while Marta Masoni, who is averaging 12.5 ppg, has made a conference-leading 63 3-pointers.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Cal State Northridge, 35-13, and has claimed seven of the last 10 meetings. CSUN snapped a two-game losing streak in the series with a 73-52 victory at The Matadome on Jan. 9.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Dating back to last year, LBSU has won 20 of its last 27 games at the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers are 10-4 this season, with three of their home losses being decided in the final seconds.
FOR THE RECORD
Senior Mary Ochiltree is currently tied for fifth in program history in career 3-point field goal percentage (37.1). Sophomore Ella Clark also ranks 10th among the 49er all-time leaders with 108 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 has led LBSU on the glass 14 times, corralling at least 10 rebounds on eight occasions. She has also scored in double figures in five of the last eight games. Hudson is averaging 10.2 points and 9.4 rebounds in Big West contests.
Sophomore Alex Sanchez has continued to produce in every aspect on the court. She leads the team with 10.2 points and 3.9 assists per game, while ranking second with 4.9 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 17 occasions.
Ella Clark, who was granted a medical redshirt last season, is working her way back in to top shape. After averaging 6.7 points over the first nine contests, Clark sparked the 49ers over a season-long five-game win streak (Dec. 20-Jan. 5), registering 11.0 points per outing during that stretch. The London, England, native was named the MVP of the Beach Classic after draining 16 points against Canisius, and totaling 14 points and a career-best six assists vs. Sam Houston State. She also recently had a career-best 11 rebounds at Pacific (Feb. 2) and scored a season-high 17 points vs. Hawai'i (Feb. 7). On the season, Clark is tops on the team with 35 blocks, while ranking third in rebounding (4.6 rpg) and fourth in scoring (7.5 ppg).
Long Beach State is back on the road next week as it makes the short trip to Cal State Fullerton for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Titans on Thursday, Feb. 14. The 49ers also head to UC Riverside on Saturday, Feb. 16 (5 p.m.).