Long Beach State Women's Basketball Travels to CSUN, Cal Poly This Week
The Beach play at CSUN on Thursday, before traveling to Cal Poly for a Saturday afternoon contest
Long Beach State (2-20, 0-8 Big West) at CSUN (13-10, 6-3 Big West)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 8
Time: 7 p.m.
Arena: The Matadome (2,000)
Location: Northridge, Calif.
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com
Radio Talent: Jay Holloway & Rheina Ale
Live Stream: GoMatadors.com
Long Beach State (2-20, 0-8 Big West) at Cal Poly (13-8, 7-2 Big West)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 10
Time: 2 p.m.
Arena: Mott Athletics Center (3,032)
Location: San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Live Stats: CalPolyMustangs.com
Radio Talent: Jay Holloway & Rheina Ale
Live Stream: CalPolyMustangs.com
Following a four-game homestand, the Long Beach State women's basketball team hits the road this week as the Beach take on CSUN on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Matadome, before playing at Cal Poly on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Mott Athletics Center.
• The Beach are in search of their first Big West Conference victory as the team is 0-8 in league play thus far.
• LBSU is looking to snap an 13-game losing streak which dates back to December 7 when the Beach defeated Grand Canyon, 65-63, in Phoenix, Ariz.
• As a team, Long Beach State has swiped 239 steals thus far to lead the Big West and rank 33rd in the country. This is the fourth-straight year that LBSU has led the league in steals.
• With 19.55 turnovers forced per game, Long Beach State is second in the conference and ranks 38th in the nation. The Beach are third in the Big West with a turnover margin of +1.9.
• Junior guard Martina McCowan is the team's leader in steals with 49 for an average of 2.6 per game. She also leads the Big West and leads a group of three Long Beach State players in the top 10.
• After sinking six three-pointers last week, freshman Naomi Hunt has now tallied 28 made threes on the year which ranks her fourth in the LBSU single-season record book among freshman.
• Freshman guard Ma'Qhi Berry dished out five assists last week bringing her season total to 77 for an average of 3.5 per game. That average ranks her fifth in the conference and tops among freshman.
Scouting the Matadors
CSUN owns a 13-10 overall record and is 6-3 in the Big West. The Matadors have won their last two contests defeating UC Santa Barbara, 48-30, before holding off UC Davis, 75-71, in overtime.
As a team, CSUN is shooting 39.4 percent from the field and averaging 65.7 points per game, while allowing 64.2.
The Matadors are led by junior center Channon Fluker who averages a double-double with 20.6 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game. Fluker also leads CSUN with 63 blocks and has dished out 22 assists and 16 steals.
Meghann Henderson leads the Matadors with 78 assists and 26 steals.
Series vs. CSUN
Long Beach State and CSUN will meet for the 59th time in program history and the Beach own a 40-18 advantage in the all-time series. When playing in Northridge, the Beach have posted a record of 14-9. In their last meeting, Long Beach State earned a 61-60 victory over CSUN in the Big West Conference Semifinals. The Beach have won the last two meetings, however, CSUN was victorious in the two teams' last showdown at the Matadome, winning 63-56 last season.
Scouting the Mustangs
Cal Poly is riding a four-game winning streak and has won six of its last seven contests. The Mustangs are 13-8 on the year and 7-2 in league action.
The Mustangs are shooting 40.6 percent from the field and averaging 73.3 points per game, however, they have also allowed 73.0 points per contest.
Cal Poly is led by the Leaupepe sisters as Dynn Leaupepe is the team's leading scorer with 20.5 points per game and Lynn Leaupepe is the team's second leading scorer with 11.2 points per game. Lynn is the Mustangs' leading rebounder with 5.9 boards per game, while Dynn is second with 5.4 rebounds per game.
Dynn also leads the team with 51 steals and 11 blocks, while Dye Stahley is the team's leader in assists with 67 helpers on the year.
Series vs. Cal Poly
Long Beach State and Cal Poly will meet for the 67th time in program history and for the second time this season. In their first meeting this year, Cal Poly earned a 75-64 win over Long Beach State, however, the Beach own the advantage in the all-time series leading 45-21. Cal Poly has won the last two meetings as Long Beach State last defeated the Mustangs in January 2017 by a score of 83-80.
Long Beach State will travel to UC Davis on Thursday, Feb. 15 for a 7 p.m. contest.
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