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49ers travel to Big West leading Cal State Northridge on Saturday

The 49ers will travel to Northridge for a 4 p.m. Big West showdown with the Matadors on Saturday.

Feb. 9, 2012

Long Beach State (9-14, 4-6 Big West) at
Cal State Northridge (14-9, 8-2 Big West)
Saturday, Feb. 11
Time: 4 p.m. (PST)
Location: The Matadome
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LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's basketball team travels to Big West leading Cal State Northridge for its lone game of the week on Saturday, Feb. 11. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at The Matadome.

The 49ers, who have dropped their last three contests, are in search of their first conference road win this weekend.

Fans can follow the 49ers all season long with every women's basketball game being broadcast live via Stretch Internet Radio on David Bagga is LBSU's play-by-play announcer.

Cal State Northridge (14-9, 8-2 Big West) extended its win streak to four games with road victories at UC Riverside and UC Irvine last week. Reigning Big West Player of the Week Jasmine Erving ranks second in the conference in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and third in scoring (15.4 ppg). Janae Sharpe has chipped in 10.6 points per outing, while Ashlee Guay leads the squad with 4.2 assists per contest.

Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Cal State Northridge, 33-12, but dropped the first meeting of the season, 57-50, at the Walter Pyramid. Last year, the 49ers defeated CSUN, 64-50, in Northridge and 74-64 in Long Beach. LBSU is 12-5 when playing on the road and is 4-1 against the Matadors in the Jody Wynn era (since 2010).

LBSU fought back from an 11-point deficit late in the game but came up just short in a tightly contested 57-50 loss in its first meeting with Cal State Northridge at the Walter Pyramid on Saturday, Jan. 7. Lauren Spargo led the 49ers with 15 points and seven rebounds. Jhakia McDonald chipped in a then season-high 12 points, while Alex Sanchez grabbed seven boards and dished out four assists. Jasmine Erving paced the Matadors with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Long Beach State surpassed its win total from last year with its ninth victory of the season vs. Cal Poly (Jan. 21), but the 49ers have been unable to reach the 10-win plateau as they have dropped their last three games. If LBSU gets No. 10 on Saturday, it will be just the second time in the last five years that it has reached double figures in the win column. Long Beach State was 13-17 in Jody Wynn's first season at the helm of the program in 2009-10.

Long Beach State has posted an impressive 8-2 home record this season. LBSU has outscored its opponents 645-550 and is shooting 40 percent when playing at the Walter Pyramid.

In addition, the 49ers are 4-1 in Big West home games as they began their conference slate with wins over UC Riverside and UC Irvine. They also picked up a pair of victories over UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly three weeks ago.

On the flip side, LBSU has struggled on the road with a 1-12 away record. The 49ers have been outscored, 997-755, and are shooting 35.5 percent in those games.

Senior Tipesa Moorer (Harbor City, Calif.) has reached double figures in scoring in 19 of Long Beach State's 23 games, including two 20-plus point performances. Most recently, Moorer finished with 21 points at UC Riverside on Feb. 4. Earlier in the season, she poured in a career-high 24 points at UC Davis (Jan. 14). She has also registered two double-doubles with 18 points and 11 rebounds in an overtime win against Nevada, and 13 points and 11 boards in the opener vs. Utah Valley. On the year, she is tops on the squad and ranks fifth in the Big West with 13.0 points per outing.

Hallie Meneses has been the 49ers' starting point guard in all but two games in her first year at Long Beach State and she hasn't disappointed as she ranks sixth in the Big West with 3.4 assists per contest. The sophomore transfer from the City College of San Francisco dished out a career-best eight helpers at Pacific and also finished with seven assists at Cal State Fullerton, vs. Nevada and at Iona.

Meneses, who is averaging 5.4 points per game, also showed her scoring potential last week, draining a career-high 21 points at UC Riverside on Feb. 4. She went 5-for-9 from the field with three 3-pointers and made all eight of her free throws. Meneses had previously reached double figures with 14 points at Seattle and 12 points vs. UCR (Dec. 29) and at Iona.

Redshirt freshman Alex Sanchez is tops on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg) and steals (37) and also ranks second on the squad with 9.0 points and 3.2 assists per contest. The Anaheim native has reached double figures 11 times with a career-high 20 points at Washington. She came close to matching that total with 18 points (8-for-10) vs. UC Irvine. Sanchez notched her first double-double of her 49er career with 17 points and 10 rebounds at Sacramento State. She also had a career-best eight assists in a win over Western Michigan.

Freshman Lauren Spargo is one of Long Beach State's top threats from downtown as she has made a team-high 25 threes. That mark also ranks her third among all freshmen in 49er history. Spargo drained four 3-pointers en route to a season-best 18 points vs. Western Michigan, and knocked down three treys to finish with a game-high 15 points against Cal State Northridge on Jan. 7. Spargo also reached double figures with 16 points vs. Dartmouth and at Iona. She is averaging 7.0 points per game.

Long Beach State returns to the friendly confines of the Walter Pyramid next week when it plays host to UC Davis (Feb. 16) and Pacific (Feb. 18). The game against the Tigers next Saturday will be the 49ers' annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night and Pack the House Challenge.



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