Women's Hoops Heads To UC Davis, Hosts Cal State Fullerton
LBSU plays at UC Davis Thursday before welcoming Cal State Fullerton to the Pyramid Saturday
Long Beach State (3-21, 1-9 Big West) at UC Davis (20-4, 10-1 Big West)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 15
Time: 6 p.m.
Arena: The Pavilion (5,931)
Location: Davis, Calif.
Live Stats: StatBroadcast.com
Radio Talent: Jay Holloway
Live Stream: UCDavisAggies.com
Long Beach State (3-21, 1-9 Big West) vs. Cal State Fullerton (7-16, 2-8 Big West)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 17
Time: 4 p.m.
Arena: Walter Pyramid (4.200)
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Live Stats: BeachLiveStats.com
Radio Talent: Jay Holloway
Live Stream: LongBeachState.com
The Long Beach State women's basketball team will travel to UC Davis for a Thursday evening contest before returning home to host Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. The game against the Aggies will be held on February 15 at 6 p.m., while the game versus the Titans will take place on February 17 at 4 p.m. The contest against Cal State Fullerton will be a doubleheader with the 7:30 p.m. men's volleyball game that night. Fans who attend the women's basketball game may use their ticket stubs for entry into the men's volleyball match.
The Beach earned their first win in Big West Conference action last week after defeating CSUN, 59-51. With the win, Long Beach State snapped a 13-game losing streak.
As a team, Long Beach State has swiped 264 steals thus far to lead the Big West and rank 29th in the country. This is the fourth-straight year that LBSU has led the league in steals.
With 19.29 turnovers forced per game, Long Beach State is third in the conference and ranks 43rd in the nation. The Beach are third in the Big West with a turnover margin of +2.0.
The duo of Cecily Wilson and Martina McCowan have combined for 104 steals on the year with Wilson leading the Beach with 53 and McCowan a close second with 51. McCowan's average of 2.43 steals per set is good for second in the league, while Wilson's average of 2.21 ranks her third.
After sinking six three-pointers at Cal Poly, freshman Naomi Hunt has now tallied 35 made threes on the year which ranks her third in the LBSU single-season record book among freshman. Shanaijah Davison is close behind with 28 made threes to rank fifth.
Freshman center Emma Merriweather moved into the single-season record book as her 38 blocks rank her fifth in program history among freshmen.
Scouting the Aggies
UC Davis brings a 20-4 overall record, and a 10-1 Big West Conference mark, into the game against Long Beach State. The Aggies, which are first in Big West standings, are 11-1 when playing at home this season and have won 10 of their last 11 contests.
As a team, UC Davis is averaging 73.9 points per game, while shooting 47.1 percent. The Aggies have held their opponents to 63.0 points per game this season.
The Aggies have three players who average double figures led by Morgan Bertsch's 19.9 points per game. Rachel Nagel (11.9 points per game) and Pele Gianotti (11.0 points per game) round out that trio. Gianotti is also the Aggies' leading rebounder with 5.7 boards per game. Bertsch leads the team with 39 blocks, while Nagel is the team leader in steals with 34.
Kourtney Eaton is the team's assists leader as she has dished out 109 helpers on the year.
Series vs. UC Davis
Long Beach State and UC Davis will meet for the 33rd time in program history and for the second time this season. The Beach lead the all-time series 18-14, but the Aggies earned the win in their first meeting this season by a score of 83-71.
Scouting the Titans
Cal State Fullerton is 7-16 on the year and 2-8 in Big West Conference play. The Titans are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak dating back to January 11 - the last time they played Long Beach State as they defeated the Beach, 67-53.
The Titans are averaging 60.4 points per game on 38.5 percent shooting, while allowing 64.7 points per contest.
Hannah Thompson is Cal State Fullerton's leading scorer with 13.2 points per game to lead a trio of double-figure scorers. Behind Thompson are Daeja Smith (12.0 points per game) and Jade Vega (10.2 points per game).
Smith leads the Titans in rebounds as she averages 9.0 boards per game to go along with a team-high 32 blocks. Vega is the team's leader in assists as she has dished out 81 helpers on the year.
Defensively, Cal State Fullerton is led by Carolyn Gill who has swiped a team-high 35 steals on the season, while averaging 5.5 rebounds.
Series vs. Cal State Fullerton
Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton will meet for the 115th time in program history and the second time this season. Overall, the Beach leads the all-time series 73-41, however, the Titans were victorious in their last meeting. Long Beach State has not lost to the Titans inside the Pyramid since 2014. The Beach are 40-12 at home when playing Cal State Fullerton.
Get Ready to Play4Kay
Long Beach State women's basketball is partnering with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund by joining the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge! The Beach is competing against other college basketball teams around the country to see who can raise the most money for those battling cancer. Fans can support the Beach in the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge by pledging for every free throw Long Beach State makes during the month of February. To donate, visit LongBeachState.com and go to the women's basketball home page for more information. LBSU's annual Pink Game will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, when Long Beach State hosts Big West Conference rival Cal State Fullerton at 4 p.m. inside the Walter Pyramid.
Long Beach State travels to UC Irvine for its final regular-season road game of the year. The Beach will play the Anteaters on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., before returning home to host Hawaii on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m.
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