Feb. 19, 2014
UC Davis (10-13, 5-5 Big West) at
Long Beach State (14-11, 6-5 Big West)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 20
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Arena: Walter Pyramid
TV Talent: Scott Marsh (PBP), Richie Schueler (Analyst)
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The Last Meeting
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January 11, 2014
The Long Beach State women's basketball team will host UC Davis in its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game on Thursday, Feb. 20. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Long Beach State joins in the fight against breast cancer this week as the 49ers participate in the Play 4Kay initiative by hosting their annual `Pink Game' on Thursday. The Play 4Kay initiative is an opportunity for teams across the nation to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the official charity of the initiative.
The 49ers' game against UC Davis will also be broadcast live on ESPN3. Scott Marsh is the play-by-play announcer and will be joined by analyst Richie Schueler and sideline reporter Sanaz Travassol. Fans can watch the broadcast live online by clicking here.
BIG WEST STANDINGS
After improving to 6-5 in conference play, Long Beach State took sole possession of fourth place in the Big West standings, but sits just a half-game ahead of UC Irvine, UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton, all of which are tied for fifth. Cal State Northridge (9-3) moved to the top of the pack, while Cal Poly (8-3) is second and Hawai'i is third (7-4).
A GLANCE AT UC DAVIS
UC Davis (10-13, 5-5 Big West) has dropped its last two games, including a 65-62 loss to Cal State Fullerton at home last Thursday. Sydnee Fipps leads the Aggies with 17.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Alyson Doherty is also averaging 12.1 points, 6.1 boards and a team-leading 1.3 blocks per outing.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with UC Davis, 12-11, but trails, 11-8, since the Aggies became an NCAA Division I member. LBSU is 6-3 against UCD when playing in the Walter Pyramid.
LAST TIME WE MET
Long Beach State put up a good fight, erasing an 11-point halftime deficit, but UC Davis was able to hit a late 3-pointer to escape with a 63-60 win at The Pavilion on Jan. 11.
Raven Benton and Lauren Spargo led the 49ers with 10 points each. Ella Clark also had eight points and a team-best seven rebounds, while Alex Sanchez finished with nine points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals.
Sydnee Fipps paced UC Davis with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Kelsey Harris, who hit the eventual game-winning three, added 11 points.
PROTECTING THE PYRAMID
Over the last two-plus years, LBSU has been tough to beat at home. Since the start of the 2011-12 season, the 49ers have posted a 32-12 (.727) record at the Walter Pyramid. Long Beach State is 10-3 at home this year.
The 49ers have used 11 different starting lineups this season. They have mixed up their starters in seven of the last 10 games, with all nine of LBSU's active players earning at least one start during that stretch.
STEALING THE SHOW
Long Beach State is tops in the Big West and tied for 34th in all of NCAA Division I with 10.1 steals per outing. LBSU has recorded 10 or more steals in 14 contests, including a season-high 18 against Harvard. Three 49ers - Jade Wilson (2nd), Hallie Meneses (8th) and Anna Kim (T10th) - also rank among the conference's individual top-10 in steals per game.
Long Beach State has a nice balance as eight players are averaging at least 20 minutes a game, with Ella Clark leading the way at 27.4 minutes per contest. With everyone getting equal playing time, LBSU has seen six different players score at least 20 points in a game. All nine of the 49ers' active players have also reached double figures in scoring.
Freshman Raven Benton has notched a team-leading 18 double-figure scoring games, with four of those coming in the form of 20-point performances. She had back-to-back 20-point outings to close out non-conference play, draining a career-high 26 at USC (Dec. 28) and registering 22 against Denver (Jan. 5). In those two games, Benton shot 61.3 percent from the field and 63.0 percent from 3-point range. The Federal Way, Wash., native also poured in 22 points in a double-overtime victory at San Francisco and finished with 21 points in 21 minutes played vs. Harvard in the first round of the ASU Classic. Benton added 16 points in 13 minutes of action in the championship game at tournament host Arizona State, earning her all-tournament honors and the Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week award (Dec. 9). For the season, Benton is tops on the squad in scoring (13.3 ppg) and is second in rebounding (5.6 rpg). In addition, she has gotten herself to the free throw line a team-high 159 times where she has made 69.2 percent of her attempts.
With her 6-foot-8 wingspan, junior Ella Clark (London, England) has been a menace for opposing shooters. Clark has at least one block in 18 games, and has recorded multiple blocks in six contests. On the season, she has swatted away a team-high 30 shots. In addition, Clark is averaging 8.1 points per outing and is third on the squad with 30 3-pointers made. She led the 49ers to a huge road win at defending Big West champion Cal Poly with a career-high 23 points on 9-for-11 shooting. Earlier in the year, Clark registered a then career-best 19 points in a 77-61 victory against Omaha (Dec. 1). She then posted her second-straight double-figure game with a 17-point performance in a comeback win over Harvard (Dec. 6), where she made a career-high five treys, including four in the second half.
MENESES ON POINT
After sitting out all of last year with an ACL injury, junior point guard Hallie Meneses did not miss a beat in her return as the 49ers' floor leader. She has led the team in assists 16 times and ranks second in the Big West with 4.4 assists per outing. Meneses has 11 games with at least five helpers, including a career-high nine in a win at Cal State Fullerton. The San Francisco, Calif., native has also been solid from long distance, hitting nearly 50 percent of her 3-point attempts over the last 16 games (28-of-58). Meneses was a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc at Cal State Fullerton where she finished with a team-high 18 points. She also went 3-for-5 from 3-point range en route to a season-best 19 points vs. Cal Poly. In the second meeting with the Mustangs, Meneses had 19 points and eight assists. On the season, Meneses is averaging 8.6 points per outing and leads the squad in 3-pointers made (33) and assists (111).
KIM ON FIRE
Freshman Anna Kim has reached double digits in the points column in three of the last four games as she had 14 at UC Santa Barbara, 12 vs. UC Riverside and 10 at UC Irvine. Since the UCI game on Feb. 6, Kim has gone 10-for-15 (66.7 percent) from 3-point range. In the 49ers' final non-conference game against Denver, the Fullerton, Calif., native had her best offensive showing of her young career, pouring in 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including a 4-for-5 effort from behind the arc to be named the Big West Player of the Week (Jan. 6). Her 22 points, eight field goals and four threes were all career highs. Kim ranks first in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (45.0) and is sixth on the team with 7.9 points per outing.
Jade Wilson is Long Beach State's only senior and she is also the only 49er to have started every game this year. She had a remarkable performance in a 74-72 win over Hawai'i as she registered her second double-double of the year with a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. Wilson was 8-for-13 from the field and added a career-best four blocks against the Rainbow Wahine. She later matched that block total with four at Cal Poly (Feb. 15). The Tempe, Ariz., native also had a career-high 13 boards to go along with 10 points and five steals in the Big West opener vs. UC Irvine. In the second meeting with the Anteaters, Wilson notched 10 points and a career-best six steals. On the season, she is averaging 5.8 points, 5.8 rebounds,1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.
Long Beach State will head to Hawai'i for a 7 p.m. HT (9 p.m. PT) game on Thursday, Feb. 27. The 49ers then have a quick turnaround as they return home to host Cal State Fullerton at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.