Feb. 21, 2012
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's basketball team embarks on its final regular-season road trip this week when it travels to the Central Coast for a pair of crucial Big West games at Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.
The 49ers will square off against the second-place Mustangs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, before heading to Santa Barbara two days later for a 2 p.m. showdown with the Gauchos (Feb. 25).
Fans can follow the 49ers all season long with every women's basketball game being broadcast live via Stretch Internet Radio on longbeachstate.com. David Bagga is LBSU's play-by-play announcer.
The postponement of last Saturday's Pacific at Long Beach State women's basketball game has facilitated two changes to the 49ers' upcoming schedule. LBSU will now host the Tigers on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., and to accommodate that change, the Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State game, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 29, has been moved to Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
Cal Poly (13-12, 9-3 Big West), which is riding a seven-game win streak, currently sits in second place in the conference standings. It picked up a pair of road wins at UC Irvine (76-63) and UC Riverside (69-47) last week. Kristina Santiago leads the Mustangs and ranks seventh in the nation with 22.7 points per game. She is also tops in the Big West with 9.9 rebounds per outing. Jonae Ervin has chipped in 9.1 points and a team-best 3.9 assists per contest.
LBSU leads in its all-time series with Cal Poly, 36-16. The 49ers claimed the first meeting between the two teams in Long Beach on Jan. 21 and are looking for their first season sweep of the Mustangs since 2006. Long Beach State is 9-11 when playing at Cal Poly.
A GLANCE AT UC SANTA BARBARA
UC Santa Barbara (11-14, 5-7 Big West) was on the road last week and defeated UC Riverside, 53-43, before falling to UC Irvine, 72-65. Emilie Johnson leads the Gauchos with 8.9 points per game, while Kirsten Tilleman is averaging a team-best 8.4 rebounds per contest.
Long Beach State trails in its all-time series with UCSB, 44-42. Earlier this year, the 49ers snapped a three-game losing streak to the Gauchos with a 46-34 victory at the Walter Pyramid (Jan. 19). LBSU has dropped seven of the last 10 contests and is 17-19 when playing in Santa Barbara.
LAST TIME OUT
Long Beach State sank 9-of-10 free throws in the final two minutes to run away with a 67-55 victory against UC Davis last Thursday at the Walter Pyramid. Tipesa Moorer led the 49ers with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Alex Sanchez finished with 13 points, four boards and a game-high six helpers, while Chantel Dooley added 11 points and nine rebounds.
10 AND COUNTING
LBSU surpassed its win total from last year with its ninth victory of the season vs. Cal Poly (Jan. 21), and after hitting a road block with three consecutive losses, it finally reached the 10-win plateau with a 75-72 double-overtime victory at Cal State Northridge on Feb. 11. It is just the second time in the last five years that the 49ers have 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.
MOORER DOUBLES UP
Senior Tipesa Moorer (Harbor City, Calif.) has reached double figures in scoring in 21 of Long Beach State's 25 games, including two 20-plus point performances. 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 sixth in the Big West with 13.3 points per outing.
MENESES AT THE POINT
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 fifth in the Big West with 3.3 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 5.7 points per game, has also showed her scoring potential, draining a career-high 21 points at UC Riverside (Feb. 4) and 14 points at Cal State Northridge (Feb. 11). In those two games, Meneses shot 55.6 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from beyond the arc. She had previously reached double figures at Seattle (14), vs. UCR (12) and at Iona (12).
Redshirt freshman Alex Sanchez is tops on the team with 39 steals and ranks second in scoring (9.2 ppg), rebounding (5.1 rpg) and assists (3.2 apg). The Anaheim native has reached double figures 13 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.
"D" FOR DOOLEY
Redshirt freshman Chantel Dooley has been one of Long Beach State's top defenders this year. Dooley's pressure defense has led to her accumulating 36 steals, which ties her for third on the team. The Northridge native has been solid on the offensive end as well, averaging 5.5 points per contest. Dooley reached double figures vs. UC Davis (11), at Columbia (11), at Cal State Northridge (10) and vs. Wichita State (10).
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid for its final two regular season games next week as it plays host to Pacific (Feb. 28) and Cal State Fullerton (March 1). Tip-off for both games is 7 p.m.
The 49ers will hold their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Tuesday, while they are set to honor their two seniors (Tipesa Moorer and Sarah Lottinville) following the game against the Titans on Thursday.
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