Feb. 24, 2014
Long Beach State (15-11, 7-5 Big West) at
Hawai'i (14-11, 8-5 Big West)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 27
Time: 9 p.m. (PST)
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Arena: Stan Sheriff Center
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Cal State Fullerton (10-15, 6-6 Big West) at
Long Beach State (15-11, 7-5 Big West)
Date: Saturday, March 1
Time: 4 p.m. (PST)
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Arena: Walter Pyramid
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Long Beach State Game Notes
The Last Meeting
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January 30, 2014
The Last Meeting
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February 1, 2014
The Long Beach State women's basketball team enters the home stretch of the regular season this week when it heads to Hawai'i and hosts Cal State Fullerton.
The 49ers are set to face the Rainbow Wahine on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 9 p.m. (PST). They then have a quick turnaround as they play again on Saturday, March 1, with a 4 p.m. showdown against the Titans.
BIG WEST STANDINGS
LBSU (7-5) remained in sole possession of fourth place in the Big West standings after last week's action. The 49ers are just a half-game behind Hawai'i (8-5), and are 1.5 games behind Cal Poly and Cal State Northridge, who are tied for first with a 9-4 conference record. Long Beach State is also one game ahead of three teams - UC Irvine, UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton - who are tied for fifth.
SCOUTING THE RAINBOW WAHINE
Hawai'i (14-11, 8-5 Big West) saw its three-game win streak snapped last weekend with a 56-52 loss at UC Davis. Kamilah Jackson leads the Rainbow Wahine with 15.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per outing. Ashleigh Karaitiana (10.2 ppg) and Shawna-Lei Kuehu (10.2 ppg) are also averaging double figures in scoring.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Hawai'i, 16-10, and is 8-7 when playing in Honolulu.
LAST TIME WE MET
Jade Wilson powered Long Beach State to an exciting 74-72 victory over Hawai'i at the Walter Pyramid on Jan. 30. Wilson registered her second double-double of the season with a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. She was 8-of-13 from the field and also finished with a career-best four blocks.
Raven Benton added 17 points and four rebounds, while Hallie Meneses had 12 points and a game-high six assists.
It was a very physical game from start to finish as LBSU and UH combined for 52 fouls and 59 free throw attempts. Sydney Haydel led five Rainbow Wahine in double figures with 16 points.
A GLANCE AT CAL STATE FULLERTON
Cal State Fullerton (10-15, 6-6 Big West) earned a split last week, picking up a 78-77 win over defending Big West champion Cal Poly, before dropping a 64-54 decision to UC Santa Barbara. Alex Thomas (14.4 ppg) and Chante Miles (14.1 ppg) have paced the Titan offense, while Kathleen Iwuoha is also averaging 10.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Cal State Fullerton, 66-39, and has won four of the last five. Since the start of the NCAA era (1981-82), the 49ers are 53-16 against the Titans.
LAST TIME WE MET
Long Beach State closed out the first half on a huge run and continued to roll through the final 20 minutes for a dominating 83-64 win over Cal State Fullerton at Titan Gym on Feb. 1.
The 49ers finished the night shooting a season-best 52.8 percent. Hallie Meneses led the way with 18 points and a career-high nine assists. She also had two steals and did not commit a turnover. Jewelyn Sawyer registered her first career double-double with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Lauren Spargo added 15 points, while Raven Benton had 12 points.
Cal State Fullerton shot just 28.8 percent from the floor and was 7-of-41 from 3-point range. Alex Thomas led the Titans with 20 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 33-12 (.733) record at the Walter Pyramid. Long Beach State is 11-3 at home this year.
STEALING THE SHOW
Long Beach State is tops in the Big West and ranks 36th in all of NCAA Division I with 10.0 steals per outing. LBSU has recorded 10 or more steals in 14 contests, including a season-high 18 against Harvard. Three 49ers - Jade Wilson (3rd), Hallie Meneses (7th) and Anna Kim (10th) - also rank among the conference's individual top-10 in steals per game.
The 49ers have used 11 different starting lineups this season. They have mixed up their starters in seven of the last 11 games, with all nine of LBSU's active players earning at least one start during that stretch.
Raven Benton has a team-leading three double-doubles, while Jade Wilson is not far behind with two. Most recently, Benton registered 17 points and 10 rebounds at UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 13). She also started off Big West play with 18 points and a career-high 15 boards vs. UC Irvine. Her first double-double of the season came against Loyola Marymount (16 pts, 10 rebs). Wilson, meanwhile, finished with a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds against Hawai'i, and had 10 points and a career-best 13 boards in an overtime win vs. the Anteaters. In addition, Madison Montgomery compiled 10 points and 10 boards vs. Pepperdine, while Jewelyn Sawyer had 10 points and 11 rebounds at Cal State Fullerton.
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 19 games, and has recorded multiple blocks in six contests. On the season, she has swatted away a team-high 31 shots. In addition, Clark has registered 8.3 points per outing and is third on the squad with 32 3-pointers made. She has stepped up her offensive production over the last three games where she has averaged 17 points on 57.1 percent shooting. Clark led the 49ers to a huge road win at defending Big West champion Cal Poly, going 9-for-11 from the field for a career-high 23 points. She then sparked a late rally in a 65-62 comeback win over UC Davis, draining the go-ahead three with 58 seconds left. Clark finished with 14 points and seven rebounds against the Aggies. Earlier in the year, Clark registered a then career-best 19 points vs. Omaha, and followed that up with a 17-point performance against Harvard, 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 third 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 45 percent of her 3-point attempts over the last 17 games (28-of-61). 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 8.3 points per outing and leads the squad in 3-pointers made (33) and assists (113).
SPARGO FINDS HER GROOVE
After missing four games and nearly a month of practice due to an illness in December, junior Lauren Spargo (Valencia, Calif.) is back at full strength as she has reached double figures in nine of the last 11 games. During that stretch, she poured in a career-high 20 points vs. Cal Poly on Jan. 18. Spargo added seven rebounds, three steals and a career-best five assists against the Mustangs. On the season, Spargo is second on the squad with 10.7 ppg and is also tied for first with 33 threes made. She has 10 outings with more than one trey, including a 4-for-7 performance from behind the arc at San Francisco, where she finished with 16 points.
KIM ON FIRE
Freshman Anna Kim has reached double digits in the points column in four of the last five games as she had 14 at UC Santa Barbara, 13, vs. UC Davis, 12 vs. UC Riverside and 10 at UC Irvine. Since the UCI game on Feb. 6, Kim has gone 12-for-20 (60 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 (44.6) and is sixth on the team with 8.1 points per outing.
Long Beach State is back in action next week when it holds its Senior Night following a Big West match-up with Cal State Northridge on Thursday, March 6. The 49ers will then make their way to UC Riverside for their regular-season finale on Saturday, March 8. Both games are slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off.