Feb. 26, 2013
The Long Beach State women's basketball team wraps up its home slate on Saturday, March 2, when it hosts UC Davis in a crucial Big West game at 2 p.m.
The 49ers will honor their only senior, Mary Ochiltree, following the game on Saturday. Ochiltree, who was naturally selected as one of three team captains, leads LBSU in 3-point field goal percentage (37.3) and is third in field goal percentage (42.9). The Lake Stevens, Wash., native was one point away from a double-double vs. Canisius, totaling nine points and a career-high 10 rebounds. She also had a season-best 11 points in a win over Sacramento State.
BIG WEST STANDINGS
Long Beach State enters Saturday's action tied for fifth in the conference standings but is in the middle of a tight Big West race. The 49ers and Cal State Northridge are one game behind fourth-place UC Santa Barbara and a half-game ahead of UC Davis (7th). Pacific is currently in sole possession of first place, but is just a half-game in front of Cal Poly (2nd) and 1.5 games ahead of Hawai'i (3rd). The top two teams earn a bye into the Big West Tournament semifinals, while the third and fourth seeds also get a first-round bye.
A GLANCE AT UC DAVIS
UC Davis (12-15, 7-9 Big West) rallied from a late nine-point deficit to defeat UC Irvine, 47-43, on Thursday. The Aggies are led by Sydnee Fipps, who ranks second in the conference with 17.1 points per game. Fipps is also one of the team's top rebounders at 5.0 boards per outing, while Cortney French is UCD's second leading scorer at 10.9 points per contest.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with UC Davis, 11-10. In the most recent meeting, the Aggies made the final push in a game that saw 15 lead changes and 12 tie scores, to pull out a 68-62 victory in Davis on Jan. 31. Bianka Balthazar paced LBSU with a team-best 16 points, while Devin Hudson pulled down 14 rebounds.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Dating back to 2011-12, LBSU has won 21 of its last 29 games at the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers are 11-5 this season, with three of their home losses being decided in the final seconds.
FOR THE RECORD
Senior Mary Ochiltree is currently third in program history in career 3-point field goal percentage (37.7). Sophomore Ella Clark is also eighth among the 49er all-time leaders with 115 career blocks, while classmate Lauren Spargo ranks 10th with 253 3-point field goals attempted.
Sophomore Alex Sanchez has continued to produce in every aspect on the court. She leads the team with 10.8 points and 4.0 assists per game, while ranking second with 4.7 rebounds per outing. Sanchez, who notched a season-high 19 points at Utah Valley, has reached double figures in scoring in 16 games, including each of the last five outings. She has led LBSU in the points column 11 times and has finished tops on the squad in assists on 21 occasions.
Sophomore Devin Hudson registered her team-best sixth double-double of the season and first in over a month with 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds vs. Pacific (Feb. 28). The Ontario, Calif., native's last double-doubles came in back-to-back performances with 10 points and 15 rebounds vs. UC Riverside (Jan. 17), and a career-best 17 points and 14 boards against Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 19). Hudson has led LBSU on the glass 18 times, corralling at least 10 rebounds on nine occasions. She has also reached double figures in scoring 12 times. Hudson is averaging 10.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in Big West contests.
Long Beach State closes out the regular season next week with games at UC Santa Barbara (March 7) and Cal Poly (March 9).
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