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Long Beach State wraps up regular season with home games vs. Pacific, CS Fullerton

The 49ers host Pacific and Cal State Fullerton in their final two regular season games this week.

Feb. 27, 2012

Pacific (14-11, 7-6 Big West) at
Long Beach State (11-16, 6-8 Big West)
*Breast Cancer Awareness Night
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Walter Pyramid
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Cal State Fullerton (11-16, 4-10 Big West) at
Long Beach State (11-16, 6-8 Big West)
*Senior Night and Pack the House Challenge
Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Walter Pyramid
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LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's basketball team wraps up the regular season this week when it welcomes Pacific (Feb. 28) and Cal State Fullerton (March 1) to the Walter Pyramid.

The 49ers will hold their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Tuesday, Feb. 28, when they entertain the Tigers at 7 p.m. LBSU is also set to host its Senior Night and Pack the House Challenge against the Titans at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. The 49ers' two seniors, Tipesa Moorer and Sarah Lottinville, will be honored following the game.

The final Big West Tournament seedings will most likely come down to the last day of the regular season. Long Beach State is currently in seventh place but could finish as high as tied for third. In order for that to happen, the 49ers need to win out, UC Davis needs to lose twice, Pacific needs to lose at least two of its final three games, UC Santa Barbara needs to split or lose both and UC Irvine also needs to lose its final contest.

Fans can follow the 49ers all season long with every women's basketball game being broadcast live via Stretch Internet Radio on David Bagga is LBSU's play-by-play announcer.

Pacific (14-11, 7-6 BWC) is currently on a two-game skid as it fell to UC Davis, 65-61, last Saturday. Kendall Rodriguez leads the Tigers with 12.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Erica McKenzie has also chipped in 11.2 points and a team-high 3.1 assists per outing.

LBSU leads in its all-time series with Pacific, 37-21. The Tigers claimed the first meeting in Stockton, but the two teams have been fairly even recently as they have split the season series in each of the last two years. The 49ers are 18-6 when playing at home.

Cal State Fullerton (11-16, 4-10 BWC) snapped a five-game losing streak with a pair of must-win victories last week. The Titans defeated UC Riverside, 66-43, and UC Irvine, 58-44. Megan Richardson is tops on the squad and ranks second in the Big West with 16.2 points per game. Mya Olivier is also averaging 8.6 points and a team-best 7.6 rebounds per contest.

Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Cal State Fullerton, 62-38, but has come up short in the last six meetings. The 49ers haven't beaten the Titans since a 54-51 victory on Jan. 29, 2009.

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.

Long Beach State has posted an impressive 9-2 home record this season. LBSU has outscored its opponents 712-605 and is shooting just under 40 percent when playing at the Walter Pyramid. In addition, the 49ers are 5-1 in Big West home games.

Senior Tipesa Moorer (Harbor City, Calif.) has reached double figures in scoring in 21 of Long Beach State's 27 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 12.9 points per outing.

Redshirt freshman Alex Sanchez is tops on the team with 41 steals and ranks second in scoring (9.2 ppg), rebounding (5.0 rpg) and assists (3.1 apg). The Anaheim native has reached double figures 14 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.

Long Beach State kicks off the Big West Tournament on Tuesday, March 6, with a first-round game at 7 p.m. The opponent and location will be determined after the seedings are confirmed this week.



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