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LBSU women's hoops begins Big West Tournament at CS Northridge on Tuesday

The 49ers travel to Cal State Northridge for a Big West Tournament first round game Tuesday at 7 p.m.

March 5, 2012

Big West Tournament - First Round
Long Beach State (12-17, 7-9 Big West) at
Cal State Northridge (17-12, 11-5 Big West)
Tuesday, March 6
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Matadome
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LONG BEACH - The seventh-seeded Long Beach State women's basketball team will be making its third-straight Big West Tournament appearance on Tuesday, March 6, when it heads to No. 2 Cal State Northridge for a first-round game at 7 p.m.

The 49ers are searching for their first tournament win since 2007 when they advanced to the semifinals by defeating UC Irvine and Cal Poly.

Long Beach State Athletics will be providing free transportation and tickets for students to the game at Northridge on Tuesday. Students must RSVP by email ( or phone at (562) 985-7978 by 5 p.m. on Monday. Free student tickets can also be picked up at Cal State Northridge without riding on the bus, but an RSVP is still required.

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.

Cal State Northridge (17-12) defeated Cal State Fullerton, 60-51, on Saturday to secure the No. 2 seed in the Big West Tournament. Jasmine Erving leads the Matadors with 15.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Janae Sharpe is also averaging double figures with 11.4 points per contest, while Ashlee Guay is tops on the team in assists (4.1 apg).

Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Cal State Northridge, 34-12. The two teams split the regular-season series as the Matadors prevailed, 57-50, at the Walter Pyramid before LBSU rebounded with a 75-72 double-overtime victory in Northridge.

The 49ers, who have won eight of the last 10 in the series, are 13-5 when playing on the road and are 5-1 against CSUN in the Jody Wynn era (since 2010). Long Beach State has never faced Cal State Northridge in the postseason.

Two 49ers were named to the 2011-12 All-Big West Team the conference office announced Monday morning. Senior Tipesa Moorer was a second-team selection, while freshman Alex Sanchez garnered honorable mention recognition. Sanchez was also one of five members chosen to the All-Freshman Team.

Tipesa Moorer also claimed the season's final Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week award. The 5-10 forward averaged a team-high 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the 49ers' last two regular-season games. She poured in a game-high 20 points in a 62-61 victory over Cal State Fullerton.

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 finished with an impressive 10-3 home record this season. LBSU outscored its opponents 842-739 and shot 41.3 percent at the Walter Pyramid. In addition, the 49ers went 6-2 in Big West home games.

On the flip side, LBSU has struggled on the road with a 2-14 away record. The 49ers have been outscored by an average of 17.4 points and are shooting 35.0 percent in those games. One of Long Beach State's two road wins came at Cal State Northridge (Feb. 11).

Senior Tipesa Moorer (Harbor City, Calif.) has reached double figures in scoring in 23 of Long Beach State's 29 games, including three 20-plus point performances. Moorer finished with 20 vs. Cal State Fullerton (March 1) and 21 at UC Riverside (Feb. 4). Earlier in the season, she poured in a career-high 24 points at UC Davis on 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.

Redshirt freshman Alex Sanchez ranks second on the team in scoring (9.1 ppg), rebounding (4.8 rpg), assists (89) and steals (43). The Anaheim native has reached double figures 15 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.

The Big West Tournament semifinals and finals will be held, March 9-10, at the Honda Center in Anaheim.



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