March 5, 2013
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Long Beach State (15-14, 8-9 Big West) at
Cal Poly (19-9, 13-4 Big West)
Saturday, March 9
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The Long Beach State women's basketball team will be looking to get back in the win column in its regular-season finale at Cal Poly on Saturday, March 9. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at Mott Gym.
BIG WEST STANDINGS
With a win over the 49ers on Thursday, UC Santa Barbara secured the final spot among the conference's top four teams, which all receive at least a first-round bye in the Big West Tournament. LBSU can finish anywhere from fifth through seventh. Heading into the final day of the regular season, the 49ers and Cal State Northridge are tied for fifth place and they are one game ahead of UC Davis, which is in seventh.
At the top of the standings are Pacific and Cal Poly, who are both one game in front of Hawai'i. Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine are also still battling for the eighth and final seed.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
Cal Poly (19-9, 13-4 Big West) extended its win streak to a season-long six games with a 76-36 victory over UC Irvine on Thursday. The Mustangs, who have won nine of their last 10, are 12-3 at home this season, and own an unbelmished 8-0 record against Big West opponents at Mott Gym. Molly Schlemer leads CP with 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per outing, while Jonae Ervin is tops in the conference with 4.6 assists per game.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Cal Poly, 38-17, and has won the last two, including a 62-52 victory in Long Beach on Jan. 3. Alex Sanchez led four 49ers in double figures with 15 points, while Devin Hudson pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Brittany Woodard was the Mustangs' top scorer with 14 points.
WITH A WIN...
A 49er victory over Cal Poly on Saturday will mean:
- LBSU will finish the regular season over .500 for the first time since 2005-06.
- LBSU will secure the No. 5 seed in the Big West Tournament.
Long Beach State has shown its depth with nine of its 10 players reaching double digits in the points column at least once this season. Eight 49ers have also had multiple double-figure scoring games.
10 AND COUNTING
The 49ers have secured their third double-figure win campaign in the last four years. LBSU had not reached the 10-win plateau in three-straight seasons before Coach Wynn's arrival in 2009-10. Long Beach State has also posted the most victories (15) in a season during the Wynn era and the most since going 18-10 in 2005-06.
FOR THE RECORD
Senior Mary Ochiltree is currently seventh in program history in career 3-point field goal percentage (36.1). Sophomore Ella Clark is also eighth among the 49er all-time leaders with 117 career blocks, while classmate Lauren Spargo ranks 10th with 263 3-point field goals attempted.
Sophomore Alex Sanchez has continued to produce in every aspect on the court. She leads the team with 10.6 points, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game, while ranking second with 4.6 rebounds per outing. Sanchez, who notched a season-high 19 points at Utah Valley, has reached double figures in scoring in 16 games. She has led LBSU in the points column 11 times and has finished tops on the squad in assists on 23 occasions.
Sophomore Devin Hudson registered her team-best seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds at UC Santa Barbara on March 7. She also had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds vs. Pacific (Feb. 28). Earlier in the year, the Ontario, Calif., native had back-to-back double-doubles 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 19 times, corralling at least 10 rebounds on 10 occasions. She has also reached double figures in scoring 14 times. Hudson is averaging 11.0 points and 9.2 rebounds in Big West contests.
BALTHAZAR TAKES CHARGE
Sophomore Bianka Balthazar has reached double figures in scoring 11 times this season. She recently had a game-high 14 points at UC Santa Barbara. Earlier in the year, Balthazar poured in a career-high 17 points on a 6-for-9 shooting performance in a 79-50 win over Columbia, and later matched that point total at Hawai'i on Jan. 13. On the season, she is tied for second on the team with 9.3 points per contest.
Long Beach State will make its fourth-straight Big West Tournament appearance next week. The first and second rounds will be held at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center (March 12-13), while the semifinals and finals will be played at Honda Center in Anaheim on March 15 & 16.