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49ers head to Anaheim for Big West semifinal match-up against Cal Poly on Friday

Long Beach State will take on top-seeded Cal Poly in the Big West semifinals at the Honda Center on Friday.

March 8, 2012

No. 7 Long Beach State (13-17) vs.
No. 1 Cal Poly (17-13)
Friday, March 9
Time: Noon (PT)
Location: Honda Center (Anaheim)
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Big West Tournament Central

LONG BEACH - The seventh-seeded Long Beach State women's basketball team makes its way to Anaheim on Friday, March 9, for a Big West Tournament semifinal showdown with No. 1 seed Cal Poly. Tip-off is set for noon at the Honda Center.

The 49ers picked up their first postseason win since 2007 on Tuesday evening when they upended second-seeded Cal State Northridge, 57-52, at The Matadome.

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 Poly (17-13) advanced to the semifinals with a 71-53 win over No. 8 seed Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, March 6. The Mustangs have won 11 of their last 12. Kristina Santiago, who was recently named the Big West Player of the Year for the second time in her career, leads the team with 23.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She entered the week ranked seventh in the nation in scoring and eighth in field goal percentage (55.8). Jonae Ervin is Cal Poly's floor general with 3.7 assists per outing.

Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Cal Poly, 36-17. The two teams split the regular season series as the 49ers claimed the first meeting, 74-67, at the Walter Pyramid on Jan. 21, before the Mustangs avenged that loss with a 68-41 victory in San Luis Obispo (Feb. 23).

Cal Poly has won seven of the last 10 in the series, but LBSU is 7-0 when playing at a neutral site. The 49ers have not lost to the Mustangs in the postseason with a 5-0 record in Big West Tournament games.

Two 49ers were named to the 2011-12 All-Big West Team the conference office announced on Monday, March 5. 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.

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 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.

Senior Tipesa Moorer (Harbor City, Calif.) has reached double figures in scoring in 24 of 30 games, including three 20-plus point performances. Moorer finished with 20 vs. Cal State Fullerton (March 1) and 21 at UC Riverside (Feb. 4), and 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, Moorer 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 (9.0 ppg), rebounding (4.8 rpg) and assists (94), and is third in 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.

Freshman Lauren Spargo is Long Beach State's top threat from downtown as she has made a team-high 37 threes. She is just four shy of the 49ers' all-time freshman record. Spargo drained four 3-pointers en route to a season-best 18 points vs. Western Michigan, and made three treys on three other occassions. She also reached double figures in scoring with 16 points vs. Dartmouth and at Iona, 15 points vs. Cal State Northridge, 11 points at Cal State Northridge (March 6) and 10 points vs. Pacific. Spargo is third on the team with 7.0 points per game.

Hallie Meneses has been the 49ers' starting point guard in all but two games in her first year at Long Beach State and she hasn't disappointed as she ranks fifth in the Big West with 3.3 assists per contest. The sophomore transfer from the City College of San Francisco dished out a career-best eight helpers at Pacific and also finished with seven assists at Cal State Northridge (March 6), at Cal State Fullerton, vs. Nevada and at Iona.

Meneses, who is averaging 5.7 points per game, drained a career-high 21 points at UC Riverside (Feb. 4) and 14 points at Cal State Northridge (Feb. 11). In those two games, Meneses shot 55.6 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from beyond the arc. She also reached double figures vs. Cal State Fullerton (11), vs. UC Riverside (12), at Iona (12) and at Seattle (14).

After being sidelined for eight games with an injury, freshman Devin Hudson has returned to the lineup with a newfound confidence. She had a breakout performance at UC Davis in January, registering a double-double in her first start with a career-best 14 points and 12 rebounds. She also compiled 11 boards at Cal State Northridge, and 10 rebounds against UC Santa Barbara and at UC Irvine. Hudson is averaging 5.4 points and a team-high 5.3 rebounds per outing.

Redshirt freshman Chantel Dooley has been one of the 49ers' top defenders this year. Dooley's pressure defense has led to her accumulating a team-best 50 steals. The Northridge native registered a career-high six steals against Pacific on Feb. 28. Dooley has been solid on the offensive end as well, averaging 5.7 points per contest. She reached double figures vs. Pacific (11), vs. UC Davis (11), at Columbia (11), at Cal State Northridge (10) and vs. Wichita State (10).

The Big West Tournament finals are set for 2 p.m. at the Honda Center. The game will be televised on Prime Ticket.



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