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Long Beach State Begins Quest for Big West Tournament Title on Tuesday

The 49ers take on Cal State Fullerton in the first round of the Big West Tournament on Tuesday.

March 11, 2013

No. 5 Long Beach State (16-14, 9-9 Big West) vs.
No. 8 Cal State Fullerton (9-21, 5-13 Big West)
Tuesday, March 12
Time: 6 p.m. (PDT)
Location: Bren Events Center (Irvine, Calif.)
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The fifth-seeded Long Beach State women's basketball team begins its quest for the Big Tournament title on Tuesday, March 12, when it takes on No. 8 Cal State Fullerton in a first-round game. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at the Bren Events Center in Irvine.

The Last Meeting
Long Beach State58
Cal State Fullerton56
February 14, 2013
Fullerton, Calif.
LBSU Holds on for 58-56 Victory at Cal State Fullerton
The Long Beach State women's basketball team earned its first Big West road win, but not without a fight from Cal State Fullerton, as the 49ers, who led by as many as 14 in the second half, held off a late rally to pull out a 58-56 victory Thursday evening at Titan Gym.

LBSU, which has earned its fourth-straight Big West Tournament berth under head coach Jody Wynn, is 34-21 overall in Big West Tournament games. The 49ers' last tournament title came in 1991. Last year, Long Beach State advanced to the championship game, but fell to UC Santa Barbara.

The 49ers are 2-1 against Cal State Fullerton in postseason play. The last time the two teams met in the Big West Tournament was in a quarterfinal match-up on March 8, 2008. The Titans ended up winning, 69-51, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Sophomores Devin Hudson and Alex Sanchez were named to the All-Big West Team the conference office announced Monday. The duo, which has guided the 49ers to their best season since 2005-06, earned honorable mention recognition.

Hudson has become a force to be reckoned with in the Big West, where she is averaging a team-best 11.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Hudson has eight double-doubles, six of which came in conference play. She also has 15 double-figure scoring games and 11 double-figure rebounding games. Sanchez, meanwhile, is LBSU's floor leader with a career-high 123 assists. She ranks second in the Big West with 4.1 helpers per outing. Sanchez also has 17 double-figure scoring games, including 10 in Big West action.

After struggling through a nine-game losing streak, Cal State Fullerton (9-21, 5-13 Big West) made a late push as wins over UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara helped it claim the eighth and final spot in the Big West Tournament. The Titans, however, ended up dropping their final three regular season games. Chante Miles has paced CSF with 10.6 points, 2.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while Kathleen Iwuoha is tops on the team with 7.0 rebounds per outing.

Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Cal State Fullerton, 65-38. The 49ers swept the regular-season series, defeating the Titans, 45-39, in Long Beach and 58-56 in Fullerton. Devin Hudson averaged 11.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, while Alex Sanchez averaged 9.0 points and 4.0 steals in the two outings.

Sophomore Devin Hudson was dominant in a 71-58 win in the regular-season finale at Cal Poly as she finished with career-highs in points (22) and rebounds (20). She is the first 49er to have a 20-point and 20-rebound game since Melissa Gower posted 22 and 20 vs. Nevada on Jan. 13, 1995. Hudson is the seventh player in program history to accomplish the 20-20 feat.

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 265 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, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game, while ranking second with 4.4 rebounds per outing. Sanchez, who notched a season-high 19 points at Utah Valley, has reached double figures in scoring in 17 games. She has led LBSU in the points column 11 times and has finished tops on the squad in assists on 23 occasions.

Devin Hudson registered her eighth double-double of the season in a big way as she totaled a career-high 22 points and 20 rebounds at Cal Poly (March 9). Two days earlier, she had 13 points and 10 rebounds at UC Santa Barbara. In other notable performances, Hudson totaled 15 points and a then career-high 16 rebounds vs. Big West regular season champion Pacific, 10 points and 15 boards vs. UC Riverside and a then career-best 17 points and 14 rebounds vs. Cal State Fullerton. Hudson has led LBSU on the glass 20 times, corralling at least 10 rebounds on 11 occasions. She has also reached double figures in scoring 15 times. Hudson is averaging 11.6 points and 9.8 rebounds against Big West opponents.

Sophomore Lauren Spargo is tops on the team with 38 3-pointers made. She has more than one trey in 11 games, including a career-high four against Washington (13 points) and Canisius (14 points). She also totaled a season-high 16 points vs. UC Irvine on Jan. 26, and had 15 points vs. UC Davis on March 2. The Santa Clarita, Calif., native has made 77 shots from long distance in her one-plus year career at LBSU, which puts her six away from breaking into the 49er all-time records.

If Long Beach State wins on Tuesday, it will face No. 4 UC Santa Barbara in a quarterfinal match-up on Wednesday, March 13, at the Bren Events Center.



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