July 25, 2014
The Long Beach State women's basketball team returns seven letterwinners, including its top three scorers from last year's squad that went 17-15 overall and advanced to the Big West Tournament quarterfinals.
The 2013-14 campaign marked the program's first winning season in nine years. It was also the most victories by a squad in the Jody Wynn era, as the 49ers improved on a 16-16 mark in 2012-13.
LBSU welcomes back its leading scorer in sophomore guard Raven Benton, who averaged 12.2 points per game last year. She also ranked second on the team with 5.4 rebounds per outing. Benton was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team.
The Beach also returns All-Big West honorable mention selection Lauren Spargo. Spargo, a 5-foot-11 guard, averaged a career-best 10.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 2013-14. She enters her senior season ranked third in program history in career 3-point field goals attempted (422) and fourth in 3-point field goals made (122).
Also back for their senior seasons are guards Alex Sanchez and Hallie Meneses. Sanchez missed half of the conference season with a foot injury last year, but finished the campaign averaging 9.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. She earned All-Big West honorable mention recognition as a freshman and sophomore. Meneses, a 5-foot-5 point guard, averaged 8.2 points per contest and compiled a team-high 137 assists as a junior. She ranked among the top-10 in the Big West in free throw percentage (86.8), assists (4.3 apg) and steals (1.4 spg).
In addition, Long Beach State returns sophomores Anna Kim (7.7 ppg, 2.2 apg), Madison Montgomery (6.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and Jewelyn Sawyer (4.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg), while Bianka Balthazar, Chantel Dooley and Devin Hudson are all coming off a redshirt season.
Letterwinners Returning (7)
Raven Benton, So., 5-10, Guard (12.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
Lauren Spargo, Sr., 5-11, Guard (10.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
Alex Sanchez, Sr., 5-10, Guard (9.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg)
Hallie Meneses, Sr., 5-5, Point Guard (8.2 ppg, 4.3 apg)
Anna Kim, So., 5-5, Point Guard (7.7 ppg, 2.2 apg)
Madison Montgomery, So., 6-1, Forward (6.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
Jewelyn Sawyer, So., 6-0, Guard (4.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
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