Nov. 13, 2012
Coming off a season-opening split at home last weekend, the Long Beach State women's basketball team will make the short trip to Loyola Marymount for its first road game of the year on Thursday, Nov. 15. The 49ers and Lions will square off at 7 p.m. at Gersten Pavilion.
Fans can follow the 49ers all season long with every women's basketball game being broadcast live via Stretch Internet Radio on longbeachstate.com. Tyler Hendrickson is LBSU's play-by-play announcer.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Loyola Marymount (0-2) opened its season with a pair of road losses as it fell at UTEP, 79-51, on Saturday, before dropping a 77-76 overtime decision at New Mexico State on Monday evening. Alex Cowling paced the Lions with 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, while Hazel Ramirez totaled 13.5 points and a team-high 4.5 assists per outing.
LMU returns 10 letterwinners and three starters from last year's squad that went 8-22 overall and tied for eighth in the West Coast Conference. Cowling is the team's top returner after averaging 22.2 points and 8.7 rebounds.
Long Beach State trails in its all-time series with Loyola Marymount, 11-3. The 49ers will be looking to snap an 11-game losing streak to the Lions on Thursday. LBSU suffered a 74-43 loss in the most recent meeting at Gersten Pavilion two years ago (Nov. 15, 2010). Long Beach State's last win in the series was a 58-47 triumph at home on Dec. 15, 1996.
DOOLEY DOES MORE THAN DEFEND
Sophomore Chantel Dooley (Northridge, Calif.) is known as a lock-down defender, but in the 49ers' season-opening weekend, she also proved to be an offensive threat. Against Sacramento State, the 5-foot-8 guard drained a career-high 19 points to go along with a career-best seven steals. She was 7-of-13 from the field and made all four of her free throws. In a narrow 60-58 loss to Iona, Dooley again reached double figures with 11 points, while adding four rebounds and three steals.
With junior point guard Hallie Meneses sidelined with an injury, sophomore Alex Sanchez has stepped up and filled the role of Long Beach State's floor general. She registered a team-best 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a last-second loss to Iona on Sunday, Nov. 11. The Anaheim, Calif., native made five of her eight shot attempts, including a pair of 3-pointers, and was also a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. In the season opener vs. Sacramento State, Sanchez netted 11 points and dished out seven assists.
SOMETHING ABOUT MARY
Mary Ochiltree (Lake Stevens, Wash.) returns as the 49ers' lone senior this year. Ochiltree, who was naturally selected as one of three team captains, averaged 5.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 2011-12. She played a key role in LBSU's season-opening win on Friday, Nov. 9, as she hit a couple of big shots down the stretch en route to an 11-point performance. Ochiltree also had a season-high six rebounds against Iona.
SPARGO LIGHTS IT UP
Sophomore Lauren Spargo totaled 13 points in Long Beach State's season-opening 74-71 victory over Sacramento State. She went 5-for-7 from the field, including a 3-of-4 performance from behind the arc. Spargo also grabbed a team-best six rebounds. As a true freshman last year, the Valencia, Calif., native drained a team-high 39 3-pointers.
Sophomore forward Ella Clark, who was granted a medical redshirt last season, has averaged 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over the 49ers' first two games. The London, England, native had 12 points in a win over Sacramento State and swatted away three shots against Iona. As a true freshman in 2010-11, Clark had 55 blocks which ranked her ninth among the program's single-season leaders.
In the opening weekend of the 2012-13 season, Long Beach State tied for the Big West lead in 3-point field goals made (15) and attempted (39). The 49ers' 3-point percentage (38.5) was slightly better than their overall field goal percentage (38.1) in their first two games.
Long Beach State returns to the friendly confines of the Walter Pyramid on Sunday, Nov. 18, when it entertains Pac-12 foe Washington at 2 p.m.
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