Nov. 16, 2011
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's basketball team continues its seven-game road stretch this weekend when it heads to Sacramento State for a 7:05 p.m. showdown on Saturday, Nov. 19. The 49ers then make their way to Santa Clara where they will take on the Broncos at 7 p.m. on Monday (Nov. 21).
Fans can follow the 49ers all season long with every women's basketball game being broadcast live via Stretch Internet Radio on longbeachstate.com. David Bagga is LBSU's play-by-play announcer.
A GLANCE AT SACRAMENTO STATE
Sacramento State is searching for its first win as it fell to Cal State Fullerton (81-64) and No. 15 Oklahoma (117-55) last weekend. Sadie Clements paced the Hornets, averaging 11.5 points per game, while Emily Christensen chipped in 10.5 points per contest. Kylie Kuhns had a team-best 9.0 rebounds per outing.
Jamie Craighead is in her third season at the helm of the Sacramento State women's basketball program.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS
Santa Clara (1-1) defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 93-87, in its season opener before dropping an 83-71 decision at Fresno State. Meagan Fulps led the Broncos with 22.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Ashley Armstrong also averaged 17.0 points and 6.5 boards per outing, while Alyssa Shoji totaled 16.5 ppg.
Jennifer Mountain is in her fourth year as the head coach at Santa Clara.
The 49ers lead in their all-time series with Sacramento State, 4-1. The Hornets claimed their only win in the last meeting on Jan. 5, 1997, as they topped LBSU, 73-60, in Sacramento.
Long Beach State trails in its series with Santa Clara, 2-0. The Broncos defeated the 49ers, 70-55, in the most recent outing on Nov. 25, 2007, in Santa Clara.
CLARK'S BLOCK PARTY - THE SEQUEL
Sophomore Ella Clark has picked up right where she left off last season when she established a 49er freshman record with 55 blocks. In her first two games of the 2011-12 campaign, she has swatted away 13 shots, including a career-high seven against Utah Valley. That mark ranks her third in LBSU single-game history. The London native also leads the team with 14.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per outing.
LOOKING FOR MORE
Senior Tipesa Moorer (Harbor City, Calif.) is looking to play a part in the turnaround of the 49er women's basketball program in her final season at Long Beach State. LBSU hasn't had an overall winning record since 2005-06, although as a sophomore, Moorer helped the squad to a 9-7 finish in Big West play. So far, she is off to a great start as she notched her second career double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) in the 49ers' season-opening victory against Utah Valley.
BEST SUPPORTING ROLE
Redshirt freshman Alex Sanchez saw her first action as a 49er last weekend and leads the team in the assist column after the first two games. The Anaheim native dished out six assists, while adding five points and seven rebounds, in LBSU's season-opening win against Utah Valley. She also had five helpers and five boards at Syracuse. Sanchez ranks second in the Big West with 5.5 assists per game.
SHOW US WHAT YOU'VE GOT
Freshmen Bianka Balthazar and Lauren Spargo both had strong collegiate debuts last weekend as they are currently tied for second on the team with 8.5 points per game. Balthazar netted 11 points in the 49ers' season-opening victory against Utah Valley, and finished with six points and six rebounds at BIG EAST foe Syracuse.
Spargo compiled nine points and five rebounds vs. Utah Valley, and totaled eight points and five boards against the Orange. The Santa Clarita native also had three steals in both contests.
VALLES ON THE MOVE
Sophomore Sendy Valles, who was one of three freshmen that was thrust into the starting lineup last year, was forced to sit out the 49ers' first two games due to injury. In 2010-11, she showed vast improvements throughout the season. The Milliken, Colo., native averaged an identical 2.9 points and 2.9 rebounds over the first 18 games, but she started to find her rhythm after draining a then season-high 16 points at Pacific. Valles went on to average 11.5 points and 6.7 boards over the next six outings. She had a career-high 24 points in a win over UC Irvine and also grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds against Pacific. Valles finished the season with 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest.
Long Beach State heads back to New York next week as it is set to take on Columbia (Nov. 25) and Iona (Nov. 26) over Thanksgiving weekend.
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