Nov. 16, 2012
The Long Beach State women's basketball team will be looking to snap a two-game skid on Sunday, Nov. 18, when it welcomes Pac-12 foe Washington to the Walter Pyramid for a 2 p.m. non-conference showdown.
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 HUSKIES
The University of Washington is off to a 2-0 start after defeating Saint Mary's, 70-68, in its season opener on Nov. 9. The Huskies picked up another two-point win on Wednesday (Nov. 13) when it topped Seattle in overtime, 77-75.
The 2011-12 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Jazmine Davis, leads UW with 23.0 points per game. Kristi Kingma is second on the team with 18.5 points per outing, while Talia Walton (16.0) and Mercedes Wetmore (10.0) are also averaging double figures in scoring.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Washington, 6-1, in the NCAA Division I era. The 49ers had won six in a row from 1984-1991, but the Huskies claimed the most recent meeting as the two teams faced each other for the first time in 20 years on Dec. 4, 2011.
Last season, LBSU made its way to Seattle for its seventh-straight road game and UW pulled away late in the first half for the 80-46 triumph. Alex Sanchez led all players with a career-high 20 points.
LAST TIME OUT
Long Beach State fought back from a 16-point deficit midway through the second half, but the 49ers' rally fell just short as they dropped a 58-52 decision to Loyola Marymount Thursday evening at Gersten Pavilion.
Bianka Balthazar paced LBSU with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Alex Sanchez finished with seven points and nine boards. Chantel Dooley, Devin Hudson and Mary Ochiltree also chipped in six points each.
BALTHAZAR BRINGS SPARK OFF THE BENCH
In her first appearance of the season, sophomore Bianka Balthazar came off the bench to spark the 49ers with a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds at Loyola Marymount. The Los Angeles, Calif., native went 6-for-11 from the field. Balthazar hit four of her first five shots over a two-minute span to help LBSU cut LMU's seven-point lead down to four in the first half. She also played a part in Long Beach State's 17-4 second-half run that nearly erased a 16-point deficit. Balthazar sat out the first two games of the season with a concussion.
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 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 7.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks over the 49ers' first three games. The London, England, native had 12 points in a win over Sacramento State and swatted away a season-high four shots at Loyola Marymount. As a true freshman in 2010-11, Clark had 55 blocks which ranked 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). Prior to their game at LMU, the 49ers' 3-point percentage (38.5) was slightly better than their overall field goal percentage (38.1).
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Dating back to last year, the 49ers have posted an 11-4 record when playing in front of their home crowd at the Walter Pyramid. In 2011-12, 10 of LBSU's 14 wins came in Long Beach.
LBSU PICKED TO FINISH FIFTH IN PRESEASON POLL
LBSU was picked to finish fifth in the Big West preseason poll as voted on by a panel of media members. The 49ers received one first-place vote and totaled 116 points. Cal State Northridge was tabbed as this year's favorite, compiling 161 points (six first-place votes), while Pacific was a close second with five first-place nods and 159 points. Reigning Big West Tournament champion UC Santa Barbara was selected to finish third (153) and two-time defending Big West regular season champion Cal Poly was fourth (127).
Long Beach State embarks on its first road trip of the season next week when it heads to Utah Valley (Nov. 23) and fourth-ranked Stanford (Nov. 25).
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