Nov. 16, 2013
The Long Beach State women's basketball team will be looking for its first win of the season when it faces the University of San Francisco on Sunday, Nov. 17. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at War Memorial Gym.
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 returns for his second year as LBSU's play-by-play announcer.
SCOUTING THE DONS
San Francisco (1-1) earned a split in its season-opening weekend in New York. USF started the trip with an 80-66 loss to Fordham, before coming back two days later to top Columbia, 83-69. Taj Winston averaged a team-high 18.0 points per game, while Rachel Howard registered 17.0 points per outing and shot 55.6 percent from 3-point range.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with San Francisco, 5-3. The two teams last met in 2005, when the 49ers came away with a 58-52 overtime victory in Long Beach.
Sunday's game at USF will be a homecoming of sorts for Hallie Meneses. Meneses grew up in San Francisco, prepping at Abraham Lincoln High School. She also played one year at the City College of San Francisco before transferring to The Beach.
SPARGO HEATS UP
After playing just five minutes in the first half due to precautionary reasons (head injury) at ninth-ranked Cal, junior Lauren Spargo came out of the break on a mission as she scored the 49ers' first nine points en route to a game-high 15. She was 6-for-12 from the floor in the second period. The Santa Clarita, Calif., native also totaled three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Freshman Anna Kim made a statement in her collegiate debut at No. 9 Cal as she registered 11 points, four rebounds and two assists. The Fullerton, Calif., native was the only 49er to shoot over 50 percent from the field as she made four of her seven attempts. Classmate Jewelyn Sawyer also had a solid performance with seven points, four rebounds and two blocks.
In the second game of the season at Nevada, freshmen Bree Throop, Madison Montgomery and Raven Benton all showed their potential. Throop scored a team-best 11 points, while Montgomery finished with nine. Benton chipped in eight points, six rebounds and three steals. None of the three played more than 18 minutes.
AGAINST THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
Long Beach State will be looking for its first win over a West Coast Conference team in its last nine tries when it tangles with San Francisco on Sunday. The 49ers are 0-8 against the WCC in the Jody Wynn era.
PACKING THE `MID FOR A CAUSE
Long Beach State has teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House to present a `Pack the Pyramid Night' for the 49ers' home opener against Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Nov. 23. All tickets will be priced at $5 and 50 percent of the proceeds will go back to the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.
"Teaming up with the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House to Pack the Pyramid is a win-win situation for all," LBSU head coach Jody Wynn said. "Not only will our team feel an incredible atmosphere on the basketball court, but more importantly, we are excited to give back to an amazing organization that supports our children and families in the community."
Long Beach State will host Loyola Marymount in its home opener on Saturday, Nov. 23. Game time is set for 4 p.m. (PST).
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