The 49ers will head to Utah Valley on Friday before making their way to No. 1 Stanford on Sunday.
Nov. 20, 2012
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.
A GLANCE AT UTAH VALLEY
Utah Valley dropped a pair of road games at San Jose State and Santa Clara last weekend to fall to 1-3 on the season. The Wolverines will play at Sacramento State on Tuesday, Nov. 20, before returning to Orem, Utah, to host the 49ers. Sammie Jensen leads the team in scoring (19.8 ppg) and rebounding (13.3 ppg).
Cathy Nixon is in her 18th year at the helm of the Utah Valley women's basketball program.
Long Beach State leads in its short series with Utah Valley, 1-0. The two teams met for the first time in 2011 as the 49ers topped the Wolverines, 75-43, in their season opener at the Walter Pyramid (Nov. 11). Ella Clark led LBSU with 16 points, while Bianka Balthazar finished with 11.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
No. 1 Stanford (5-0) is coming off three wins at the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic, which included a 71-69 victory over then top-ranked Baylor, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Cardinal snapped the Bears' 42-game winning streak. Chiney Ogwumike leads Stanford with 20.6 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. Joslyn Tinkle (18.2 ppg) and Amber Orrange (13.0 ppg) are also averaging double figures in scoring, while Orrange is tops on the team with 5.6 assists per outing.
Tara VanDerveer is in her 28th year at the helm of the Stanford program. During her tenure, VanDerveer has led the Cardinal to two NCAA Championships, 10 Final Four appearances, 24 trips to the NCAA Tournament and 20 Pac-12 Conference titles.
In the NCAA Division I era, Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Stanford, 7-5, but the Cardinal are on a five-game winning streak. During that span, Stanford has reached the century mark three times and has won by an average of 34.4 points. This will mark the first meeting between the two teams in 19 years.
IN THE RANKINGS
Stanford moved up three spots to No. 1 in the most recent AP Top 25 poll released Nov. 19. Sunday's game will mark the 49ers' first contest against a team featured in the national rankings since a 51-46 upset over No. 24 USC on Nov. 23, 2005. It is also LBSU's first meeting with a top-ranked opponent since 1989 when it dropped a 94-80 decision to No. 1 Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament.
LAST TIME OUT
Behind a season-high 18 points from Alex Sanchez, Long Beach State upended Pac-12 foe Washington, 71-62, at the Walter Pyramid on Sunday, Nov. 18. The 49ers got off to a strong start and led by as many as 20 before holding off a late run by the Huskies. Sanchez added a game-high seven assists, while Lauren Spargo went 4-for-7 from 3-point range to finish with 13 points. Devin Hudson also totaled 12 points and Jade Wilson had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Sophomore Alex Sanchez has continued to produce in every aspect on the court. On the season, she leads the team with 13.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Sanchez registered a season-high 18 points in a 71-62 win over Washington, topping her previous best of 17, which she had established against Iona. Sanchez has also notched season highs in assists (7) and rebounds (9) on two occasions.
Sophomore Devin Hudson (6-foot-3) and junior Jade Wilson (6-foot-2) both had breakout performances in a win over Washington. The duo combined for 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting. Wilson posted a season-high 11 points and eight rebounds, while Hudson also finished with a season-best 12 points.
Sophomore forward Ella Clark, who was granted a medical redshirt last season, has averaged 7.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over the 49ers' first four 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. She also totaled a season-best seven rebounds vs. Washington, including two key offensive boards in the final minute of the 71-62 win.
SPARGO FOR THREE
Sophomore Lauren Spargo has made a team-best seven 3-pointers on the young season. She had three treys in the season opener vs. Sacramento State and then matched her career high with four 3-pointers against Washington. Spargo finished with 13 points in both contests. The 49ers seem to feed off the strong shooting of Spargo as they won both games in which she made multiple threes. In their two losses, Spargo went a combined 0-for-5 from behind the arc.
Long Beach State has twice shot over 40 percent from behind the arc and made a season-high 10 3-pointers against Washington. Heading into this week, the 49ers lead the Big West in 3-point field goal percentage (37.0), 3-point field goals made (27) and 3-point field goals attempted (73).
Long Beach State returns to the friendly confines of the Walter Pyramid on Sunday, Dec. 2, when it hosts Arizona at 1 p.m.
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