Nov. 20, 2013
After hitting the road for its first three games of the season, the Long Beach State women's basketball team will finally get the opportunity to play in front of its home crowd at the Walter Pyramid as the 49ers are set to host Loyola Marymount in their home opener at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.
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.
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 Saturday's home opener against LMU. All tickets are priced at $5 and 50 percent of the proceeds will be going 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."
WITH A WIN...
A 49er victory vs. LMU on Saturday will mean:
- LBSU will earn its first win against LMU since 1996, snapping a 12-game losing streak in the process.
- LBSU will pick up its second-straight win over a West Coast Conference team.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Loyola Marymount (1-2) picked up its first win of the season last weekend when it topped New Mexico State, 81-64. Deanna Johnson is the Lions' top scorer at 11.3 points per game, while Hazel Ramirez is averaging 11.0 points and a team-best 3.7 assists per outing. Mackenzie Kerins also leads the way on the boards with 9.3 rebounds per contest. LMU will play at Oregon State (Nov. 21) prior to making its way to Long Beach.
Long Beach State trails in its all-time series with Loyola Marymount, 12-3. After claiming the first three games in the series, the 49ers have gone winless in the last 12 meetings. LBSU's last victory over the Lions came on Dec. 15, 1996.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Over the last two years, LBSU has been tough to beat at home. Since the start of the 2011-12 season, the 49ers have posted a 22-9 (.710) record at the Walter Pyramid.
Long Beach State improved to 24-15 all-time in overtime games, and is now 7-3 in contests that have required two extra periods, after its 85-82 victory at San Francisco. The 49ers have won their last two double overtime games as they also defeated Cal State Northridge, 75-72, on the road on Feb. 11, 2012.
THE FRESHMAN SHOW
Three of Long Beach State's five freshmen have reached double figures in scoring so far this season. Anna Kim started things off with an 11-point performance in the opener at Cal, and Bree Throop followed with 11 points at Nevada. Raven Benton then had a huge game at San Francisco, registering 22 points in the 49ers' 85-82 double-overtime win.
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 had a season-best 16 points at San Francisco. She went 4-for-7 from 3-point range, with two of her treys coming in the second overtime after coming off the bench for the first time since the 19:10 mark of the second half when she picked up her fourth foul. Spargo is tops on the team with 12.3 points per outing.
Freshman Raven Benton (Federal Way, Wash.) had a breakout performance in an 85-82 double-overtime victory at San Francisco. The 5-foot-10 guard registered a game-high 22 points to go along with a team-best nine rebounds. She carried the 49ers late in the game as 16 of her 22 came after intermission. Benton finished the afternoon going 8-for-11 from the field. She also totaled eight points, six rebounds and three steals at Nevada.
FILLING UP THE STAT SHEET
Junior guard Alex Sanchez (Anaheim, Calif.) has continued to be LBSU's top all-around player as she is averaging 11.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. She had a season-best 19 points and seven boards in a win at San Francisco. Sanchez, a two-time all-conference selection, was named to the six-player preseason All-Big West team.
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid on Thanksgiving weekend when it entertains Pepperdine (Nov. 30) and Nebraska-Omaha (Dec. 1).
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