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LBSU Women's Hoops Entertains Pepperdine and Omaha This Weekend

The 49ers will host back-to-back games this weekend as they are set to face Pepperdine on Saturday and Omaha on Sunday.
(Photo by John Fajardo)

Nov. 27, 2013

Pepperdine (2-4) at
Long Beach State (2-2)
Saturday, Nov. 30
Time: 2 p.m. (PST)
Location: Walter Pyramid
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Omaha (3-2) at
Long Beach State (2-2)
Sunday, Dec. 1
Time: 2 p.m. (PST)
Location: Walter Pyramid
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The Long Beach State women's basketball team is looking to extend its two-game winning streak this weekend when it entertains Pepperdine and Omaha. The 49ers will face the Waves on Saturday, Nov. 30, before squaring off against the Mavericks on Sunday, Dec. 1. Both contests are scheduled for a 2 p.m. start at the Walter Pyramid.

This is the first time since the 2005-06 season that LBSU will be hosting games on Thanksgiving weekend.

Fans can follow the 49ers all season long with every women's basketball game being broadcast live via Stretch Internet Radio on Tyler Hendrickson returns for his second year as LBSU's play-by-play announcer.

Pepperdine (2-4) suffered its third-straight setback with an 83-80 loss at Oregon on Monday. Bria Richardson leads three Waves in double figures with 18.0 points per game. Ea Shoushtari is also averaging 12.0 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds per outing.

Ryan Weisenberg is in his first year at the helm of the Pepperdine women's basketball program.

Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Pepperdine, 10-3. The two teams last met in 2006 when the Waves topped the 49ers, 69-42, in Malibu. LBSU owns a 5-1 record in the series when playing in Long Beach.

A 49er victory vs. Pepperdine on Saturday will mean:
- LBSU will extend its win streak to a season-long three games.
- LBSU will earn its third-straight triumph over a West Coast Conference team after going winless against the WCC in its first eight tries in the Jody Wynn era.

Omaha (3-2) is riding a three-game win streak into its Southern California road trip this weekend. The Mavericks will play at Cal State Bakersfield (Nov. 30) before making their way to Long Beach. Ericka House leads UNO with 15.8 points per game, while Brianna Bogard is also averaging 12.5 points per contest. Mikaela Shaw has registered a team-best 8.2 rebounds per outing. Omaha is under the direction of first-year interim head coach Brittany Lange.

This will mark the first meeting between Long Beach State and Omaha.

Over the last two-plus years, LBSU has been tough to beat at home. Since the start of the 2011-12 season, the 49ers have posted a 23-9 (.719) record at the Walter Pyramid.

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 (8-for-11) 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 continued her strong play in LBSU's home-opening win against Loyola Marymount, notching her first career double-double with a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds. She was recognized by College Sports Madness as the Madness Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her effort. Over the first four games, Benton is averaging 11.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting at a 45.2 percent clip.

Three of Long Beach State's five freshmen have reached double figures in scoring so far this season. In addition to Raven Benton's aforementioned performances, Anna Kim had 11 points at then No. 9 Cal and 10 points vs. LMU, while Bree Throop scored a team-best 11 points at Nevada. Madison Montgomery and Jewelyn Sawyer have not hit double digits yet, but both have been very consistent for the 49ers. Montgomery is averaging 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per outing, while Sawyer has registered 3.8 points and 4.3 boards per contest.

Junior Lauren Spargo, who has reached double figures in three of the 49ers' four games, is the team's leading scorer at 12.3 points per contest. After playing just five minutes in the first half due to precautionary reasons (head injury) at ninth-ranked Cal, Spargo came out of the break on a mission, accounting for the team's first nine points en route to a game-high 15. The Santa Clarita, Calif., native also had a season-best 16 points at San Francisco where she went 4-for-7 from 3-point range. Two of her treys came in the second overtime after being sidelined since the 19:10 mark of the second half when she picked up her fourth foul. Spargo also had 12 points in Long Beach State's home-opening win against Loyola Marymount.

Junior guard Alex Sanchez (Anaheim, Calif.) has continued to be LBSU's top all-around player as she is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.0 assists per game. She had a season-best 19 points and seven boards in a win at San Francisco, and came up with a career-high tying six steals vs. LMU. Sanchez, a two-time all-conference selection, was named to the six-player preseason All-Big West team.

After sitting out all of last year with an ACL injury, junior point guard Hallie Meneses is looking to make a big impact in her return to the court. She got off to a strong start in the season opener at No. 9 Cal, dishing out a game-high five assists. Meneses also had her best showing so far this season against Loyola Marymount as she totaled 11 points and four assists. She was 4-of-6 from the floor, with three of her field goals coming from behind the arc. As a sophomore in 2011-12, Meneses propelled the 49ers to their first appearance in the Big West Tournament finals since 2001. The San Francisco native was named to the Big West All-Tournament Team after averaging 10.3 points and 4.0 assists over the three-game span.

Ella Clark is tied for seventh among the 49er all-time leaders with 124 career blocks, while Lauren Spargo ranks ninth with 296 3-point field goals attempted and is 10th with 88 threes made.

The 49ers have turned the tables on an 0-12 stretch against the West Coast Conference as they are looking for their third-straight win against a WCC team this season when they face Pepperdine on Saturday. LBSU picked up its first victory against the WCC since Dec. 6, 2006, with an 85-82 double-overtime triumph at San Francisco. Long Beach State followed with a 76-66 win against Loyola Marymount, which also snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Lions.

Long Beach State will head to Tempe, Ariz., next weekend for the ASU Classic (Dec. 7-8). The 49ers are slated to open the two-day tournament against Harvard on Saturday, Dec. 7. Tip-off will be 25 minutes after the Sacred Heart-Arizona State game which begins at 2 p.m. (MT).



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