Nov. 29, 2011
Long Beach State (2-4) at
Date: Friday, Dec. 2
Time: 7 p.m. (PST)
Location: Connolly Center
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LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's basketball team closes out a season-long seven-game road stretch this weekend when it heads to the Pacific Northwest for a pair of non-conference games at Seattle and Pac-12 foe Washington.
The 49ers will square off against the Redhawks on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., before making their way to the University of Washington for a 2 p.m. showdown with the Huskies on Sunday (Dec. 4).
Fans can follow the 49ers all season long with every women's basketball game being broadcast live via Stretch Internet Radio on longbeachstate.com. David Bagga is LBSU's play-by-play announcer.
A GLANCE AT SEATTLE
Seattle is 2-4 after defeating San Francisco, 74-56, and falling to Akron, 85-74, in its own Thanksgiving tournament last weekend. Kacie Sowell has paced the Redhawks with a team-best 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Talisa Rhea is the squad's second leading scorer at 12.2 points per outing.
Joan Bonvicini is in her third season as the head coach at Seattle. Bonvicini has close ties to Long Beach State as she is the winningest coach in program history with a 325-71 record over 12 years (1979-1991). She led the 49ers to their two Final Four appearances in 1987 and 1988.
Long Beach State trails in its short series with Seattle, 1-0. The Redhawks topped the 49ers, 73-54, in the only meeting between the two teams last year at the Walter Pyramid (Feb. 4, 2011).
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Washington (3-2) split a pair of road games last week as it beat UC Santa Barbara, 46-37, before dropping a 63-51 decision to San Diego State. UW will play at Idaho before hosting the 49ers. Regina Rogers leads the Huskies with 17.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Jazmine Davis (11.4) and Mercedes Wetmore (10.0) are also averaging double figures in scoring.
Kevin McGuff is in his first season as the head coach at Washington. He had spent the previous nine years at Xavier where he compiled a 213-73 overall record.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Washington, 7-0, but the two teams haven't met in 20 years. The last outing was on Dec. 20, 1991, when the 49ers downed the Huskies, 73-57, in Long Beach.
MOORER DOUBLES UP
Senior Tipesa Moorer (Harbor City, Calif.) has reached double figures in scoring in five of Long Beach State's six games. She notched a double-double in the 49ers' season-opening win against Utah Valley with 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Moorer also had a season-best 17 points at Santa Clara, 13 points at Iona, 12 points at Sacramento State and 10 points at Columbia.
CLARK'S BLOCK PARTY - THE SEQUEL
Sophomore Ella Clark has picked up right where she left off last season when she established a 49er freshman record with 55 blocks. In 2011-12, she has swatted away a team-best 18 shots, including a career-high seven against Utah Valley. That mark ranks her third in LBSU single-game history. The London native is tops in the Big West with 3.0 blocks per game, and also ranks seventh in rebounding (7.0 rpg). Clark is the 49ers' second leading scorer with 10.8 points per contest.
Redshirt freshman Alex Sanchez leads the team with 26 assists and ranks third in the Big West with 4.33 helpers per contest. The Anaheim native is also second on the squad in rebounding (6.3 rpg) and fourth in scoring (8.3 ppg). She has reached double figures three times with a season-high 17 points at Sacramento State, 11 points at Columbia and 10 points at Santa Clara. Sanchez added a season-best 10 rebounds against the Hornets for her first career double-double.
SHOW US WHAT YOU'VE GOT
Freshmen Lauren Spargo and Bianka Balthazar have both had strong collegiate debuts at Long Beach State. Spargo had a breakout performance at Iona, going 6-for-11 from the field for a season-best 16 points, which was 10 above her average entering the game. On the season, the Santa Clarita native has posted solid numbers with 7.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals per contest.
Balthazar, who has been sidelined with an injury for the last four games, netted 11 points in the 49ers' season-opening victory against Utah Valley, and finished with six points and six rebounds at BIG EAST foe Syracuse. She is third on the squad with 8.5 points per game.
MCDONALD ON THE MOVE
Junior Jhakia McDonald, who sat out last season with an injury, got off to a slow start in her first action at Sacramento State where she did not score, but had two rebounds and two steals in 16 minutes. Since then, McDonald has averaged 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 21.7 minutes per game. The Anaheim native had a season-best 11 points in a win at Columbia.
MENESES MAKING WAVES
Hallie Meneses has started every game so far in her first year at Long Beach State. The sophomore transfer from the City College of San Francisco is averaging 4.3 points and 2.8 assists per outing. Meneses had her best performance of the season at Iona College where she finished with 12 points, seven assists and no turnovers.
HUDSON ON BOARD
Freshman Devin Hudson saw her first collegiate action at Sacramento State and Santa Clara after missing the 49ers' opening weekend recovering from a knee injury. The Ontario, Calif., native scored five points against the Hornets and finished with a team-best seven rebounds in just 10 minutes against the Broncos.
After embarking on a three-week road trek, Long Beach State will return to the friendly confines of the Walter Pyramid on Thursday, Dec. 8, when it entertains Nevada at 7 p.m.
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