Nov. 29, 2012
The Long Beach State women's basketball team will face a Pac-12 opponent for the third time in as many weeks when it plays host to Arizona at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.
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.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Arizona (5-2) has won its last two games, defeating North Texas, 71-66, on Wednesday, and topping Texas Southern, 65-59, on the final day of the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas last Saturday. Davellyn Whyte leads the Wildcats with 15.6 points and 4.9 assists per contest. Alli Gloyd (11.1 ppg) and Kama Griffitts (10.7 ppg) are also averaging double figures in scoring, while Erica Barnes is tops on the team with 6.9 rebounds per outing.
Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Arizona, 14-6, but the Wildcats have won six in a row. The 49ers' last victory came in Long Beach on Dec. 4, 1990 (106-62). LBSU is 8-2 against UA when playing at home. In the most recent outing on Dec. 11, 2011, Arizona pulled away late for the 66-42 victory at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz.
WITH A WIN...
A Long Beach State victory over Arizona on Sunday will mean:
- LBSU improves to 4-3 on the season, marking its best seven-game start since 2005-06.
- LBSU will have defeated two Pac-12 schools in the same season for the first time since 1999-00 when the 49ers topped Oregon State and USC.
- LBSU snaps a six-game losing streak to Arizona and improves to 15-6 in the series.
- LBSU improves to 135-75 all-time against current members of the Pac-12.
Sophomore Alex Sanchez has continued to produce in every aspect on the court. On the season, she leads the team with 14.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Sanchez registered a season-high 19 points in a 77-69 road win at Utah Valley. She also reached double figures with 18 points vs. Washington, 17 vs. Iona, 14 at Stanford and 11 vs. Sacramento State. In addition, Sanchez notched season bests 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 against Washington on Nov. 18. 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.
MORE ON HUDSON
After posting a season-high 12 points vs. Washington, Devin Hudson totaled 11 points and a season-best nine rebounds at Utah Valley. She also registered seven points and seven boards at No. 1 Stanford. Over the last three games, Hudson is averaging 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds.
BALTHAZAR BRINGS SPARK OFF THE BENCH
In her first appearance of the season, sophomore Bianka Balthazar came off the bench to spark the 49ers with a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds at Loyola Marymount. She went 6-for-11 from the field and hit four of her first five shots over a two-minute span. Balthazar also came off the bench to score eight points at Stanford. As a reserve, Balthazar is averaging 11.0 points and 5.5 rebounds, while she has registered just 1.5 points and 2.0 boards per outing as a starter. Balthazar sat out the first two games with a concussion.
DOOLEY DOES MORE THAN DEFEND
Sophomore Chantel Dooley is known as a lock-down defender, but in LBSU's season-opening weekend, she also proved to be an offensive threat. Against Sacramento State, the 5-foot-8 guard drained a career-high 19 points as she went 7-for-13 from the field and made all four of her free throws. In a narrow 60-58 loss to Iona, Dooley again reached double figures with 11 points. She also had 12 points at Utah Valley. Dooley continues to be one of Long Beach State's top defenders with a team-best 13 steals, seven of which came against Sacramento State.
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 led the Big West in 3-point field goals attempted (122) and ranked second with 37 3-point field goals made.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Dating back to last year, LBSU has posted a 12-4 record when playing in front of its home crowd at the Walter Pyramid. In 2011-12, 10 of the 49ers' 14 wins came in Long Beach.
Long Beach State has a one-week layoff before welcoming Santa Clara to the Walter Pyramid for a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday, Dec. 9.
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