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The Beach Head Back to Arizona to Take on Grand Canyon

Dec. 5, 2017

GAME #9
Long Beach State (1-7) at Grand Canyon (2-6)

Date: Thursday, Dec. 7
Time: 6 p.m. (PT)
Arena: GCU Arena (7,000)
Location: Phoenix, Ariz.
Live Stats: StatBroadcast.com
Radio: 22WestMedia.com
Radio Talent: Jay Holloway
Live Stream: ESPN3

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The Beach Head Back to Arizona to Take on Grand Canyon
The Long Beach State women's basketball team closes out its six-game road swing with a trip back to the state of Arizona. This time the Beach will play Grand Canyon in Phoenix on Thursday, December 7 at 6 p.m. (PT). The game will be televised on ESPN3.

Quick Hits
• The Beach recorded their first win of the 2017-18 season with an 80-72 victory over Arizona last Tuesday as five LBSU student-athletes reached double-figures. The win also marked a milestone in first year head coach Jeff Cammon's career as it was Cammon's first-career victory at the helm.
• Long Beach State is averaging 11.6 steals per game which leads the Big West. The Beach have led the league in steals in each of the last four seasons. LBSU's 93 steals on the year not only leads the league, but is also good for 20th in the country.
• In addition to leading the league in steals, Long Beach State also leads the Big West in turnovers forced with 21.38 per contest which also ranks 37th in the nation.
• Senior guard Cecily Wilson leads the Beach with 21 steals, which is also tops in the Big West and 54th in the nation.
• Freshman guard Shanaijah Davison has been on fire offensively. She is currently leading the team with 15.5 points per game as she has recorded six double-figure scoring games and three 20-plus point showings in just seven games.
• Wilson and junior guard Martina McCowan are packing the 1-2 punch in steals in the Big West Conference. Wilson leads the league with 21, while McCowan is second with 18.
• Most recently, Wilson was named to the Lady Griz All-Tournament Team after recording her first-career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds at Montana.

Scouting the Lopes
Grand Canyon comes into the game against Long Beach State with a 2-6 overall record and a 1-2 ledger when playing at home. The Lopes' two wins came against Benedictine Mesa (67-53) and Florida Atlantic (77-73, 2OT). They are coming off of a 69-60 loss to Bethune-Cookman and will be returning to Phoenix for the first time since before Thanksgiving.

The Lopes boast three double-figure scorers led by Brie Mobley who averages 20.8 points per game to go along with a team-best 7.0 rebounds per contest. Mobley is second on the squad with 26 assists and nine steals. Despite her solid efforts on the court, she also has turned the ball over 21 times.

Jessica Gajewski and August Touchard average 12.9 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Touchard is the team leader in assists (28) and steals (15).

GCU is averaging 64.4 points per game, while allowing 71.1. The Lopes have been outscored in each quarter of action this season with the exception of the fourth in which Grand Canyon has led opponents 134-119.

Series vs. Grand Canyon
Long Beach State and Grand Canyon have never faced off on the basketball court before. Thursday's contest between the two teams, will be the first in women's basketball program history.

Coming Up
Long Beach State finally returns home to the Walter Pyramid after six games in four weeks on the road. The Beach will host No. 11 Tennessee on Sunday, December 17 at 2 p.m. The contest will be the first meeting for the two teams since 1989. In 1989, the Beach and the Lady Vols met twice - once in the NCAA Tournament when Tennessee ended LBSU's season with a 94-80 win on March 25, and again the following season on December 19, 1989 when the Beach got revenge and held off the Lady Vols by a score of 62-58 inside the Walter Pyramid.


 

 

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