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49ers host Santa Clara in lone game this weekend

The 49ers will host Santa Clara in an afternoon game at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Dec. 6, 2012

Santa Clara (3-4, 0-0 West Coast) at
Long Beach State (4-3, 0-0 Big West)
Sunday, Dec. 9
Time: 2 p.m. (PST)
Location: Walter Pyramid (4,200)
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The Last Meeting
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November 21, 2011
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49ers watch early lead slip away in 73-63 loss at Santa Clara
Santa Clara pulled ahead late in the second half to defeat the Long Beach State women's basketball team, 73-63, Monday evening at the Leavey Center.

The Long Beach State women's basketball team will be searching for its fourth victory in its last five games when it plays host to Santa Clara on Sunday, Dec. 9. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid.

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

Santa Clara brings a 3-4 overall record to Long Beach as it dropped a 70-67 decision to Cal State Northridge in its last outing on Nov. 29. Meagan Fulps is the Broncos' leading scorer with 14.6 points per game. Ruta Zurauskyte is also averaging 11.0 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds per contest.

Long Beach State is looking for its first win over Santa Clara as it currently trails in the all-time series, 3-0. The first meeting between the two teams in 2006 was the only one that took place in Long Beach. In the most recent outing on Dec. 21, 2011, the Broncos erased an early 16-point deficit to top the 49ers, 73-63, at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara.

A Long Beach State victory over Santa Clara on Sunday will mean:
- LBSU will have won four of its last five games with its only loss during that span coming at top-ranked Stanford.
- LBSU will start the month of December at 2-0 for the first time since 2005-06.
- LBSU improves to 5-3 overall, marking the first time in 21 years that the 49ers will be over .500 after eight games. In 1991-92, Long Beach State started the season at 6-2 and eventually went on to make its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance.
- LBSU will get its first win against Santa Clara in four tries.
- LBSU will improve to 30-26 all-time against current members of the West Coast Conference.

Long Beach State recovered from a slow start and overcame a 14-point deficit to down Arizona, 71-61, last Sunday at the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers, who outscored the Wildcats by 15 in the second half, improved to 4-3 overall, their best seven-game start since the 2005-06 campaign. It also marked the first time in 13 years that LBSU defeated two Pac-12 schools in the same season as it previously topped Washington (Nov. 18).

Dating back to last year, LBSU has posted a 13-4 record when playing in front of its home crowd at the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers are 3-1 this season, and in 2011-12, 10 of their 14 wins came in Long Beach.

Long Beach State won the battle on the boards for just the second time this season when it outrebounded Arizona, 43-27, on Dec. 2. The plus-16 margin was LBSU's largest since owning a 44-28 edge against Columbia on Nov. 25, 2011. LBSU also outrebounded Utah Valley, 43-36, on Nov. 23.

Sophomore Alex Sanchez has continued to produce in every aspect on the court. On the season, she leads the team with 14.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest. Sanchez has reached double figures in all but one game and registered a season-high 19 points in a 77-69 road win at Utah Valley. She has led LBSU in scoring five times and has finished tops on the team in assists on six occassions.

Sophomore Devin Hudson posted the 49ers' first double-double of the season in a 71-61 victory over Arizona. Hudson finished with 10 points and a season-best 12 rebounds.

Since notching a season-high 12 points vs. Washington on Nov. 18, Devin Hudson has been one of Long Beach State's most consistent performers. She had her fourth career double-double vs. Arizona, totaled 11 points and nine rebounds at Utah Valley, and also finished with seven points and seven boards at No. 1 Stanford. Over the last four games, Hudson is averaging 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds.

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 (Nov. 15). 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 12 points vs. Arizona and eight at Stanford. In three games as a reserve, Balthazar is averaging 11.3 points and 4.7 rebounds, while she has registered just 1.5 points and 2.0 boards in two starts. Balthazar sat out the first two games with a concussion.

Long Beach State returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 15, when it heads south to the University of San Diego for a 2 p.m. tilt with the Toreros.



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