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Long Beach State set for Saturday contest at University of San Diego

The 49ers will head south to San Diego for a 2 p.m. game against the Toreros on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Dec. 12, 2012

Long Beach State (4-4, 0-0 Big West) at
University of San Diego (6-3, 0-0 West Coast)
Saturday, Dec. 15
Time: 2 p.m. (PST)
Location: Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100)
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The Long Beach State women's basketball team will travel south for an afternoon contest at the University of San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

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.

After seeing its five-game win streak come to an end against cross-town rival San Diego State last weekend, the University of San Diego (6-3) suffered its second-straight loss, falling 72-39 at Arizona State on Dec. 12. Amy Kame leads the Toreros with a team-best 15.3 points and 4.6 assists per outing, while Klara Wischer is tops on the squad with 8.2 rebounds per contest.

Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with San Diego, 7-5, but has come up short in the last two meetings. In the most recent outing on Dec. 8, 2010, the Toreros emerged with a 68-53 win at the Walter Pyramid.

A Long Beach State victory over San Diego on Saturday will mean:
- LBSU improves to 5-4 overall, marking the first time since 2005-06 that the 49ers will be over .500 after the first nine games.
- LBSU will snap a two-game losing streak to San Diego and improve to 8-5 in the all-time series.
- LBSU will get its first win over a West Coast Conference opponent in the Jody Wynn era.
- LBSU will also pick up its first victory over a West Coast Conference foe in 12 tries. The 49ers' last triumph over the WCC was on Dec. 6, 2006, when they defeated San Diego, 53-37.

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 a season-best 15 points vs. Santa Clara, 12 points vs. Arizona and eight points at Stanford. As a reserve, Balthazar is averaging 12.3 points and 4.0 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.

Sophomore Alex Sanchez has continued to produce in every aspect on the court. On the season, she leads the team with 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest. Sanchez has reached double figures in all but two games 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 on Dec. 2. 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 five games, Hudson is averaging 9.0 points and 7.6 rebounds.

Long Beach State has had six games that were decided by less than 10 points this year and LBSU is 3-3 in those contests. The 49ers started the season by holding on for a 74-71 victory over Sacramento State before falling to Iona, 60-58, on a buzzer beater. They suffered another loss at the buzzer against Santa Clara when the Broncos scored the game-winning basket with 0.3 seconds on the clock. LBSU also defeated Washington by nine and Utah Valley by eight, while dropping a six-point decision at Loyola Marymount. Long Beach State's only double-figure loss came at No. 1 Stanford and its lone double-figure win was a 71-61 triumph over Arizona.

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.

Long Beach State has shot over 40 percent from beyond the arc three times and made a season-high 10 3-pointers against Washington on Nov. 18. Heading into this week, the 49ers ranked third in the Big West in 3-point field goals made (50) and 3-point field goals attempted (159), and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (31.4). On the year, LBSU is averaging 19.9 attempts per game from downtown.

Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid next week for the third annual Beach Classic (Dec. 20-21). The 49ers open the four-team tournament on Thursday, Dec. 20, with a 5 p.m. game against Canisius College.



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