Dec. 13, 2011
BEACH CLASSIC PRESENTED BY RESIDENCE INN/COURTYARD MARRIOTT
Western Michigan (2-6) at
Long Beach State (3-7)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 18
Time: 3 p.m. (PST)
Location: Walter Pyramid
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LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State women's basketball team begins a six-game homestand this weekend when it entertains Dartmouth in a 7 p.m. non-conference showdown on Friday, Dec. 16.
The 49ers will then close out their non-conference slate by hosting the second annual Beach Classic Presented by Residence Inn/Courtyard Marriott, Dec. 18-19. LBSU opens the tournament against Western Michigan Sunday at 3 p.m., before squaring off against either Wichita State or the University of Texas-Arlington at 5 p.m. on Monday.
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 DARTMOUTH
Dartmouth enters Friday's match-up with a 2-6 overall record. The Big Green have dropped their last four games, including a 60-42 loss to Hartford on Monday. Faziah Steen is the only player averaging double figures as she leads the team with 14.8 points per game. Tia Dawson is Dartmouth's top rebounder at 6.1 boards per outing.
Long Beach State leads in its short series with Dartmouth, 1-0. The two schools haven't met since 1985 when the 49ers routed the Big Green, 104-46, in Long Beach.
SCOUTING THE BEACH CLASSIC FIELD
Western Michigan (2-6) opened the season with five consecutive losses before winning two of their last three games. Last Saturday, the Broncos defeated Southeast Missouri, 67-34. Miame Giden leads the squad with 11.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while Corie Buchanan has dished out a team-best 3.8 assists per contest.
Wichita State improved to 4-5 with a 69-56 victory at UT San Antonio last Friday. The Shockers are set to face off against the University of Texas Arlington in the first game of the Beach Classic. Jessica Diamond (12.4 ppg) and Haleigh Lankster (10.6 ppg) are the team's top two scorers, while Chynna Turner leads the way on the boards with 7.0 rebounds per game.
UT Arlington enters the week with a 1-5 record as they dropped their last two games at Memphis (77-60) and at Texas Tech (88-48). Chauntandra Williams has paced the Mavericks with 8.4 points per game and Kiara Parker is the team's leading rebounder at 5.6 boards per outing.
Long Beach State trails in its all-time series with Western Michigan, 1-0. The Broncos edged the 49ers, 88-80, in the only meeting between the two teams on Dec. 27, 1993, in Long Beach.
LBSU leads in its series with Wichita State, 1-0, and has never faced UT Arlington.
MOORER DOUBLES UP
Senior Tipesa Moorer (Harbor City, Calif.) has reached double figures in scoring in seven of Long Beach State's 10 games. She already has two double-doubles on the year as she finished with a season-high 18 points and 11 rebounds in an overtime win against Nevada, and registered 13 points and 11 boards in the opener vs. Utah Valley. Moorer also had 17 points at Santa Clara, 14 points at Arizona, 13 points at Iona, 12 points at Sacramento State and 10 points at Columbia. On the year, she is tops on the team and ranks 13th in the Big West with 11.3 points per outing.
Redshirt freshman Alex Sanchez is tied for first on the team with 28 assists, while she also ranks second in rebounding (5.7 rpg) and third in scoring (8.9 ppg). The Anaheim native has reached double figures five times with a career-high 20 points at Washington, 17 points at Sacramento State, 11 points at Columbia and vs. Nevada, and 10 points at Santa Clara. Sanchez added a season-best 10 rebounds against the Hornets for her first career double-double. She also dished out a season-high six assists vs. Utah Valley and at Iona.
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 5.0 points and 2.8 assists per outing. Meneses scored a season-high 14 points at Seattle and had her best all-around performance at Iona College where she finished with 12 points, seven assists and no turnovers. She also had seven helpers in an overtime win against Nevada.
BETTER AT HOME
Long Beach State is off to a 3-7 start, but has played eight of its first 10 games on the road. The 49ers are 2-0 at home as they opened the season with a 75-43 rout of Utah Valley on Nov. 11, before topping Nevada in overtime, 61-58, nearly a month later on Dec. 8. Three players are averaging double figures in home games. Ella Clark is at 16.0 ppg, while Tipesa Moorer has registered 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per outing. Bianka Balthazar rounds out the trio with 13.5 points per contest.
Long Beach State has a nine-day layoff before beginning Big West Conference play against UC Riverside on Thursday, Dec. 29. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid.
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