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Long Beach State Begins Busy Week with Tuesday Game Against Miami University
The 49ers kick-off a busy week against Miami on Tuesday, Dec. 17.<br><i>(Photo by John Fajardo)</I>

The 49ers kick-off a busy week against Miami on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
(Photo by John Fajardo)

Dec. 16, 2013

Miami University (3-5) at
Long Beach State (5-4)
Tuesday, Dec. 17
Time: 7 p.m. (PST)
Location: Walter Pyramid
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The Long Beach State women's basketball team is looking to get back into the win column as it begins a busy week by hosting Miami University on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Tip-off is set for 7 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 longbeachstate.com. Tyler Hendrickson returns for his second year as LBSU's play-by-play announcer.

Miami, winners of its last two games, will bring a 3-5 record into Tuesday night's contest. The RedHawks were last in action on Saturday, Dec. 7, when they topped Northern Kentucky, 76-66. Hannah Robertson leads the squad with 12.8 points per game, while Nicole Anderson is also averaging 10.1 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per outing.

Cleve Wright is in his first season at the helm of the Miami women's basketball program. He joined the RedHawks after 11 years at NCAA Division II Gannon University (Pa.) where he compiled a 233-100 overall record.

This will mark the first meeting between Long Beach State and Miami.

Long Beach State is 1-0 against the Mid-American Conference in the Jody Wynn era as the 49ers defeated Western Michigan, 76-56, in the 2011 edition of the Beach Classic. Overall, LBSU is 2-4 vs. current teams in the MAC.

Over the last two-plus years, LBSU has been tough to beat at home. Since the start of the 2011-12 season, the 49ers have posted a 25-10 (.714) record at the Walter Pyramid. Long Beach State is 3-1 at home this year.

Despite recent losses to the Pac-12's Arizona State and an undefeated San Diego team, Long Beach State is still off to its best start in seven years. With a record of 5-4, the 49ers are also over .500 after the first nine games for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign.

Long Beach State is tops in the Big West with 11.2 steals per game. LBSU has had 10 or more steals in six contests, including a season-high 18 against Harvard. Four 49ers also rank among the conference's individual top-10. Anna Kim and Jade Wilson lead the quartet as they are tied for third with 2.0 steals per outing.

Freshman Raven Benton has posted seven consecutive double-figure scoring games, with two of those coming in the form of 20-point performances as she netted a career-high 22 in a double-overtime victory at San Francisco, and finished with 21 points in 21 minutes played vs. Harvard in the first round of the ASU Classic. She added 16 points in 13 minutes of action in the championship game at tournament host Arizona State, earning her all-tournament honors. Benton also notched 18 points vs. San Diego and registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds against Loyola Marymount. In addition, she had 11 points vs. Pepperdine and 10 vs. Omaha. On the year, Benton is averaging a team-high 13.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per outing, while shooting at a 45.3 percent clip. She has also gotten herself to the free throw line 66 times where she has made 72.2 percent of her attempts.

Junior guard Alex Sanchez (Anaheim, Calif.) has continued to be LBSU's top all-around player as she is averaging 10.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.8 assists per game. She drained a career-high 24 points on a 10-for-15 shooting performance in a narrow 74-67 overtime loss at Arizona State. Sanchez also finished with 19 points and a season-best seven boards in a win at San Francisco, and came up with a career-high tying six steals vs. LMU. Sanchez, a two-time all-conference selection, was named to the six-player preseason All-Big West team.

After sitting out all of last year with an ACL injury, junior point guard Hallie Meneses has not missed a beat in her return as the 49ers' floor leader. She had a career-high tying eight assists and four steals to go along with 11 points in a comeback win vs. Harvard at the ASU Classic. Over the two-day tournament, Meneses averaged 6.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game. The San Francisco, Calif., native also registered 11 points against Loyola Marymount, where she went 4-for-6 from the floor with three of her field goals coming from behind the arc. In addition, she compiled four assists vs. LMU, seven vs. Pepperdine and six vs. Omaha. Meneses ranks fourth in the Big West with a team-high 4.3 assists per outing.

After averaging just 3.8 points over the first five games, junior forward Ella Clark (London, England) has come alive on the offensive end, increasing her average to 12.8 points over the last four contests. She erupted for a career-high 19 in a 77-61 win against Omaha, where she was 8-of-14 from the floor with a trio of 3-pointers. Clark then posted her second-straight double-figure game with a 17-point performance in a comeback victory over Harvard. She made a career-high five treys, including four in the second half. Clark is tops on the team with 15 threes made and 14 blocked shots.

Jade Wilson, the 49ers' only senior this year, has started every game and is averaging 4.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per outing. She registered eight points and seven rebounds in wins at San Francisco and vs. Harvard, and also had a team-best seven boards and two steals at Pac-12 foes Cal and Arizona State. Wilson added four points, four steals and three blocks vs. Pepperdine.

Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid for two more games this weekend when it hosts the Beach Classic, Dec. 20-21. The 49ers will open the tournament on Friday with a 5 p.m. contest against Richmond.