Poor first half dooms ‘Niners

Box scoreThe Long Beach State women's basketball team wasn't able to contain the UC Irvine Anteaters in the paint as they were defeated, 68-62, at the Walter Pyramid on Saturday evening. Senior Lynea Williams led the 49ers in scoring for the second game in a row with 16 points and four rebounds off the bench. Junior Whitney Fields added 14 points with the help of 8-of-8 free-throw shooting, despite a poor shooting night from the field. Williams drove the ball inside and got good looks throughout the game; she went 8-of-12 from the field."My plan is to play hard when I come into the game," she said. "There isn't anyone in the conference that can really stop me because of my speed."Irvine guard Rebecca Maessen led all scorers with 24 and pulled down eight rebounds for the Anteaters. Maessen shot 50% from the field; including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Anteater center Kim Barnes, who averages 2.3 points a game, was able to score an efficient 10 points on eight shots.LBSU (4-16, 1-7 Big West Conference) gave up 42 points in the first half to an Irvine team that has averaged 49.6 points per game this season."We were slow on our

By | 2009-01-31T00:00:00+00:00 Jan 31, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Basketball|

LBSU women come from behind for first Big West win

Box scoreFULLERTON, Calif. — The Long Beach State women's basketball team ended an eight-game losing skid Thursday night with a 54-51 win over Cal State Fullerton at Titan Gym.Senior Lynea Williams led all scorers with 13 points off the bench while grabbing four rebounds, and junior Courtney Jacob added 11 points in 30 minutes.Fullerton center Toni Thomas led the Titans with 10 points and 14 rebounds in 34 minutes. Thomas hit both of her free throws with 15 seconds left to pull her team within a point.Ally Wade scored five points, including hitting the 49ers' only 3-pointer of the night, which put the team up by six with 2:08 left in the game. Wade hit two free throws with 11 seconds left to secure the win.LBSU (4-15, 1-6 Big West Conference) got off to a slow start, finding themselves in a 14-0 hole four minutes into the game."That's how it's been lately, with slow starts. Our plan was to fix that tonight," Jacob said.During a 30-second timeout, the team decided not to let it turn into another game where they lose it at the beginning. The team was able to cut the lead to eight points by halftime.The 49ers shot

By | 2009-01-29T00:00:00+00:00 Jan 29, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Basketball|

Beach softball debuts in ranking

Complete preseason Top-25 PollThe Long Beach State softball team debuted at No. 20 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason poll released on Tuesday.LBSU, also picked to finish first in the Big West Conference by the coaches, tallied 120 points and was the only Big West team to crack the Top 25. "I definitely think it's a compliment to last year's team and the returners," head coach Kim Sowder said. "We're very excited about 2009."The 49ers' marquee returning player is sophomore pitcher and 2008 All-American Brooke Turner. The reigning Big West Pitcher of the Year compiled a 27-6 record and a 0.80 ERA last season to lead the ‘Niners to their 18th postseason appearance. "We have good balance of veterans and newcomers," Sowder said. "They put in a lot of work over the fall. Our veterans are setting high expectations for the newcomers."The Florida Gators of the Southeastern Conference were the preseason No. 1, grabbing 18 of the 20 first-place votes. Defending national champion Arizona State of the Pacific-10 Conference placed at No. 3 with one first-place vote.The 49ers are scheduled to play a three-game series against the Sun Devils from March 20-21 in Tempe, Ariz. Sowder said the date with the

By | 2009-01-29T00:00:00+00:00 Jan 29, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Softball, Sports|

Hegarty hopeful for first conference win

LaTorya Barbee has made a quick recovery after undergoing surgery in December and may be available to play tonight against host Cal State Fullerton.Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Titan Gym.Long Beach State (3-15) is currently in last place with an 0-6 record in the Big West Conference and injuries have been a great factor during the season.Barbee had been sidelined for the season due to a foot fracture since Nov. 16. But the sophomore guard might be available for head coach Mary Hegarty, who is enthusiastic about her return."We are finally given a break on the injuries," Hegarty said after Tuesday's practice."[Barbee] gives us quick athleticism on the guard position."However, Adelle Walton may not be a possibility for Thursday's game — the freshman guard is sidelined indefinitely with a nose-related injury. LBSU is expected to have 12 players suited for the game.CSUF (6-11, 3-3 Big West) is on a three-game losing streak while the 49ers are trying to win their first conference game of the season."We must have zone defense," Hegarty said about the preparation. "We must have full-court pressure, a good offense and push-attack them."LBSU is currently on an eight-game losing streak but Hegarty is aspiring for

By | 2009-01-29T00:00:00+00:00 Jan 29, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Basketball|

‘Niners losing skid extended to eight games

The Long Beach State women's basketball team was handed a 57-41 defeat courtesy of host UC Riverside Saturday evening at the Student Recreation Center.Senior Kaiti O'Brien led the 49ers with 14 points and nine rebounds, while junior Whitney Fields added nine points. Junior Courtney Jacob finished with eight points, seven rebounds and a team-high four assists. UCR center Kemie Nkele scored a game-high 21 points for the Highlanders, knocking down an efficient 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. LBSU (3-15, 0-6 Big West Conference) played without starting point guard Adelle Walton and it showed. The ‘Niners finished the game shooting a forgettable 32 percent from the field.Though the 33.9 field goal percentage for the Highlanders was not any more impressive. UCR (9-9, 5-1 Big West) pulled away in the second half, taking a 12-point lead (38-26) at the 11:32 mark.At the end of the first half the trailing 49ers scored six of the final 10 points to cut the deficit to 27-20 at the break.Nkele vaulted the Highlanders to a commanding lead as she knocked down 5-of-6 from behind the arc for 17 points. O'Brien paced the 49ers with eight points and four rebounds.Long Beach State jumped out to an early

By | 2009-01-25T00:00:00+00:00 Jan 25, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Basketball|

Women’s hoops team having winter to dis-remember

While the Long Beach State men's basketball team has been riding a wave of momentum over the winter break, the 49er women are having a January that they'd like to forget. The latest setback came last Saturday night when the 49ers fell in overtime to CS Northridge, 88-84, at the Matadome. Junior forward Whitney Fields led the 'Niners with 24 points and 10 rebounds to record her sixth double-double on the season. Junior guard Lauren Sims added 22 points on 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior Kaiti O'Brien pulled down a career-high 17 boards to lead the team in rebounds.The 49ers were nursing an 84-82 lead in overtime with 24 seconds remaining, but CSUN's Jasmine Erving completed a three-point play to pull Northridge ahead, 85-84. The Matadors made three of their four free throw attempts in the closing seconds to seal the win.This was not the 49ers' only gut-wrenching loss this month. Back on Jan. 10 at the Pyramid, LBSU fell, 55-54, in a contest against UC Davis that ended on a questionable call. With the 'Niners leading, 54-53, Aggie forward Kasey Riecks appeared to have traveled while driving to the basket, but instead, drew a foul that put

By | 2009-01-17T00:00:00+00:00 Jan 17, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Basketball|

Aggies edge 49ers, 55-54, on controversial play

The tough breaks continued to pour in for head coach Mary Hegarty and the Long Beach State women's basketball team Saturday night.UC Davis forward Kasey Riecks hit two free throws with 2.1 seconds left to give the visiting Aggies a narrow 55-54 win over the 49ers at the Walter Pyramid.The win didn't come without controversy, however, as Hegarty firmly maintained that Riecks not only traveled on her way to the basket but was not fouled on the play."I thought it was a travel," Hegarty said. "I thought that we played defense, we're running with [Riecks] with our hands up, she initiates contact — that's not a foul. We have to be able to guard and we can't run off the court when people dribble at us."Added junior guard Courtney Jacob, who defended the play, "I don't know if she traveled, but I don't think it was a foul."Hegarty said that the referees took away the game and "were not the most competent crew.""[The referees] missed the travel first and then a bad call — and it was a very late call — and if there is contact, I don't think that's enough to call with two seconds left in the

By | 2009-01-10T00:00:00+00:00 Jan 10, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Basketball|

A tale of two halves: The Beach falls to Pacific, 76-62

Energized by a record-breaking home crowd of 2,656, The Beach sprinted out on to an early lead only to watch the Pacific Tigers claw back in the second half Thursday afternoon.The Tigers, behind the strong performances of forward Janae Young (23 points) and guard Amy VanHollebeke (15 points and seven assists), overcame a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Long Beach State, 76-62, at the Walter Pyramid.Pacific (8-6, 2-0 Big West Conference) showcased strong shooting and ball control in the second half to pull out the victory.The 49ers (3-11, 0-3 Big West) had four starters in double-digits scoring, but failed to rally from behind late in the game. Junior guard Courtney Jacob paced the ‘Niners with 14 points, forward Whitney Fields added a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, junior Lauren Sims scored 13 and freshman Adelle Walton chipped in 10.LBSU was out-rebounded on the offensive glass, 22-18, and 50-40 for the game. Combined with a 21.2 field goal percentage in the second half, including 0-of-7 from behind the arc, The Beach would remain winless in Big West play this season.The attendance was a response to the NCAA's "Pack the House Challenge," an initiative to help increase and attendance at

By | 2009-01-08T00:00:00+00:00 Jan 8, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Sports, Women's Basketball|
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