Nov. 21, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU women's basketball team limited Long Beach State to nine second half points en route to a 61-38 win in Gersten Pavilion this afternoon. The 49ers shot 10.5% from the field in the second half as LMU pulled away for the victory. Jennifer Hall recorded her first double double at LMU, finishing with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and adding four blocks and three assists. Ten players scored for the Lions who improve to 2-2 on the season.
The game was close in the opening minutes, but LMU pulled away from Long Beach State (0-5) with strong play by Hall. She scored 14 of the team's first 26 points to help the Lions open up to a 26-17 lead at 6:20. The Lions extended their lead to 10 points, 27-17, at 5:44, but the 49ers cut the gap to three points at 3:11 with back to back three-pointers by Ally Wade. The teams were even in the final minutes of the half as LMU took a 32-29 lead into the break.
Hall led all players with 14 points in the first half, while Karina Figueroa led LBSU with 11 points. The 49ers shot 44.4% from the field, and LMU shot 41.7%. LMU outrebounded LBSU, 16-15, and both teams had two three-pointers. The difference in the score was determined by fouls, as the 49ers were called for 12 fouls in the opening half. LMU went to the free throw line 13 times in the opening period, while LBSU had just five shots from the charity stripe.
LMU opened the second half on a 17-4 run in the first 10 minutes to open the lead to 49-33 at 10:04 on a layup by Jenna Sybesma. After the 49ers got a layup by Lauren Sims, LMU scored 10 straight points to take a 59-35 lead at 5:39. The 49ers managed just three more points in the game.
The 49ers were 4-for-38 from the field in the second half, but they did manage 13 offensive rebounds. LMU was 12-for-28 from the field (42.9%), led by Sybesma's six points. Nine different LMU players scored in the second half, and ten Lions scored in the game.
Hall led all scorers and rebounders with 17 points and 13 rebounds. She also led all players with four blocks. She was 6-for-12 from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Amanda Patton added nine points, three assists and four rebounds, and Amanda DeCoud added eight points, six rebounds and three assists. Figueroa led The Beach with 13 points and eight assists.
LMU returns to action on Friday when it hosts the LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic. Texas A&M will take on West Virginia on Friday at 3:00pm, and LMU will host American on Friday at 5:00pm. The consolation game is on Saturday at 2:00pm, and the championship game is on Saturday at 4:00pm. All games will have free streaming video on www.LMULions.com, and gametracker will be available for all tournament games.
- GO LIONS! -