Jan. 9, 2016
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FULLERTON, Calif. - The Long Beach State women's basketball team made a program and Big West record 20 3-pointers in an 82-61 rout of Cal State Fullerton Saturday evening at Titan Gym.
The 49ers' 20 threes shattered the previous program single-game record of 13, which they established earlier this year against Portland State (Nov. 15). They also topped the conference record of 17, which was set by UC Davis against the Beach in the Big West Tournament at Titan Gym last year.
"We didn't come into the game thinking we were just going to throw it up from the 3-point line," head coach Jody Wynn said. "Usually we like to have a healthy balance, but we took what the defense gave us tonight. The girls did a good job of finding each other and playing unselfish basketball."
All 11 of LBSU's players got on the board, with nine making at least one three. Seven 49ers also had multiple treys, including junior Raven Benton, who drained a career-high five triples en route to a team-best 17 points.
Freshman Chanterria Jackson went 3-for-4 from long distance for 11 points, while junior Jewelyn Sawyer chipped in 10 points (2-4 3FG). The Beach ended the night shooting 55.6 percent (20-of-36) from behind the arc.
Two days after finishing with a season-low three assists, Long Beach State dished out 23 helpers, which is second only to the 24 they had in an 89-71 win vs. Portland State. Sophomore Cecily Wilson and freshman Martina McCowan each had a career-best four assists.
Although LBSU's offense took center stage, it also continued to dominate on the defensive end where it forced CSF into 27 turnovers, which resulted in 37 points for the visitors.
The Beach (11-4, 1-1 Big West) got off to a hot start, making its first four shots, all of which came from 3-point range. Sophomore Gigi Hascheff's three put Long Beach State up 12-3 with 5:35 to go in the first quarter. Cal State Fullerton then cut the 49ers' lead to four, but they answered with a 16-6 run to pull ahead, 28-14. Jackson made all of her treys during that stretch. LBSU ended up with a 28-14 advantage at the end of the period.
Long Beach State started the second quarter with a three from Sawyer before the Titans came back with a 12-2 spurt to make it a four-point game at the 6:35 mark. Benton responded with a triple and the 49ers were able to push their lead back to nine (43-34) at the half.
In the third frame, junior Anna Kim scored five quick points and Sawyer followed with a 3-pointer to put LBSU on top, 51-36, with 7:17 remaining. The Beach would go up by as many as 19 and held a commanding 64-47 lead at the end of the quarter.
Long Beach State was never threatened in the fourth period as it made four more threes, including two from freshman Katie Webster, to run away with the 82-61 victory.
Cal State Fullerton (2-13, 0-1 Big West) made 13 3-pointers of its own and shot 43.3 percent from beyond the arc. Dani Craig led the Titans with 18 points on a 6-of-11 performance from 3-point range.
Long Beach State returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 13, when it welcomes UC Riverside to the Walter Pyramid for a 7 p.m. showdown. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
NOTES: Long Beach State established a program and Big West record with 20 3-pointers made ... The 49ers' 20 threes are also tied for fifth in the NCAA single-game record books (NCAA record is 22) ... This is the second time this season, and first since Nov. 15, that the Beach surpassed the 80-point mark ... The 21-point win matched LBSU's largest margin of victory this season ... Junior Madison Montgomery had two blocks, marking her eighth-straight game with at least one block ... She is averaging 2.0 bpg during that stretch ... The team improved to 6-1 when Cecily Wilson is in the starting lineup (only loss was vs. Hawai'i on Jan. 7) ... Junior Raven Benton has made 10 threes over the last three games (3.3/gm) ... She had 11 in the first 13 outings.