Dec. 21, 2016
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Senior forward Madison Montgomery recorded her second 20-point performance of the season, but Long Beach State was unable to pull out a victory as the Beach fell, 63-60, in the final seconds of the game to Quinnipiac on the last day of the Play4Kay Shootout.
With the loss, the Beach falls to 8-6 on the year, while the Bobcats improve to 9-3.
Montgomery led all scorers with 20 points, while adding three rebounds and one steal. Jewelyn Sawyer also reached double-figures with a 10-point performance. She also led the team with seven boards. Anna Kim had a solid game as she posted nine points, a season-high six assists and five rebounds.
Martina McCowan and Cece Wilson were on point defensively as the pair combined for six of the Beach's eight steals. Wilson's three steals marked a new career-high for the junior guard.
Despite the 49ers' solid effort on all sides of the ball, Quinnipiac took an early lead and did not allow the Beach to take its first lead until the second quarter.
Kim's layup in the second frame gave the Beach their first lead (15-14) with 8:31 on the clock. However, that would be the first of six lead changes as the two teams would keep the contest close throughout.
The Beach took a 28-27 lead at halftime after a second quarter that saw LBSU shoot 63.6 percent (14-for-22) from three point range, while the Bobcats were limited to just 25 percent (4-for-16) shooting in the field.
Quinnipiac had a strong third quarter as it opened the frame on a 12-0 run and led by as many as 14 points (47-33) with 3:50 left in the period. However, Long Beach State would not go quietly and the Beach would chip away at the Bobcats' lead until they were down by just two (48-46) in the fourth quarter with 8:19 remaining in the game.
The 49ers continued to rally in the fourth quarter and tied the game at 5:39 on a layup by Kim. The two teams matched each other point for point over the next several minutes before finding themselves deadlocked at 58-58 with 1:44 left to play.
Sawyer gave Long Beach State a 60-58 lead with just under a minute to go, but the Bobcats' Aryn McClure countered with a jumper to even the score for the last time.
With just 1.3 seconds and a tie game, a foul was called on Long Beach State and Quinnipiac made the most of its free throws as the Bobcats took a 63-60 lead.
The Beach called a timeout and drew up a play, giving the ball to Montgomery beyond the arc, however, the ball bounced off the rim as the clock expired and the Beach lost in heartbreaking fashion.
Quinnipiac had three double-figure scorers in the game in Brittany Johnson (13 points), Carly Fabbri (12 points) and McClure (10 points). McClure also led the Bobcats with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Long Beach State looks to get back on the winning track following winter break as it welcomes Columbia to the Walter Pyramid on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. The contest will close out the non-conference portion of the Beach's schedule. Additionally, the first 150 fans will receive New Year's Eve tiaras.