Dec. 3, 2016
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Long Beach State women's basketball team struggled to get into an offensive rhythm against No. 19 Florida, as the Beach dropped an 83-53 contest to the Gators on Saturday at the ASU Classic.
Long Beach State (3-4) shot 26.6-percent from the field as the 49ers connected on just 17-of-64 shots in the game, while Florida (6-1) put together a 54.4 fielding percentage as the Gators made 37-of-68 shots.
The first quarter was competitive as the Beach outscored the Gators 14-13 in the initial 10 minutes of action. LBSU managed to shoot 42.9-percent from three-point range as Jessica Gertz, Gigi Hascheff and Madison Montgomery all sunk a trey in the period, while the Beach's defense did not allow the Gators to connect for a three in a the first half.
Florida's offense heated up in the second quarter as it shot an impressive 70.6-percent from the field (12-for-17), while the Beach was limited to 30.8-percent. That quarter seemed to be the turning point as the Gators outscored the 49ers 25-12 to take a 38-26 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Following the break in action, the Beach turned in their best offensive output of the contest as they shot 35-percent (7-for-20) and scored 18 points in the frame. However, the Gators were still on their offensive hot streak as they connected on 9-of-16 shots to shoot 56.3-percent and outscore the 49ers 22-18 in the quarter.
The Beach was unable to stop the Gators in the fourth and final quarter as Florida managed to pull away and win the game 83-53 with the help of four players reaching double-figures in the game.
LBSU was led offensively by Gertz who tallied a season-high 12 points in the game, while adding one rebound and one assist. Jewelyn Sawyer led the team in rebounding with seven boards, while contributing nine points, four assists and two steals.
Ronni Williams led the Gators with 18 points, while Haley Lorenzen added 12, and Delicia Washington and Tyshara Fleming each posted 11. Fleming also added 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Long Beach State will take on Boston University on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 12:30 p.m. (PT) at the Wells Fargo Arena on the final day of the ASU Classic. The contest marks the first-ever meeting between the two teams.