Dec. 4, 2016
TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior Jewelyn Sawyer led the Long Beach State women's basketball team's offense with a 14-point effort as she helped guide the Beach to a 61-48 victory over Boston University on the final day of the ASU Classic.
The Beach (4-4) started out slow as they initially trailed the Terriers (1-7) by 11 points at the end of the first quarter, but the 49ers pushed through and found their offensive rhythm thanks in part to a stout defense that forced 12 turnovers in the second quarter and scored 11 points off of turnovers, while allowing just seven points as they went into the locker room at halftime, down just one.
"It was a great win and it really ignited our offense," Long Beach State head coach Jody Wynn said. "Our shooting performances have been pretty poor lately so being able to stretch their zone out a little bit helped so we could have driving lanes. We did a better job, once we got in the paint, on our penetration kicking it out for open shooters. We had a much calmer offensive performance and played with a little more confidence, but it started from our defensive toughness."
The defense held Boston to just 23.1 percent shooting in the fourth quarter and limited the Terriers to a mere 19.0 percent shooting from long distance in the game.
While the defense grabbed 16 steals and forced 24 turnovers in the contest, the offense heated up in the second half as the Beach shot 58.3 percent (7-for-12) in the third quarter and 66.7 percent (8-for-12) in the fourth.
LBSU took a 41-39 lead into the final 10 minutes of action and held Boston to 23.1 percent shooting (3-for-13) and just nine points in the frame as the Beach outscored the Terriers 20-9 to take their largest lead of the game and secure a 61-48 victory en route to snapping a four-game losing skid.
The Beach were led by Sawyer and Madison Montgomery who each tallied eight points in the fourth quarter, while Sawyer added a pair of steals.
Sawyer finished the game shooting 62.5 percent (5-for-8) with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Montgomery also reached double-figures with 11 points, while adding seven boards, two assists and a steal. Gigi Hascheff rounded out the 49ers' double-figure scorers with 11 points, while she contributed two rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Freshman Alzena Henry was solid at the post as she grabbed a season-high seven rebounds and collected her first collegiate steal in the contest.
Boston had two double-figure scorers in Sophie Beaudry and Meghan Green who each tallied 12 points for the Terriers.
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid on Wednesday, Dec. 7, as the Beach hosts Pacific at 5 p.m., in a doubleheader with the men's basketball team.