Feb. 16, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Samantha Meggison scored a career-high 20 points to lead all scorers and grabbed eight rebounds, but a second-half rally from the UC Davis women's basketball team fell just short as Long Beach State claimed a 67-55 victory on Thursday at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach.
UC Davis drops to 15-9 overall and 7-5 in Big West play while Long Beach State improves to 11-14 on the year and 6-6 in the conference.
Meggison shot 6-of-11 from the field and hit a season-high three treys while going 5-of-7 from the free throw line. She added eight rebounds to her well-rounded scoring effort.
Long Beach State was led by Tipesa Moorer's 15 points while Alex Sanchez added 13 points, hitting three from beyond the arc. Chantel Dooley scored 11 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the free throw line, and nearly had a double-double with nine rebounds.
The Aggie offense had trouble finding its rhythm in the first half, as Long Beach State jumped out to a 17-8 lead with under 12 minutes to play in the first half. Kasey Riecks brought the Aggies to within six points after completing a three-point play at the 10:19 mark, but Moorer's jumper followed by a trey from Sanchez gave the 49ers a 22-11 lead.
Meggison did her part to keep UC Davis in the game, connecting on back-to-back shots from beyond the arc to bring the Aggies to within five with 8:25 left in the first half. Long Beach State used an 8-0 run to build a 30-17 lead before Meggison cut into the 49er scoring streak with her third trey of the half.
UC Davis would close the half out on free throws, hitting 6-of-6 from the line in the final 3:38 of the half.
The free throw trend continued into the second half as UC Davis went 8-of-10 from the line to start the second half before Idit Oryon hit UC Davis' first jumper at the 15-minute mark and the Aggies trailed just 40-36.
UC Davis continued to find its way to the free throw line as Stephens and Hana Asano each knocked down a pair. Cortney French stepped up with a huge three pointer at the 9:50 mark and the Aggies were down just three.
Long Beach State responded with a 9-1 run, taking a 55-44 with just six minutes to play before French hit her second trey of the game.
Meggison would score the next eight points for UC Davis, hitting three shots in the paint for the Aggies, but by then Long Beach State was back to a double-digit lead. The 49ers would close the game out on free throws, hitting 9-of-10 from the line in the final two minutes.
UC Davis shot 23-of-29 from the free throw line for the game, but finished with just six second-half field goals.
The Aggies return to action on Saturday, taking on league-leading Cal State Northridge at The Matadome at 2 p.m.
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