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At 1 PM in Long Beach, California, the #3 Oregon Ducks travel to take on Long Beach State. The Beach is having a bit of a down year, but could a win over the Ducks turn this team around?

SEASON THUS FAR

RECORD: 3-6, 1-2 Home

BEST WINS: Penn State, Santa Clara

WORST LOSSES: Seattle, Loyola Marymount, Utah State

COMMON OPPONENTS: Utah State

LAST 5 GAMES:

  • L (11/23) Loyola Marymount, 57-70
  • W (11/29) Cal Tournament, Penn State, 64-56
  • L (11/30) Cal Tournament, Cal, 45-68
  • W (12/6) Santa Clara, 54-46
  • L (12/8) Seattle, 54-66

STAT COMPARISON

  • BEACH score 59.7 PPG
  • DUCKS allow 60.0
  • BEACH shoot .379% from the floor
  • DUCKS allow .376%
  • BEACH shoot .257% from three
  • DUCKS allow .264%
  • BEACH average 32.6 rebounds
  • DUCKS allow 31.5
  • BEACH allow 63.8 PPG
  • DUCKS score 89.4
  • BEACH allow .402% from the floor
  • DUCKS shoot .492%
  • BEACH allow .317% from three
  • DUCKS shoot .352%
  • BEACH allow 41.0 rebounds
  • DUCKS average 43.0
  • BEACH average 11.0 assists/ 14.3 turnovers

SEASON RECAP

It’s been a tough season so far for Long Beach State. It started with a 70-79 loss to California Baptist (7-5). The Beach had four players score in double digits in their opener, but cold shooting from three-point range and the charity stripe doomed them in a shootout that ended with 20 lead changes.

Returning back to Long Beach helped the team rebound in a 94-47 victory over Westcliff (7-11); Junior Shanaijah Davison scored 21 points and tallied her 16th 20-plus point game. The Beach faced their first PAC-12 opponent in an 86-51 loss to the UCLA Bruins (8-0) at Pauley Pavilion. Long Beach State allowed the home team to start the game on a 20-0 run and weren’t able to recover against a team with a clear talent advantage. Losses to Utah State and Loyola Marymount piled on soon after.

Utah State (3-6) has played both Oregon and Long Beach State this season and the results were drastically different; the Beach lost to the Aggies 48-56 while the Ducks blew past them by a final score of 109 to 52. Senior Cydnee Kinslow recorded her first double-double of the season, second of her career, by tallying 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore Ma’Qhi Berry and Justina King scored a combined 45 against Loyola Marymount (3-7), but the Beach was outrebounded 45 to 25 and couldn’t keep up with the Lions.

Long Beach State earned their best win of the season against Penn State (5-4), a 64-56 victory that advanced them to the Championship game of the Cal Classic where they faced their second PAC-12 team, the Cal Golden Bears (6-2). The home team handled LBSU by a score of 68 to 45, however things weren’t all bad, a strong performance from King earned her a spot on the Cal Classic All-Tournament Team by recording 29 points, five assists, four steals, and two rebounds in the tourney.

The Beach had their best defensive showing thus far when they held Santa Clara (4-4) to just 46 points, earning their third victory of the season. The Broncos were held to their lowest point total and most committed turnovers (26) in any game this season. However, a 54-66 loss to the Seattle Redhawks (4-6) feels like a big step back for this struggling team. The Beach now face their toughest challenge of the year as the #3 Oregon Ducks come to town.

BEACH STARTERS

#11 Jasmine Hardy

6’1, Forward/Guard, Sophomore

(9 GP - 26.8 MPG - .358 FG% - .281 3PT% - .750 FT%- 8.4 PPG - 2.3 REB)

Last season, Hardy played in 30 of LBSU’s 31 games and recorded four starts. She finished her freshman year averaging 6.2 points per game and 3.0 rebounds. Hardy is off to a good start as a starter but will need to improve her overall accuracy if she wants to really help out the Beach.


#0 Ma’Qhi Berry

5’10, Guard, Redshirt Sophomore

(9 GP - 27.3 MPG - .541 FG% - .500 3PT% - .500 FT% - 9.1 PPG - 3.8 REB)

Berry had a huge freshman season in which she led her team in assists with 107 and averaged 7.1 points per game. And after redshirting during the 2018-19 season, the guard is ready to play ball. She scored a career-high 22 points in a losing effort against Loyola Marymount and has overall improved as a shooter since her rookie year.


#1 Cydnee Kinslow

6’2, Forward, Senior

(9 GP - 31.4 MPG - .255 FG% - .212 3PT% - .643 FT% - 4.7 PPG - 6.8 REB)

Last season, Kinslow led the team in rebounding with 6.4 per game, and this season seems to be on the same path. The transfer from Illinois made her Long Beach State debut last year against Utah State and this year she scored her first double-double against the same Aggies.


#23 Lauren Green

6’2, Forward, Sophomore

(9 GP - 21.0 MPG - .475 FG% - .000 3PT% - .250 FT% - 4.6 PPG - 4.7 REB)

Lauren Green played in every game her freshman season and made 17 starts. She led the team in blocks and regularly led the ream in rebounding, as well. The sophomore forward is already playing a crucial role on this team and will be counted on even more in the future.


#10 Justina King

5’8, Guard, Sophomore

(9 GP - 36.2 MPG - .394 FG% - .297 3PT% - .742 FT% - 12.9 PPG - 1.9 REB)

The 5’8 Canadian guard won Big West Conference Freshman of the year after starting in every game of the 2018-19 season. She is the clear leader of this squad and hopes to turn in more performances like she had during the Cal Classic.


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PANIC LEVEL

2 out of 19 Triple-Doubles

If we lose this one, something is very wrong with our mighty Ducks.

SCORE PREDICTION

DUCKS 96 - BEACH 49