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Long Beach’s dynamic duo heats up against Hawai’i

After coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss at Cal Poly, the Long Beach State women’s basketball team was determined to get back to winning games. The 49ers were off to a hot start Saturday against the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors, with sophomore forward Naomi Hunt finding her shot early on, canning a career high six-of-nine from behind the three point line and finishing with 20 points and eight rebounds. Hawai’i (9-13, 5-4 Big West) had won five of its last seven games, but the intensity of Long Beach State’s (7-15, 4-5 Big West) lead guards Shanaijah Davison and Justina King were too much to handle as the 49ers won 56-40. Long Beach held Hawai’i to only four points in the first quarter, allowing one field goal. “I think we all had a bad taste in our mouth and a feeling of disappointment after that game,”  head coach Jeff Cammon said. “I think it energized us … We just didn’t execute toward the end, but what I told them was we have to learn from this. Let’s use this loss to get better and fuel us for the next game.” Inserting junior forward Aaryon Green into the starting lineup gave the 49ers

By | 2019-02-09T23:36:13+00:00 Feb 9, 2019 | 11:24 pm|Categories: Sports, Today, Women's Basketball|Tags: |

Long Beach can’t contain Hawaii in sixth straight loss

When a team loses several consecutive games in a row, all hope can be lost. Players can lose confidence and the season can spiral very quickly. The Long Beach State men’s basketball team is doing everything it can to prevent that after losing its sixth game in a row to Hawaii 77-70 Thursday night in the Walter Pyramid. “All we can do is keep working, and that’s all I’m asking,” head coach Dan Monson said. “We just didn’t have enough activity getting out to shooters.” Last game against the Rainbow Warriors, Monson thought the 49ers (8-16, 2-6 Big West) didn’t do a good enough job controlling the paint and defending pick and roll plays. This time around, Long Beach gave up 14 three pointers, as Hawaii shot 14-for-27 on the night. The 49ers were led by redshirt senior forward Temidayo Yussuf, who scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds in 28 minutes. Yussuf’s received the most playing time he has seen since returning from a knee injury Jan. 31. The Rainbow Warriors won with a balanced offensive attack, as senior point guard Brocke Stepteau scored 23 points and senior forward Jack Purchase added 17. “I’m not happy with the outcome,

By | 2019-02-07T22:51:11+00:00 Feb 7, 2019 | 10:51 pm|Categories: Men's Basketball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports|Tags: , , |

Long Beach look to stay undefeated in back-to-back games

Long Beach State women’s tennis team prepares for back-to-back home games Friday against Nevada and the following day against University of San Diego. Both games will take place at 11 a.m. The 49ers have been anticipating playing against the Toreros, with their meeting originally slated to happen Feb. 2, but was rescheduled due to heavy rainfall. Long Beach has had a lot of success recently, with freshman Dominique Myer named Big West Women’s Athlete of the Week for her performance against San Diego State, joining fellow freshman Wiktoria Rutkowska, who previously earned such honors. Long Beach’s first focus is Saturday, as they face an undefeated Nevada team who is also looking to stay undefeated. Despite San Diego (0-1) losing its first game of the regular season, it has shown some levels of success in previous outings, having shared top honors with Long Beach (2-0) in the Beach Invitational. Nevada (5-0) has started the season hot, with three games where it left the other team scoreless, the most impressive being a 7-0 win against Point Loma. Despite having no perfect games, the 49ers still won both of their in-season matchups, the most impressive on Feb. 8 in an away game against

By | 2019-02-06T20:57:18+00:00 Feb 6, 2019 | 8:57 pm|Categories: Sports, Today, Women's Sports, Women's Tennis|

Long Beach brings fresh mindset into Thursday versus Hawaii

The Long Beach State men’s basketball team is stuck in a rut. Five straight losses in Big West play have pushed the 49ers to seventh in the standings. After starting out with a home win over UC Davis and an upset win over UC Irvine on the road, Long Beach (8-15, 2-5 Big West) is in need of renewed energy, a new mindset and a fresh start to finish conference play on a higher note. Following a short practice Tuesday, players and coaches played against each other in a game of wiffle ball at half court inside the Walter Pyramid. Surprisingly, the coaches and team managers defeated the players 10-8. Sophomore guard Jordan Roberts and walk-on freshman center Jeffrey Yan both struck out in crucial moments. Tuesday’s practice had more to it than just wiffle ball, however. Head coach Dan Monson saw it as an opportunity change the flow of practice for a short time. “I think sometimes you just need to get away from basketball and just be a family,” Monson said. “We’ve just got to clear our minds and make sure that everybody is in a good place.” Long Beach is in the middle of  an eight-week stretch

By | 2019-02-06T20:40:31+00:00 Feb 6, 2019 | 8:40 pm|Categories: Men's Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Long Beach State seeks win streak against Cal Poly

Long Beach State women’s basketball is coming fresh off a hard fought win against Cal State Fullerton Saturday 59-53 behind the heroics of junior forward reserve Aaryon Green. Now the 49ers have their sights set toward making it two in a row against the Mustangs. Cal Poly (4-14, 1-6 Big West) is currently tied for last place with UC Santa Barbara in the conference, which presents a good matchup for Long Beach (6-14, 3-4 Big West). Long Beach is currently tied with Fullerton and can make up some ground in the standings with a win Wednesday at the Walter Pyramid. “Road games are always tough, and I think the most important thing is to rest … it’s just about getting back in the gym and preparing for SLO,” said head coach Jeff Cammon after the win over Fullerton. Cal Poly plays a pretty balanced roster, with multiple players doing damage, but the team is often led by senior forward Devin Stanback and junior forward Hana Vesela. While Cal Poly doesn’t necessarily have one player leading the team on a nightly basis, they do have a lot of upperclassmen leadership, with seven juniors and seniors collectively on the roster. To go

By | 2019-02-05T17:59:19+00:00 Feb 5, 2019 | 5:59 pm|Categories: Sports, Today, Women's Basketball, Women's Sports|Tags: , , , , , |

The NFL has work to do to catch up with its competitors

The Super Bowl exposed many flaws that the NFL has been dealing with for a long time. In what was one of the most boring Super Bowl games in recent history, the NBA was able to steer the conversation away from football with a few tweets that speculated some big trades on the horizon. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick earned their historic sixth ring as a tandem, but as soon as LeBron James sent out a cryptic tweet, all eyes were back on the NBA.    Now that the game is over, no one is talking about it anymore. Sports fans’ focus changed quickly to which NBA team is going to trade for superstar Anthony Davis. The issue is that the NFL hasn’t been able to market its players and teams as well as the NBA. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are global icons to sports and non-sports fans alike, while Jerry Rice, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are not household names outside of sports fanatics. While the NFL is still on top when it comes to viewership, there are other factors that give the NBA an edge. NBA Twitter is one huge determinant and can best be

By | 2019-02-05T00:40:12+00:00 Feb 4, 2019 | 8:17 pm|Categories: Commentary, Sports, Today|Tags: , , |
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