The Long Beach State women’s basketball team will make a 50-mile drive north to take on its local foe, the Matadors of Cal State Northridge in a Big West conference showdown Thursday. After dropping its last two games, Long Beach (7-17, 4-7 Big West) is currently locked into sixth place in conference, and looking to move up in the standings against second seeded CSUN (13-12, 7-4 Big West). In the last battle between these two squads at the Walter Pyramid, the 49ers were unable to get any sort of rhythm going as they lost 51-37. The Beach shot a lowly 21.3 percent from the field, something that needs to addressed, as the 49ers haven’t shot above 35 percent from the field in the last three games. This was largely in part because of the Matadors’ two bigs patrolling the paint, junior Lauren Shymkewicz and senior Channon Fluker, denying the 49ers clean looks the whole game. “Northridge does a good job with their big line up of forcing you to take perimeter shots,” head coach Jeff Cammon said. If the 49ers can work the ball inside by using the devastating handles of sophomore Shanaijah Davison, straight line drives and knack for
Everything was looking up for the 49ers as they fought for a comeback, with momentum on their side and the crowd chanting in support as the clock slowly ticked down. That is until sophomore lead guard Shanaijah Davison hit the ground at half court, clutching her ankle while clearly in a great deal of pain, leading to a 48-46 loss. The gym was silent until a round of applause broke out as Davison was carried off the court by the training staff, but with a little under two minutes left in the game, Long Beach (7-16, 4-6 Big West) had some ground to make up, trailing UC Irvine (16-5, 6-3 Big West) 46-43. “It’s always tough to see your teammate, your sister go down. These young ladies are very close, they have really strong relationships and great rapport,” said head coach Jeff Cammon. “Shanaijah is a strong kid, she’ll bounce back … They hurt for her, they hurt for this tough loss.” The game was close for the better part of the first three quarters, as neither team could find a rhythm shooting the ball, but the Anteaters started to pull away in the fourth with gritty defense and determination.