The 49ers extend their losing streak against the Wildcats after a sloppy game, falling to 1-9 on the season.
Size was a clear advantage for the University of Arizona against Long Beach State Sunday as it lost its fourth in a row, falling to 1-9 on the season. The Wildcats won the rebounding battle 52-to-29, often limiting the 49ers to one opportunity to finish shots in the paint, which led to a constant stream of easy buckets for Arizona in transition the other way. Long Beach would find itself in a deep hole early on ultimately dropping the match 70-43 at the Walter Pyramid. “[We] competed ... give their effort every night, obviously there’s a lot of room for improvement, you know, and we’ll go back to the drawing board in practice and prepare for the next game,” head coach Jeff Cammon said. With excellent ball movement from Arizona, three pointers were raining from open drive-and-kick opportunities, while the 49ers defense was being kept on their heels. Looking for energy from the bench, Cammon inserted sophomore guard Bria Rice into the action after battling injuries in the beginning of the season. “She definitely brings energy and toughness at the defensive end of the floor, so we expect her to continue to improve, get better, and I’m excited that she’s
After losing three games last week and falling out of the AP Top 25 polls, Arizona will be looking to bounce back in a big way against the Long Beach State men’s basketball team. A road game combined with frustrations from the Wildcats three-game losing streak make Wednesday night’s matchup one of the toughest of the season for Long Beach. The Wildcats came in last place at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament and are only the second team in AP poll history to drop from the top two to unranked in back-to-back polls. Led by sophomore guard Allonzo Trier (24.5 ppg) and freshman center Deandre Ayton (20.3 ppg), the two projected NBA draft picks will be tough to contain for Long Beach. LBSU (3-4) will look to snap Arizona’s 43 game nonconference home winning streak Wednesday at 5 p.m. Coming off a disappointing 85-80 loss to Nebraska in the Advocare Invitational, the 49ers will need to be up for the challenge to keep it close in Tucson. Senior forward Gabe Levin comes into the game after several double-double games last week against No. 19 West Virginia and Nebraska, pushing his averages up to a team-leading 15.1 points and 9.4 rebounds
The Long Beach State women’s basketball team will seek its first victory of the season when it visits Arizona on Tuesday. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since the 2012-13 season when Long Beach edged out Arizona, 71-61, at the Walter Pyramid. LBSU (0-5) have looked lackluster on both sides of the court, allowing opponents to shoot 48 percent from the field while only managing a dismal 34 percent from the court on the offensive side. The lack of productivity on both sides of the court is the biggest reason attributing to the 49ers’ five-game losing streak to start the season. Things are getting progressively worse for Long Beach after coming off a season worst in points against San Diego last Wednesday, as the team was only able to muster 40 points in the contest. While Long Beach has struggled as a whole this season, freshman guard Shanaijah Davison has been a bright spot for the women’s basketball program. Davison is leading the team in scoring averaging 15.6 points per game, and is second in assists per game on the team with a little over two. She has scored in double-figures in all but one game