A narrow win at Air Force last week has Long Beach State women’s basketball off to its best start to a season since 1985-86. The Beach (7-0) beat Air Force 50-49 thanks to a Maddi Utti steal off a last second inbounds pass.
Senior Justina King led LBSU with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals while making 6-of-12 field goals.
LBSU visits No. 18 Oregon on Saturday.
We touch base quickly with Andy to talk through some recent awards, and then dive deep with the head coach of the 7-0 Women’s Basketball team, Jeff Cammon to talk though his team’s early success this season! #GoBeach
Men’s Water Polo
The LBSU season came to an end last Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at UCLA. The Beach lost to UC Davis 9-8 in overtime. This was the second NCAA Tournament appearance for LBSU in the last three seasons.
Rafael Real Vergara scored four goals for the Beach, but LBSU never led. Garrett Zaan scored his 100th career goal for LBSU, and goalkeeper Andrej Bosanac made 14 saves.
It was a tale of two halves last Saturday at Walter Pyramid as LBSU fell to Loyola Marymount, 77-74. The Beach trailed by two points with 1:32 remaining but missed a couple of chances to keep it a one-score game.
“From Wednesday (72-47 loss to San Diego State) to today, we made drastic improvements but we couldn’t sustain,” LBSU coach Dan Monson said. “It was a step in the right direction. Just playing 40 minutes is all we are missing.”
Junior Joel Murray led LBSU (2-6) with 19 points as the team lost for the sixth time in their last seven games. Seniors Joe Hampton (11 points) and Jordan Roberts (10) led the charge in the first half. LBSU ended the half on a 8-2 run and were up, 37-30.
After taking 20 3-point attempts in the first half, LMU moved the ball into the paint after halftime and it led to the Lions making 17 of its 18 free-throw attempts.
The Beach host Bethesda tonight.
Ian Gilligan was named Big West Men’s Golfer of the Month for November 2021 after turning in a solid showing at the Saint Mary’s Invitational last month. The honor is the first of Gilligan’s collegiate career.
Gilligan, a freshman out of Reno, was LBSU’s top-finisher at the Saint Mary’s Invitational as he finished with a 1-under par for a top-20 showing. Gilligan kicked off the tournament firing a 68 for 3-under par in the first round.
Track & Field
LBSU coach LaTanya Sheffield was awarded the USA Track and Field President’s Award at the 2021 USATF Annual Meeting last week.
Sheffield has served as development chair, advocating for athletes and coaches with USA Track and Field for almost 15 years now. An Olympian in the 400m hurdles, and an Olympic assistant coach, she served on two Olympic staffs, including this past summer in Tokyo.