Long Beach State snapped a seven-game losing streak in its series against Hawaii with a 68-57 win in today’s Big West women’s basketball opener in Long Beach, Calif.
LBSU forward Madison Montgomery scored a game-high 23 points on 8-for-15 shooting and guard Raven Benton added 19 points in the 49ers’ first win over the Rainbow Wahine since Jan. 30, 2014.
After a frigid first half for both teams, Long Beach State (10-6, 1-0 BWC) pulled away late with a 10-for-13 shooting performance in the fourth quarter, going 3-for-3 from 3-point range. The 49ers finished 11-for-13 from the free-throw line overall.
UH guard Sarah Toeaina led the Wahine (4-9, 0-1) with 20 points on 9-for-12 shooting and seven rebounds. Guard Olivia Crawford added 12 points.
UH and LBSU shot a combined 4-for-31 in the first quarter with the Wahine taking a 6-5 lead. The 49ers warmed up a bit in the second quarter and took a 20-17 lead into halftime.
The scoring picked up considerably in the second half and Long Beach State managed to pull away going 17-for-29 after the break. UH shot 61 percent in the second half but went 11-for-19 from the free-throw line overall and committed 17 turnovers to LBSU’s nine.
UH continues its road trip at UC Davis on Saturday. The Aggies (10-4, 1-0) routed UC Irvine 89-48 today in their conference opener.