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LBSU searching for rhythm

With only one win under its belt, the Long Beach State women’s basketball team will travel to Pepperdine Saturday as it tries to gain some momentum before conference play begins.

Last week, the 49ers (1-9) beat the University of San Diego by a score of 53-37, but then lost 67-44 to UNLV a few days later.

After losing to UNLV, LBSU tried to bounce back against the University of Arizona, but lost 77-39, marking its second most lopsided loss of the season. In a losing effort, the 49ers committed 32 turnovers and only shot 26 percent from the field.

It’s evident the 49ers are having a tough time this season, but head coach Mary Hegarty believes the her squad will be ready for conference play.

Waves (6-4) have also been struggling lately, losing consecutive games after winning four in a row. Despite the losses, the Waves have had some tough competition. They have lost to No. 14 Texas A&M and No. 18 California, but beat Rutgers, a top-15 squad, 75-73 in overtime.

Last December, when the two teams met at The Walter Pyramid, the 49ers won in double overtime, 81-72.

In that game, Crystal McCutheon led the 49ers with 24 points and Jayme Connors led all with 21 rebounds.

With McCutheon, Connors and two other starters no longer on the team, point guard Karina Figueroa, the only player on the 49er squad to start all ten games this season, will lead the team against the Waves.

Figueroa leads the team with 9.8 points per game and Kaiti O’Brien and Lauren Sims are right behind her with 8.7 and 8.2 point per game, respectively.

After facing the Waves, the 49ers will host Army Dec. 18, UC Davis Dec. 28 and Fairfield Dec. 30.

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