Beach women open Big West Tourney Wednesday

Long Beach State junior guard Savannah Tucker. Photo by Ted Apodaca

Long Beach State’s women’s basketball team finished the regular season at the seventh-place team in the Big West Conference and are set to open the Hercules Tires Big West Conference Tournament on Wednesday against UC Santa Barbara, the sixth-seed.

Junior guard Savannah Tucker led the Beach this season in scoring with 12.4 points per game. The Fresno native also led the team in playing time, with more than 1,000 minutes playing time, as she started all 30 games. Junior guard Sydney Woodley was the only other player to average double figures for the season, with 10.6 per game.

The Beach, under the guidance of first-year Head Coach Amy Wright, went 13-17 overall and 8-12 in the Big West Conference. The winner will advance to face No. 4 Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo on Thursday in the quarterfinals. Top-seeded Hawaii and second-seeded UC Irvine await the winners in the semifinals on Friday.

No. 5 UC Davis and No. 8 Cal State Fullerton square off in the other first round game and will play to see who advances to the quarterfinals to face No 3 UC Riverside, at noon on Thursday.

The Big West 2024 champion will be decided on Saturday, March 16, at 3 p.m. from The Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nevada. The victor receives automatic entry into the 2024 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

The entirety of the 2024 Hercules Tires Big West Women’s Basketball Championship will be aired on ESPN+ and SiriusXM 382. For more information, visit