The Santa Monica College women's basketball team will play Long Beach for sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Conference at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Santa Monica.
The Corsairs, 20-3 overall and 8-1 in Metro, are ranked third in the state by the J. C. Athletic Bureau and are tied in the Metro with Long Beach (18-6, 8-1), ranked 11th in the state. Bakersfield (9-11, 6-2) is in third place in Metro, followed by Pasadena (8-10, 4-4), El Camino (6-15, 3-6), Los Angeles City (3-12, 1-8) and Pierce (0-20, 0-8).
The Corsairs lost to Long Beach earlier this season, 56-55. Corsairs Coach Barbara Hayes blamed her team's "sluggish play" for that loss.
Long Beach Coach Donna Prindle said her team is "peaking." The Vikings are hitting 41% of their shots from the floor and 52% from the free-throw line. Long Beach is averaging 71 points a game and holding opponents to 50.