October 10, 2011

Pair of Matadors Earn Preseason Accolades

Senior Jasmine Erving and freshman Janae Sharpe received preseason All-Big West honors from the website College Sports Madness. Erving, who has earned All-Big West Second Team honors the past two seasons, was named to the Preseason First Team while Sharpe, a 5-7 combo guard from Rialto, Calif., was named the league's Preseason Freshman of the Year. 

In her fourth and final season with Northridge, Erving represents one of the league's top interior players. She averaged 14.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in her junior season to rank second and fourth, respectively, among all league players in those categories. She recorded the league's top two individual scoring performances of the season, including a career-high 35 points in a win against Cal State Fullerton.

Erving also finished at 72 percent (85-of-118) from the free throw line, pulled down a career-high 205 rebounds and added 16 assists, 36 blocked shots and 17 steals during her junior season. In conference play, Erving averaged 17 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

Finally, Erving became the ninth player in school history to amass 1,000 career points, hitting the milestone at home against the Titans. For her career, Erving has scored 1,074 points, good for eighth in school history and an average of 12.5 ppg.

Sharpe is an explosive combo guard who comes to Northridge after an accomplished prep career. While at Rialto High School, Sharpe earned CIF Division 2AA MVP honors following her senior season.

She helped lead the Knights to three-straight league titles and earned all-league honors following all four of her playing seasons. In her senior season, she averaged 24 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

For a complete list of College Sports Madness' Preseason All-Big West Teams, click here.