Free Clinics Offer CSUN Women's Hoops a Different Perspective

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball program hosted a pair of successful clinics over the past month, offering the Matador coaches and student-athletes a different perspective on the game of basketball as they prepare for the 2011-12 season.

On Oct. 22, CSUN hosted a coach's clinic for the second-straight season. The Matador staff, led by second-year head coach Jason Flowers, saw over 70 area coaches attend the three-hour session in The Matadome. At the event, the group went over on-the-court drills and also reviewed film in a classroom setting.

"The coach's clinic was a great opportunity to interact with coaches throughout the community and surrounding areas," Flowers said. "As a staff, we had the chance to not only share what we do, but also hear what others are doing to help teach players the game of basketball."

A week later, the Matadors brought in a slightly less focused group, though one's who enthusiasm equaled that of the coaches. On Oct. 29, the Matadors hosted a free kids clinic at The Matadome, bringing in over 50 youngsters to The Matadome for an event before Northridge' exhibition victory over The Master's College.

With the kids, the Matadors and their coaches focused on the fundamentals of the game while doing so in a fun and learning environments. Different contests surrounding skills were held and the participants celebrated their efforts afterwards by watching the Matadors defeat the Mustangs. 

"I want to thank Coach Trutanic and Coach Collins-Kiernan for organizing and putting on a great kids clinic," Flowers added. "Out student-athletes did a great job representing the school and our program and I think the participants had a lot of fun." 

Northridge opens the 2011-12 season on Friday, Nov. 11 with a road contest at San Francisco. The Matadors and Dons are slated to tip off at 3 p.m. The Matadors will also face LMU, Oregon State and Washington on the road before their home opener, which is part of the Holiday Inn Woodland Hills Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2011.

The four-team tournament, which runs on Nov. 25 and 26, features UCLA, West Virginia, Colgate and CSUN. The Bruins and Lady Mountaineers will start the festivities with a 5 p.m. contest, followed by CSUN-Colgate at 7:30. The games on Nov. 26 will pit the losing teams against each other in the Consolation game at 5 p.m., with the winning teams squaring off for the tournament title at approximately 7:30 p.m.