Matadors Post 79-62 Victory at LMU

LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-0) defeated Loyola Marymount 79-62 Monday night in a non-conference contest at Gersten Pavilion. Jasmine Erving produced her 14th career double-double to lead four Matadors in double figures as CSUN posted it first 2-0 start since the 1998-99 season. 

After falling behind early, Northridge grabbed a lead midway through the first half and never looked back. CSUN clamped down on the defensive end, holding LMU to just 28.1 percent shooting (18-of-64) from the field and 0-of-14 from 3-point range. In the second half, the Lions shot just 7-of-33 (21.2 percent). 

Erving finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds in the win, finishing 11-of-19 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. She added four blocks and a steal in 37 minutes of action. Midway through the game, Erving surpassed 1,100 career points.

Violet Alama was the team's second leading scorer Monday, finishing with 14 points and eight rebounds. The junior from Honolulu added two 3-pointers and a steal in 28 minutes on the floor. 

Freshman Janae Sharpe and sophomore Kaitlyn Petersen each added 11 points in the victory for Northridge. Sharpe led all played with eight assists and five steals and was 7-of-10 from the free throw line. Petersen knocked down three 3-pointers and had three rebounds in 26 minutes. 

Although the Matadors were out-rebounded 50-41, they had more second chance points (18-11) and points in the paint (30-16). As a team, CSUN had 15 assists to nine turnovers and forced 15 LMU miscues. 

Alex Cowling led the Lions with 22 points and Emily Ben-Jumbro added 15 points and 14 rebounds. 

The win was CSUN's first against LMU since 1997 and the Matadors' first in Los Angeles since 1990. The Matadors' 2-0 start is their best since the 1998-99 campaign. 

Northridge returns to action with two games on the road against Pac-12 opponents. On Nov. 17, the Matadors face Oregon State and on Nov. 19, Northridge travels to Seattle to face Washington.