November 17, 2011

Matadors Fall 83-63 at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, ORE. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-1) lost 83-63 to Oregon State Thursday night at Gil Coliseum in a non-conference contest. Camille Mahlknecht led the Matadors with 14 points, but the Matadors could not stop the Beavers early in the second half as they lost their first game of the season.

What was a four-point halftime deficit for Northridge quickly melted into a huge Oregon State lead. The Beavers stormed out of the locker room and quickly out-scored the Matadors 24-6 in the first nine minutes of the second half. 

Compounding matters, CSUN shot just 32.4 percent (11-of-34) from the field in the final 20 minutes and did not register a field goal until five minutes of game clock had elapsed. On the other hand, Oregon State shot 45.5 percent (15-of-33) in the second half en route to their third-straight victory to open the season.

Mahlknecht, a freshman from Agoura, Calif., led the Matadors with a season-high 14 points and seven field goals. She added six rebounds, also a season high, and two blocks in 20 minutes of action off the bench.

Senior Jasmine Erving was the only other Matador to reach double-figures, finishing with 10 points. She also had five rebounds and a block and a steal in 19 minutes. Junior Violet Alama added nine points, nine rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

In the CSUN backcourt, freshman Ashlee Guay had six points and added a season-high eight assists and six steals.

For the game, Northridge shot 36.1 percent (26-of-72) while Oregon State finished at 44.8 percent (30-of-67). The Beavers also won the rebounding battle, 55-43, and finished with 17 assists to the Matadors' 15.

OSU's Patricia Bright led all scorers with 23 points. 

The Matadors remain on the road for their next game, a meeting with Washington on Nov. 19. Tip off between the Matadors and Huskies is set for 2 p.m.