NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-3) lost 90-72 to Santa Clara Thursday evening in a non-conference game at The Matadome. Freshmen Ashlee Guay and Janae Sharpe each had 13 points for the Matadors, who could not overcome a slow start in suffering their first home loss of the season.
The match-up Thursday was a meeting of two teams who came into the contest boasting several impressive stats. For Northridge, it was a league-leading field-goal percentage defense. For Santa Clara, it was an impressive field goal and 3-point percentage. Unfortunately for CSUN, it was the Broncos who saw that trend continue.
For the game, Santa Clara made 10-of-19 3-point attempts (52.6 percent) and shot 48.5 percent (33-of-68) from the field overall. In the second half, the Broncos' lead swelled to as many as 20 as they shot 54.5 percent (18-of-33) from the field in the final 20 minutes.
On the other hand, CSUN got off to a slow start in the first half and shot just 34.6 percent (9-of-26) for the period. That resulted in a halftime score of 42-28 in Santa Clara's favor.
In the second half, CSUN got within six (50-44) with just over 16 minutes remaining in the game. However, that would be as close as the Matadors would get as the Broncos out-scored them 40-28 to close the game.
Sharpe was 4-of-8 from the field and hit the first three 3-pointers of her career before leaving the game with an apperant shoulder injury. She also ahd two assists, four rebounds and a steal in 26 minutes.
Guay added five assists, five rebounds and three steals to her 13 points in 36 minutes of action. Senior Jasmine Erving was the third Matador to reach double-figures, scoring 10 points on a career-high two 3-pointers.
A third freshman, Camille Mahlknecht, had a season-high eight rebounds and four blocked shots for the Matadors to go along with seven points.
Megan Fulps led Santa Clara with 19 points, including four 3-pointers.
Northridge will look to rebound quickly as it heads to Malibu to face Pepperdine at Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday, Dec. 3. Tip off between the Matadors and Waves is set for 4 p.m.