December 7, 2011

Balanced Offense Carries CSUN to 85-55 Victory over San Jose State

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (5-4) defeated San Jose State 85-55 Wednesday evening in a non-conference game at The Matadome. Jasmine Erving, Kaitlyn Petersen and Violet Alama all scored 14 points as Northridge rolled to its largest victory in over 11 years. 

CSUN entered the game with a sizable height advantage and that played itself out in the box score. The Matadors pulled down 60 rebounds in the contest, the second-most in school history and the most ever against a Division-I opponent. The 30-point win was CSUN's largest margin of victory since a 90-54 win over Nicholls State on Nov. 25, 2000. 

Early on, Northridge would build a lead only to see SJSU comeback and close the gap. The Spartans got within 24-22 midway through the first before the Matadors closed the half on a 16-7 run to take a 40-29 lead into halftime. 

The Matadors extended their lead quickly behind an 18-6 run in the first four minutes of the second half. San Jose State would get no closer than 19 the rest of the way as 10 different Matadors scored in the contest. 

Erving added eight rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes of action for the Matadors. During the game, Erving collected her 600th career rebound and moved past LaJoyce King for sixth in school history in career points. 

Petersen knocked down a season-high four 3-pointers and dished out five assists to just one turnover in 29 minutes of action. Alama came off the bench to add eight rebounds and knock down all six of her free throw attempts. 

Freshman Camille Mahlknecht also had a nice game for Northridge, finishing with a game-high 13 rebounds and four blocks to go along with seven points and two assists. Another rookie, Ashlee Guay, added nine points, six assists and four steals in the win. Yet a third freshman, Jessica Duarte, was the fourth Matador to score in double-figures, finishing with 11 points and a season-high six rebounds. 

As a team, CSUN shot 37.8 percent (28-of-74) from the field and 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from 3-point range. The Spartans finished the contest at 35.1 percent (20-of-57) from the field and 14.3 percent (1-of-7) from downtown. Ta'Rea Cunnigan led all scorers with 16 points.

CSUN return to action on Sunday, December 11 with a home contest against Fresno State. Tip off between the Matadors and Bulldogs is slated for 2 p.m. at The Matadome. 

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