LONG BEACH, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (8-7, 3-0 Big West) defeated Long Beach State 57-50 in a Big West Conference game Saturday afternoon at The Walter Pyramid. Jasmine Erving led CSUN with 14 points and 10 rebounds, her sixth double-double of the season, as the Matadors snapped a five-game losing streak to Long Beach State.
The win improves Northridge's Big West record to 3-0, their best start to league action since the 2004-05 season. The Matadors really clamped down on the defensive end all game, holding Long Beach State to 34.5 percent shooting (20-of-58) for the game. CSUN also forced 26 Long Beach State turnovers that it turned into 22 points.
Erving finished 7-of-12 from the field and added two blocks to her 14 points and 10 rebounds. She now has 19 double-doubles for her career and is five points shy of 1,300 for her career.
Fresman Camille Mahlknecht led a spirited effort by the Matador bench. She finished with 11 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in 21 minutes. Junior Violet Alama had a game-high 11 rebounds to go with six points and a steal in 20 minutes of action.
Finally, Haley White added five points, two rebounds and three steals in 28 minutes of action off the bench. In all, CSUN's bench outscored Long Beach State's 24-18.
Although not a part of that bench squad, freshmen guards Ashlee Guay and Janae Sharpe also had strong games for Northridge. Guay overcame foul trouble to finish with five points and tie a season high with seven steals. Sharpe added nine points, five rebounds and five assists.
For the game, CSUN shot 37.1 percent (23-of-62) from the field and 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from the free throw line. The Matadors out-rebounded the 49ers 45-41 for the game, including 18 offensive rebounds.
Northridge remains on the road for its next two contests. On Jan. 12, the Matadors face UC Davis and then take on Pacific on Jan. 14. The Matadors return home on Jan. 19 with a Big West contest against Cal Poly.