DAVIS, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (8-8, 3-1 Big West) lost 55-53 to UC Davis Thursday evening at The Pavilion in a Big West Conference game. Junior Violet Alama led all players with 19 points and Jasmine Erving added 10 points, but the Matadors could not overcome a slow start to the second half.
Trailing by 16 with 12 minutes to go, CSUN mounted a furious rally to make it interesting. At one point, CSUN went on a 11-0 run and had several chances at the end of the game to tie or take the lead.
Unfortunately, the ball just would not fall and Northridge suffered its first loss of the league campaign. CSUN found itself down big early in the second half as UCD opened the frame on a 27-13 run.
Alama posted a season-high 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She also pulled down 10 rebounds to finish with her second double-double of the season and seventh of her career. Alama also had a career-high five steals in the victory.
Erving posted 10 points and 10 rebounds to finish with her seventh double-double of the season and 20th of her career. She also had three blocked shots. During the game, Erving pulled down her 650th career rebound to move into fourth in school history. She also recorded her 1,300th career point during the game.
The Aggies held a narrow 21-19 lead at halftime. Neither team found much shooting success in the opening 20 minutes as they combined to go 16-of-63 (25.4 percent) from the field. Alama led the Matadors with 10 points, four rebounds and two steals at the break.
Blair Shinoda led the Aggies with 10 points.
As a team, CSUN shot 29.5 percent (18-of-61) for the game compared to 35.1 percent (20-of-57) for UC Davis. After being out-rebounded by 10 in the first half, CSUN finished the second half with a 25-13 advantage on the glass to end the contest with 44 rebounds.
The Matadors will look to get back on track Saturday when they head to Stockton to face the Pacific Tigers. Tip off is slated for 4 p.m.