January 14, 2012

CSUN Completes Comeback, Defeats Pacific 72-68

STOCKTON, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (9-8, 4-1 Big West) defeated Pacific 72-68 at the Spanos Center in a Big West Conference contest Saturday afternoon. Down by 13 at halftime, CSUN mounted a furious rally in the second half and outscored Pacific 52-35 to complete the comeback.

Although a tad cliché, the game certainly was a tale of two halves. It was a first half to forget for CSUN. The Matadors trailed 33-20 after 20 minutes of action and shot just 27.3 percent (6-of-22) from the field. Meanwhile, Pacific shot 47.8 percent from the field and out-rebounded Northridge 21-10 in the frame.

The second half proved to be a much different story. Northridge shot an even 50 percent (14-of-28) in the frame compared to 27.5 percent (11-of-40) for Pacific. CSUN knocked down 23-of-28 free throws in the second half as well.

Ashlee Guay led the Matadors with 16 points, one shy of her season high. She was 10-of-12 from the free throw line and also had two assists and two steals.

Junior Jianni Jackson had easily her best game as a Matador, finishing with 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench. She had a steal and four offensive boards in 19 minutes of action.

Sophomore Haley White was the third Matador to finish in double-figures, scoring 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. White had a career-high three blocked shots in the contest and forced a pivotal traveling call on the Tigers' Erica McKenzie late in the contest.

For the game, CSUN shot an even 40 percent (20-of-50) from the field compared to 34.9 percent (22-of-63) for Pacific. The Tigers out-rebounded the Matadors 46-32, but had 25 turnovers that resulted in 19 CSUN points.

McKenzie led four Tigers in double-figures with 25 points. The loss snapped a six-game home winning streak for Pacific.

At 9-8, CSUN has its most wins in a season since the 2006-07 campaign.

Northridge will look to continue its hot play when they host Cal Poly on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in The Matadome. Two days later, UCSB comes calling to the San Fernando Valley for a 4 p.m. contest. 

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