January 21, 2012

Matadors Fall in Double Overtime to Gauchos 71-67

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (10-9, 5-2 Big West) lost 71-67 to UC Santa Barbara in double overtime Saturday afternoon in a Big West Conference contest at The Matadome. Despite a cold shooting night from the field, the Matadors sent the game to two extra frames before eventually falling to the Gauchos. 

CSUN appeared to have the momentum headed into the extra periods. Jessica Duarte made a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.

In the first overtime period, Northridge led by as many as four but free throw misses allowed UCSB to stay in the game. Kelsey Adrian ended the overtime period with a 3-pointer of her own that sent the game into the second overtime period. 

In double overtime, CSUN took a one-point lead on a lay-up by Haley White with roughly 70 seconds left in the game. From there, UCSB would close the game on an 8-3 run, largely on free throws, to seal the victory. 

For the game, CSUN shot just 31.1 percent (19-of-61) from the field and 18.2 percent (2-of-11) from 3-point range. UCSB answered with 42.6 percent (26-of-61) shooting from the field and 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from 3-point range.

After starting the game 20-of-21 from the free throw line, CSUN made just seven of its last 17 attempts and finished at 71.1 percent (27-of-38) for the game. UCSB finished 13-of-17 from the free throw line for the game. 

Janae Sharpe led the Matadors and tied a season high with 19 points. She was 11-of-14 from the free throw line and added seven rebounds and three steals in 48 minutes of action. 

Jasmine Erving scored all of her 13 points after halftime and added eight rebounds and a block and steal in 28 minutes of work. Ashlee Guay added nine points, four rebounds, six assists and five steals for CSUN in defeat. 

Adrian and Emilie Johnson each had 17 points for UCSB, who improved to 8-9 overall and 3-3 in Big West play. 

The first half saw CSUN rely on its free throw shooting to keep things close. The Matadors finished 14-of-15 from the charity stripe after shooting just 5-of-22 from the field in the opening 20 minutes. Johnson hit a buzzer-beater to give the Gauchos a 28-24 lead.

Next week, Northridge faces Cal State Fullerton in Orange County on Wednesday. Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Then on Jan. 28, the Matadors take a break from Big West play to host CSU Bakersfield in The Matadome for a 7 p.m. contest.