CSUN Outlasts CSU Bakersfield 54-52

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (12-9) defeated CSU Bakersfield 54-52 Saturday afternoon in a non-conference contest at The Matadome. Jasmine Erving led Northridge with 17 points and eight rebounds and Jessica Duarte added all 10 of her points in the second half as the Matadors snapped a three-game losing streak to the Roadrunners.

Competing with only six players in uniform, CSU Bakersfield put on a gritty performance. The Roadrunners led for the majority of the game and forced 30 CSUN turnovers that they turned into 29 points. 

Northridge was able to counter those miscues do to its dominance on the boards. The Matadors out-rebounded the Roadrunners 59-31 for the game and Janae Sharpe and Randi Friess each set new season bests with nine boards. 

Erving finished 7-of-19 from the field and moved up the school career charts in several categories. She now has 1,370 points, the third-most in school history, and 556 career field goals, the second-most in school history. Finally, with two blocked shots Saturday, Erving tied Crystal Hahs for the school record with 136 career rejections. 

Duarte knocked down two 3-pointers and added four rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench. Fellow rookie Ashlee Guay posted four points, four rebounds and seven assists. Sharpe had five points, three assists and five steals to go with her nine boards. Friess added six points to her nine rebounds.

As a team, CSUN shot 34.9 percent (22-of-63) from the field and 4-of-16 (25 percent) from 3-point range. CSUB finished at 31.7 percent (19-of-60) from the field and 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from 3-point range. 

The first half was not CSUN's best as CSUB took advantage of 17 Matador turnovers to hold a 32-24 halftime lead. Erving had 12 points in the frame, but after leading 8-3 early in the contest, CSUN saw CSUB close the half on a 29-16 run. 

Next week, CSUN resumes Big West action with a pair of games on the road. On Feb. 2, Northridge faces UC Riverside and then travels to UC Irvine for a contest on Feb. 4. Both games are slated to start at 4 p.m.