February 6, 2012

Historic Week Earns Jasmine Erving Big West Player of the Week Honors

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- After posting a pair of double-doubles in two conference road wins last week, CSUN senior Jasmine Erving has been named the Big West Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. In wins at UC Riverside and UC Irvine, Erving averaged 29 points and 10 rebounds, including a career-high 36 points in Northridge's victory over the Anteaters. 

One of the most productive players in Northridge history, Erving continued to move up several career charts in school history.

At UC Riverside, Erving finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds as CSUN overcame a 14-point deficit to secure its first road win in the series in over six years. In fact, she scored all 22 of her points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the second half as the Matadors out-scored the Highlanders 42-23. 

Two days later, Erving scored a career-high 36 points on 16-of-22 (72.7 percent) shooting from the field as CSUN posted a 21-point victory at UC Irvine. She added 10 rebounds and a career-high four assists in the win over the Anteaters and her 16 field goals set a new school Division I single-game record. 

At 1,428 career points, Erving has now passed Denise Sitton for the second-most points in Northridge history. Erving is also second in school history in career field goals (582) and is tied for the most blocks in school history with 136 career rejections. 

"Last week was very exciting and I want to thank my teammates and coaches for all their hard work in helping me get this award," Erving said. "At UC Irvine, we really put it all together and put forth a strong effort for the whole game. We played really well and I look forward to the rest of the league season and the challenges ahead." 

Her head coach, Jason Flowers, came away impressed after the senior center put in some extra time in film study to prepare for the games.

"Jasmine did a great job last week and the extra film work she put in with Coach Trutanic really showed in her performances," Flowers said. "It's great to see a player take the lessons they learn through film study and then apply it with success in games." 

It was the second time this season Erving has earned the conference's weekly recognition. She also received the award in late November after CSUN defeated Colgate and West Virginia in the Matadors' Thanksgiving Holiday Tournament.

Among league players, Erving ranks third in scoring (15.4 points), second in rebounding (8.6 rebounds) and leads all players with 33 blocked shots. 

Erving, Flowers and the Matadors return to action on Saturday, Feb. 11 when they host the 49ers of Long Beach State at The Matadome. Tip off is slated for 4 p.m.