CSUN Women's Hoops Collects Multiple All-Big West Honors
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team collected multiple 2011-12 All-Big West awards as voted upon by the league's coaches, the conference office announced Monday. CSUN collected three individual awards as Janae Sharpe was named Freshman of the Year. Violet Alama was named Co-Sixth Woman of the Year and Jason Flowers was named Coach of the Year. Senior Jasmine Erving earned All-Big West First Team honors, Sharpe was named to the Second Team and Ashlee Guay and Alama received Honorable mention accolades.
At 17-12 overall and 11-5 in the Big West Conference, the Matadors have had one of the top turnarounds in the nation this season. The 17 wins matched CSUN's total from the previous four seasons combined.
Sharpe became the first Matador since the 1994-95 season to earn her conference's Freshman of the Year honors and the first to earn the award since CSUN joined the Big West Conference. She averaged 12.9 points during the league's regular season, including a season-high 19 points in the Matadors' regular season finale against Cal State Fullerton. Sharpe also earned All-Big West Second Team honors, the only rookie in the league to earn a spot among the top 11 players in the conference.
For the year, Sharpe is averaging 11.4 points, ninth among all Big West Players, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals per contest. She ranks second among all conference players with 101 free throws made and 135 free throw attempts.
Erving capped off a phenomenal senior campaign with First Team honors after earning Second Team honors the past two seasons. This year, she is averaging a career-high 15.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest. She set a school record for career blocks and will finish among the school's all-time Top Five in career points, rebounds, free throws, field goals and blocks.
Erving scored a career-high 36 points on a school-record 16 field goals at UC Irvine. In the conference's regular season, Erving averaged a team-high 14.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest while shooting over 47 percent from the field. She has scored in double-figures 75 times in her career and has 25 career double-doubles.
Guay earned All-Big West Honorable Mention and All-Big West Freshman Team honors. She currently leads the Big West Conference in assists (120) and with a school-record 89 steals. Guay has had two games with seven steals, two with six and six more with at least four. She is also averaging 8.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest
Alama received All-Big West Honorable Mention and Co-Sixth Woman of the Year honors in her junior season. She is averaging 7.1 points and 6.0 rebounds, the ninth-best average in the conference, per game. In the regular season finale against Cal State Fullerton, Alama finished with six points, seven rebounds and a team-high four assists.
Flowers, in his second season at the helm, has been instrumental in turning the program from ninth place a year ago to second in 2011-12. This year's freshman class, comprised of Sharpe, Guay, Camille Mahlknecht, Randi Friess and Kourtney Ainsworth, has been key in changing the culture of the program.
"The student-athletes worked extremely hard all season and I am proud of this group for what they've accomplished and what's still to come," Flowers said. "Our record is the result of a strong effort by our student-athletes, coaching staff and administrative personnel all season. I am humbled by the recognition, but understand that this award is indicative of a good team."
Northridge hosts Long Beach State on Tuesday, Mar. 6 at The Matadome in a Big West Tournament Quarterfinal. Tip off between the Matadors and 49ers is slated for 7 p.m. The winner of the game will advance to Tournament Semifinals at The Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday, Mar. 9.