NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team received an at-large berth to the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) and will play at the University of San Diego on Friday, March 16. At 17-13 overall, including an 11-5 second-place finish in the Big West Conference, the Matadors will participate in the postseason for just the second time in the program's Division I history.
"We are humbled and excited about being invited to play in the WNIT," CSUN head coach Jason Flowers said. "This is another accomplishment that should be credited to our players and all their hard work. We look forward to the challenge of playing a really good team in USD."
The Matadors make their first appearance in the postseason since the 1998-99 campaign, when CSUN won the Big Sky Championship and participated in the NCAA Tournament. Having won 13 more games than it did last season, Cal State Northridge is among the top turnarounds in the nation this season.
San Diego enters the game at 22-8 on the season after a 12-4 finish in the West Coast Conference. The Toreros have three players averaging in double-figures, led by senior guard Dominique Conner's 16.4 points per game. Morgan Woodrow (12.9 ppg) and Amy Kame (11.6ppg ) are the other two and Izzy Chilcott leads the team in rebounding at 6.5 boards per game.
CSUN was one of four Big West Conference schools selected in the 64-team field. Cal Poly, the league's regular season champion, travels to Washington. UC Davis heads to Corvallis, Ore., to face Oregon State and Pacific hosts Arizona State in Stockton in a game where the winning team will face the winner of the CSUN-USD match-up.
For Northridge, the game offers at least one more opportunity for CSUN's outstanding senior, Jasmine Erving. An All-Big West First Team selection this season, Erving leads Northridge in scoring (15.2 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg) and will finish her career ranked among the school's all-time greats.
The Matadors also feature the Big West Freshman of the Year in Janae Sharpe, a guard from Rialto, Calif., who averaged over 11 points per game and has reached double-figures in 18 contests.
Fellow rookie guard Ashlee Guay earned All-Big West Honorable Mention and All-Big West Freshman Team honors after setting a school record in steals and leading the conference in that and assists.
Violet Alama earned All-Big West Honorable Mention and was named Big West Co-Sixth Woman of the Year and is averaging 7.1 ppg and 5.9 rpg in her junior season.
More information on CSUN's game at San Diego will be published as it is made available.