Matadors Storm Past Pilots in Season Opener 70-51

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-0) defeated the University of Portland 70-51 Friday evening in both teams' season opener for the 2012-13 campaign. Sophomore Ashlee Guay scored a career-high 20 points and freshman Marta Masoniadded 17 in her Matador debut as CSUN overcame a halftime deficit with a strong second-half performance.

Trailing by four at halftime, CSUN saw the Pilots push the lead to 10 points with 15:53 left in the game. Guay and Haley White then knocked down consecutive 3-pointers and freshman Jasmine Johnson added an old-fashioned three-point play to bring CSUN within one point. A Randi Friess 3-pointer gave Northridge the lead for good and the run wound up being a 36-7 run for CSUN to close the half.

In all, CSUN out-scored Portland 41-18 in the second half and held the Pilots to 25 percent (8-of-32) shooting for the final 20 minutes of the game. Converseley, the Matadors shot 47.1 percent (16-of-34) in the second half, including 8-of-14 (57 percent) from 3-point range.

Guay was 9-of-16 from the field and added three rebounds, six assists and three steals in 36 minutes of action. Masoni scored 14 of her 17 in the second half and knocked down four 3-pointers following halftime. She added four rebounds, two assists and a steal in her first game as a Matador.

White had a strong game for CSUN off the bench. The junior finished with eight points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals in 28 minutes. Violet Alama had eight points and eight rebounds while Randi Friess had six points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals in a starting role.

For the game, CSUN shot 42.4 percent (28-of-66) from the field and 12-of-29 (41.4 percent) from 3-point range. Portland shot an even 30 percent (18-of-60) for the game and 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from 3-point range.

The Pilots edged the Matadors on the glass, 44-40, but CSUN forced 26 Portland turnovers that it converted into 23 points.

Northridge returns to action on Thursday, Nov. 15 with a home game against Eastern Washington. Tip off between the Matadors and Eagles is slated for 7 p.m. from The Matadome.