Matadors' Defense Stifles Eagles in 66-44 Victory
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-0) defeated Eastern Washington 66-44 Thursday evening in a non-conference game at The Matadome. Sophomore Camille Mahlknecht produced her first career double-double (22 points and 13 rebounds) and Ashlee Guay scored all 14 points in the second half as the Matadors held the Eagles to 25.5 percent shooting for the contest.
Northridge clamped down on Eastern Washington all night, playing aggressive defense that held the Eagles to 13-of-51 shooting from the field. The Eagles did not fare much better from 3-point range, finishing 4-of-21 from beyond the arc.
That defense helped CSUN maintain a healthy lead throughout most of the contest. Mahlknecht's 22 points set a new career high and she had 18 points and 11 rebounds by halftime. Her 13 boards tied a career high and she finished 9-of-21 from the field. Mahlknecht also knocked down two 3-pointers, dished out three assists and three blocked shots.
Guay overcame early foul trouble to finish with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. She added an assist and three rebounds to her final stat line.
Marta Masoni just missed a double-double and finished with nine points and 10 rebounds. Breeyon Alexander pumped in eight points, including two 3-pointers, and two assists in 15 minutes off the bench.
Northridge finished with only 10 turnovers in the contest and forced Eastern Washington into 22 miscues. The Matadors shot 33.3 percent from the field (24-of-71) and 36.8 percent (7-of-19) from 3-point range.
CSUN won the rebounding battle 51-44 and had 22 offensive rebounds. The Matadors out-scored the eagles 22-12 in the paint.
Northridge hits the road for its next contest, a Nov. 17 game at Arizona. Tip off between the Matadors and Wildcats is slated for 1 p.m. (MT) / Noon (PT).