SAN JOSE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-3) lost 73-63 to San Jose State (3-3) Saturday afternoon in a nonconference contest at The Events Center. After holding a five-point lead at halftime, the Spartans blitzed the Matadors to start the second half and never looked back in the victory.
SJSU shot a simmering 54.8 percent in the second half to pull away from the Matadors. That hot shooting helped the Spartans outscore Northridge 49-34 in the second half. Conversely, Northridge shot 35.5 percent in the second half (11-of-31) and just 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from 3-point range.
CSUN cut the lead to as few as six but could not get any closer as the Matadors saw their three-game winning streak against the Spartans snapped.
The first half was a defined by runs for both teams. After SJSU used a spurt to take a 16-12 lead, Northridge went on a 17-0 run to take a 29-16 lead. San Jose State then answered with an 8-0 run to close the half as Northridge held a 29-24 lead at the break.
Sophomore Janae Sharpe, playing in her second game of the season after returning from a lower body injury, led four Matadors in double figures with 16 points. She added three rebounds, two assists and three steals in 28 minutes of action.
Marta Masoni finished with 13 points and had four rebounds and three assists. Ashlee Guay and Jianni Jackson each had 11 points for CSUN. Guay added six assists and five steals while Jackson had eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
For the game, Northridge shot 32.4 percent (22-of-68) compared to 43.3 percent (26-of-60) for the Spartans. Turnovers were high for both squads, with San Jose State holding a 31-28 edge in miscues.
Led by 19 rebounds from Riana Byrd, SJSU out-rebounded CSUN 47-38 for the contest. Byrd added 17 points and Ta'Rea Cunnigan scored a game-high 20 for San Jose State.
San Jose State out-scored the Matadors 46-22 in the paint and had 15 second-chance points to 11 for Northridge.
Northridge will look to rebound from the loss with a Dec. 5 home contest against San Francisco. The Matadors and Dons will tip off at 5 p.m. as the game is part of CSUN Basketball doubleheader in which the men's team will face Vanguard at 7:30 p.m. Separate tickets are required for each contest.