Matadors Fend Off Upset-Minded Anteaters 59-48

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (10-5, 4-0 Big West) defeated UC Irvine (4-12, 0-4 Big West) 59-48 Saturday afternoon in a Big West Conference contest at The Matadome. Ashlee Guay scored 24 points, including a career-high four 3-pointers, and Marta Masoni added 20 as the Matadors jumped out to a 4-0 start in league play for the first time in their Big West history.

The Matadors were never in total of control Saturday afternoon as they improved to 6-1 at home this season. After taking a 28-22 lead into halftime, the Anteaters came out and eventually cut the lead to two (43-41) with 10:41 left to play.

Masoni then drained one of her career-high-tying six 3-pointers, Guay added a fastbreak layup and CSUN never looked back. The run wound up being a 16-7 Northridge advantage over the final 10 minutes.

UCI stayed in the game due to its work on the glass. The Anteaters out-rebounded the Matadors 45-28 and had 13 second-chance points. Violet Alama led the Matadors with seven boards while UC Irvine's Camille Buckley had a game-high 12 rebounds.

Guay continued her stellar play by finishing 10-of-15 from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range. She added three steals in 30 minutes of action and is now averaging 15.0 points per game.

Masoni finished with 20 points and tied her season high with six 3-pointers. She had three rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes and is averaging 13.9 points per game. Masoni is shooting 47-of-109 (.431) from 3-point range on the year.

Northridge shot 38.6 percent (22-of-57) compared to 33.3 percent (18-of-54) for UC Irvine. The Matadors forced 28 Anteater turnovers and converted those miscues into 24 points. As a team, CSUN had 17 assists, seven blocks and 15 steals.

Kelly Meggs and Jennifer Tsurumoto each had nine points for UC Irvine. CSUN's Haley White had a game-high six assists, three steals and three rebounds off the bench.

The Matadors return to action next week with a pair of road games. Northridge will face UC Davis on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. and then face Pacific on Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. CSUN's next home game is slated for Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. against UC Santa Barbara.