January 19, 2013

Matadors Stumble in 60-51 loss to Pacific

STOCKTON, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (10-7, 4-2 Big West) lost 60-51 to Pacific (14-3, 4-1 Big West) Saturday afternoon at the Alex G. Spanos Center in a Big West Conference contest. Marta Masoni led CSUN with 13 points, but the Matadors could not stop the Tigers late in the second half after cutting the lead to one point.

Trailing at halftime, the Matadors cut the Pacific lead down to 43-42 with 7:44 left in the game. That was as close as they would get the rest of the way as the Tigers hit several big 3-pointers to pull away. In all, Pacific outscored the Matadors, 17-9 from that point.

Masoni finished 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from 3-point range in 33 minutes. She added three rebounds and two steals in the defeat.

Camille Mahlknecht had a team-high 12 rebounds and just missed a double-double by posting nine points. She also had five blocked shots, two assists and two steals for the Matadors. Violet Alama had nine points and five rebounds and Jianni Jackson added eight points and five rebounds off the bench.

The Matadors shot 28.1 percent (18-of-64) from the field and 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from downtown. Pacific finished at 32.8 percent (19-of-58) from the field and 40.0 percent (8-of-20) from 3-point range.

The Tigers held a 48-43 advantage on the boards as Kendall Kenyon pulled down a game-high 22 rebounds. She added 19 points and eight blocked shots to her final line.

Northridge trailed 23-20 at halftime. They led 20-14 before the Tigers closed the half on a 9-0 run. CSUN got back in the game in the opening 20 minutes on an 11-0 of its own.

CSUN will look to snap this skid when it hosts UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly at The Matadome next week.