January 29, 2013

CSUN Breaks from League Play at CSUB Before Hosting Hawai’i

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Matadors Face Roadrunners, Rainbow Wahine

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- 

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (11-8, 5-3 Big West Conference) splits time between a road game and a home contest this week as it closes out the first half of conference play. On Wednesday, January 30, the Matadors break from Big West play  and hit the road to face CSU Bakersfield at 7 p.m. in the Icardo Center. Three days later, Northridge closes out the first half of Big West play by hosting the league's newest member, Hawai'i, in a 4 p.m. game at The Matadome. Both games will feature live stats, audio and video at GoMatadors.com and fans are encouraged to check with the CSUN Athletic Department's official Twitter handle (@GoMatadors) for in-game updates.

Last week, CSUN split a pair of home games. The Matadors started the weekend with a disappointing 56-37 loss to UC Santa Barbara. Northridge shot under 25 percent from the field against the Gauchos and no Matador player scored in double-figures. 

Two days later, the Matadors rebounded with a dramatic 80-70 double-overtime victory against Cal Poly. Junior Haley White scored a career-high 21 points and eight field goals as Northridge went on a 10-0 run over the final four minutes of the second half to force the extra period. In overtime, Ashlee Guay scored two of her 18 points on a tying lay-up with seconds left and in double overtime, Janae Sharpe and Marta Masoni connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to give CSUN the decisive edge.

CSU Bakersfield carries a five-game winning streak into Wednesday's contest. Amber Williams leads the Roadrunners in scoring at 13.9 points per game while Janae Coffee and Tyonna Outland average 12.5 and 11.2 points, respectively. CSUB is shooting 35.9 percent from the field and averages 39 rebounds per game on the year.

Hawai'i is 9-10 overall and 5-3 in the Big West Conference. Kamilah Martin leads the squad in scoring (15.9) and rebounding (9.1) while shooting 51.7 percent from the field.  In Big West action, Ashleigh Karaitiana is averaging 10.5 points per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the field. As a team, Hawai'i is shooting 43.8 percent from the field while averaging 38.4 rebounds per game.

A Guay with Words 

Sophomore Ashlee Guay continues to lead CSUN in scoring through 19 games after posting 18 points in the Matadors' win over Cal Poly. She led all scorers with 22 points against LBSU and 24 points against UCI. She drained a career-high 10 field goals and a season-high four 3-pointers against the Anteaterss and had three steals in each game. Guay scored a game-high 18 points in the Matadors' road win at Cal State Fullerton and poured in a career-high 28 points in the Matadors' historic victory at UCLA. She is now averaging 13.4 points per game to lead the team and rank fourth in the conference. This season, she has scored 20 points or more four times and has led the Matadors in scoring eight times. Guay earned all-tournament honors at CSUN's Thanksgiving Classic after averaging 15 points, nine assists and five rebounds in the two games. She dished out a career-high 12 assists, matching the school record, in the Matadors' loss to Penn State and is now averaging 3.8 assists per game. She scored a game-high 20 points in the Matadors' season-opening victory over Portland, including a career-high nine field goals. For that performance, Guay was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week. For the year, Guay has 73 assists, 60 rebounds and 58 steals. In Big West Play, Guay is averaging 12.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Meet the Meteoric Marta Masoni 

Freshman Marta Masoni continues to have a strong first season with the Matadors. She ranks second on the Matadors in scoring and seventh in the Big West Conference at 12.8 points per game. She totaled five 3-pointers in the games against UCSB and Cal Poly and had 13 points at Pacific. Against Long Beach State, Masoni scored 19 points, including a season-high six free throws, and then added 20 points and six 3-pointers in the win over UC Irvine. Masoni knocked down a season-high six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points in the Matadors' win at UCLA. She matched her season high with 22 points in the win at Santa Clara, finishing 8-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. She produced a season-high 22 points, including five 3-pointers, in the Matadors' loss to Penn State in the CSUN Thanksgiving Classic. Through 19 games, Masoni is averaging 12.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest. In Big West Play, Masoni is averaging 11.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists. She leads the Big West Conference in 3-pointers (56) and at 40.6 percent from beyond the arc (56-of-138). She started her career with a bang, finishing with 17 points, including five 3-pointers, as Northridge defeated Portland. Originally from Taranto, Italy, Masoni was a member of the Italian Women's Basketball team that captured the U-18 European Championships in 2010.

Mahl-Knechting the Dots

Sophomore Camille Mahlknecht had a team-high 10 rebounds to go with four blocked shots and nine points in the Matadors' victory against Cal Poly. She enters the weekend averaging 6.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. She pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds at Pacific and also finished with five blocks. Against Long Beach State, she posted seven points, nine rebounds and three blocks and at UC Riverside, Mahlknecht finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Against San Francisco, she just missed a triple-double by posting 14 points, 13 rebounds and a school-record eight blocked shots. She had 14 points and five blocks in the win over South Alabama and tied a career high with 13 rebounds against Penn State. Mahlknecht produced her first career double-double when she finished with a career-high 22 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Eastern Washington. She also had a career-high nine field goals and three blocks in the win over the Eagles. She leads the Big West Conference in blocks per game and is fourth in rebounds per game. Her 48 blocks this season ranks third in school history for a single season and with 93 blocks in 50 career games, Mahlknecht is tied for sixth in school history. In Big West Play, Mahlknecht is averaging 6.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.

Mighty Sharpe

Sophomore Janae Sharpe has made an immediate impact for CSUN since returning from a lower body injury. For the season, she is averaging 8.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game. She posted 12 points and hit an important 3-pointer in the second overtime in CSUN's win against Cal Poly. At UC Davis, Sharpe had 15 points and tied a career high with 11 free throws. She scored 10 points in the win at Cal State Fullerton and tied for a team-high 12 points and had four steals at Oklahoma. She finished with 16 points in the loss to the Spartans, adding five field goals, five free throws and three rebounds. Against San Francisco, Sharpe finished with 11 points, five assists and three rebounds in 18 minutes of action. At Fresno State, she produced 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. The 2011-12 Big West Freshman of the Year, Sharpe has averaged 10.5 points per game in 43 career appearances for the Matadors. In Big West Play, Sharpe is averaging 7.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Haley's Comet

Junior Haley White scored a career-high 21 points and eight field goals in the Matadors' double-overtime victory over Cal Poly. She also finished with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and tied a career best with four free throws. White dished out a game-high six assists in the win over UC Irvine. She also hit two key 3-pointers in the Matadors' win at UCLA and finished with eight points against the Bruins. She had a strong start to her third season with the Matadors. In the win over Portland, White came off the bench to finish with eight points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals. The 10 dimes matched White's career high and the seven rebounds were two shy of her career best. In 80 career games with the Matadors, White has averaged 4.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

Georgia on My Mind

Sophomore Randi Friess continues to earn large playing time due to her hustle and defense. Through 19 games, the second-year player from Savannah, Ga., is averaging 4.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals per contest. In CSUN's win at UCLA, she pulled down a team-high nine rebounds to go with six points, three assists and two steals. She produced her first two career double-digit scoring performances earlier in the season. She poured in a career-high 12 points in the Matadors' loss at Arizona and then scored 10 points, including a career-high three 3-pointers, in the Matadors' loss to Penn State. Friess produced a career-high four field goals against Arizona and tied a career high with nine rebounds in the Matadors' win over Eastern Washington.

Violets are Matador Red

Senior Violet Alama scored a season-high 11 points in the Matadors' loss to Penn State in the CSUN Thanksgiving Classic. The day before, she pulled down a season-high nine rebounds in the Matadors' win over South Alabama. Alama opened the season with eight points and eight rebounds in the Matadors' season-opening victory over Portland. She now has 606 rebounds in her career, which stands sixth in school history. She also has 222 career free throws, the eighth-most in school history. In 106 career games, Alama has averaged 7.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest.

I'm Sorry Ms. Jackson

Senior Jianni Jackson had her best game of the season in the Matadors' loss at Oklahoma. Jackson posted 12 points, a career-high five field goals and a team-high seven rebounds against the Sooners. Against San Jose State, she finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. In fact, the eight boards set a new career best for Jackson in her time at Northridge. In the win over Santa Clara, she tied a career high with two 3-pointers and is now averaging 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in nine contests.

Conference and National Notes

As of Jan. 28, CSUN leads the Big West in field goal percentage defense (.348), blocked shots (4.6), turnover margin (+2.5), and defensive rebounds (27.1). The Matadors also rank second in the conference in scoring defense (58.7), scoring margin (+2.6), 3-point field goal percentage (.329),  steals per game (11.1) and 3-pointers per game (6.8).

Among 343 teams in Division I as of Jan. 28, CSUN ranks 29th in field goal percentage defense, 37th in steals per game, 43rd in 3-pointers per game and blocks per game, 51st in 3-point field goal defense, 68th in 3-point field goal percentage, 71st in turnover margin and 111th in scoring defense. Freshman Marta Masoni checks in at 18th in 3-pointers per game  and 27th in 3-point percentage. Camille Mahlknecht ranks 19th in the nation in blocks per game while Ashlee Guay is 29th in steals per game and 113th in field goal percentage.

Matadors Sign Four to NLIs

Cal State Northridge head coach Jason Flowers has announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to begin play with the Matadors starting in the 2013-14 season. Amber Blockmon, Emily Cole, Katelin King and Samantha Young bring prolific prep careers and outstanding character to the Matadors.

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