BAKERSFIELD, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (11-9) lost 70-62 to CSU Bakersfield Wednesday evening in a non-conference contest at the Icardo Center. Janae Sharpe scored a season-high 18 points, but the Matadors could not hold on to a nine-point lead early in the second half and ultimately fell to the Roadrunners.
Trailing by one at halftime, CSUN stormed out of the locker room on a 14-4 run to take a nine-point lead with 17:04 left in the game. However, CSUB, who entered the game on a five-game winning streak, was undeterred and fought back.
The Roadrunners eventually tied the game at 60-60 and then closed the contest on a 10-2 run. The Matadors were hampered by too many missed lay-ups and empty possessions in dropping the game. In all, the game featured eight lead changes and seven ties.
Sharpe had a strong game for the Matadors in the defeat. In addition to the 18 points, she had four rebounds and a season-high seven assists in 31 minutes of action.
Haley White was the other Matador to finish in double figures, scoring 10 points off the bench. She added four rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes of work. Marta Masoni and Ashlee Guay each finished with eight points.
As a team, CSUN shot 37.7 percent from the field (26-0f-69). After starting the second half by making their first six baskets, the Matadors finished made only six of their final 33 attempts from the field and shot 30.8 percent (12-of-39) from the field over the final 20 minutes.
The Matadors lost the rebounding battle 44-39 and no CSUN player had more than five boards in the contest. CSUN committed 19 turnovers that resulted in 24 Roadrunner points and both teams finished with 12 points on the fast break.
The Matadors battled back to trail by just one at halftime, 33-32. Sharpe had one of her strongest halves of the season and had nine points at the break. She was 5-of-7 from the field and added four assists in the opening 20 minutes. Guay and Masoni each had five points at the break as well.
CSUN will get back to Big West play this Saturday in an important contest against Hawai'i. Tip off between the Matadors and Rainbow Wahine is slated for 4 p.m. at The Matadome.