Matadors Surge to 68-52 Victory at UC Irvine

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (12-10, 6-4 Big West Conference) defeated UC Irvine 68-52 Thursday evening at The Bren Events Center in a Big West Conference contest. Marta Masoni scored a team-high 18 points, Violet Alama had 12 rebounds and Ashlee Guay finished with 10 assists as the Matadors roared back in the second half.

After trailing by four at the half, CSUN came out much more determined and focused in the second half. The Matadors shot 53.6 percent (15-of-28) from the field and finished the game at a season-high 49.1 percent (27-of-55).

Over the final 11 minutes of action, CSUN outscored UCI 26-5. In fact, the Matadors held the Anteaters to just two field goals over the final 8:22 of game action.

Bernadette Fong had a lot to do with the Matadors' second-half resurgence. The freshman from Brentwood, Calif., scored nine points and had five rebounds in 11 minutes of action after the break.

Once Fong was able to soften the interior, the rest of the Matador attack flourished. Masoni connected on three of her five 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 18 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Guay had a solid game for the Matadors before fouling out. She posted 10 assists to just two turnovers and added nine points, two rebounds and three steals in 24 minutes. It was her second career performance with double-digit assists.

Alama posted a season-high 12 rebounds, eight points, two assists and two steals. Camille Mahlknecht came off the bench to score four points and block six shots. Haley White scored all nine of her points in the first half.

The Matadors trailed 32-28 at halftime. After leading by as many as 16, the Matadors allowed the Anteaters back in the game as UCI went on a 27-7 run to close out the half. Guay had five points, four assists and three steals in the opening 20 minutes, but also had two fouls.

UC Irvine won the rebounding battle 37-33 and both teams posted 21 turnovers. However, CSUN posted 31 points off the UCI miscues and added 17 second-chance points. Behind Fong and White, the CSUN bench out-scored the Anteaters' 24-4.

The Matadors remain on the road for their next game, traveling to face Long Beach State on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tip off from the Walter Pyramid is slated for 4 p.m.