February 18, 2013

Violet Alama Earns First Career Big West Player of the Week Honors

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

Cal State Northridge senior Violet Alama was named the Big West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Alama averaged 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as the Matadors split a pair of conference contests at The Matadome. 

In a loss to Pacific, Alama finished with a season-high 15 points and 13 rebounds. The performance was her first double-double of the season and her third-straight game with double-figure rebounds.

On her recent spurt in rebounding, Alama said, "I have really embraced the role the coaches have given to me and am doing everything I can to make our team better." 

Two days later, Alama posted 13 points and six rebounds as the Matadors rallied for a buzzer-beating victory over UC Davis. She posted a season-high six field goals against the Aggies and had a key basket in the game's closing moments. 

"That game and ending really showed the maturity of our point guard," Alama added. "She has put in lots of work and has the confidence to take that shot in that moment. I wouldn't want anyone else." 

For the week, Alama shot 11-of-25 from the field and 12 of her 21 rebounds came on the offensive glass. For the season, Alama is averaging 6.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. She ranks 11th in the conference in rebounds per game and is averaging 7.5 rebounds in league contests. 

Alama has been a strong rebounder throughout her Matador career. She currently stands at fifth in school history with 664 career rebounds, an average of 5.8 per game in 114 contests. 

Alama and the Matadors return to action on Thursday, Feb. 21 with a 7 p.m. road contest at Cal Poly.

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