February 26, 2013

Matadors Venture to Hawai’i to Square off With Rainbow Wahine

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- 

Journey to Honolulu is Homecoming for Violet Alama

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (13-14, 7-8 Big West Conference) heads to Hawai'i for its only game of the week, a Mar. 2 contest against the Rainbow Wahine. The game, which will feature live stats, audio and video available at GoMatadors.com, represents a homecoming for CSUN senior Violet Alama, a Honolulu native.

Last week, CSUN dropped a pair of road games at Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.  Against the Mustangs, sophomore guard Ashlee Guay finished with 17 points as she led the Matadors in scoring for the 12th time this season. Two days later, Haley White came off the bench to pour in 17 points and tie a career high with four 3-pointers against the Gauchos.

This week features the final road game of the Matadors' 2012-13 season, a 3,000 mile journey to the Hawaiian Islands. For Alama, the trip will serve as a final opportunity to play in front of her hometown crowd and many family members. In her Matador career, Alama has grabbed over 650 rebounds and averaged over seven points and five rebonds per game while appearing in 116 contests. She ranks among the school's all-time leaders in rebounds, blocked shots and free throws.

The Rainbow Wahine are 14-12 overall and 10-5 in the Big West Conference. Hawai'i has won five of its past seven and are 5-1 at the Stan Sheriff Center in league play. Junior Kamilah Martin leads the team in scoring (15.1 points) and rebounding (9.9 boards) per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the floor. Ashleigh Karaitiana is second on the team at 8.7 ppg and guard Monica DeAngelis leads the team with 31 3-pointers.

Upon returning from Honolulu, CSUN closes out its 2012-13 season with a pair of home Big West Conference match-ups that will surely have an effect on the final league standings. On Thursday, Mar. 7, Northridge hosts Cal State Fullerton at 5 p.m. as part of a CSUN basketball doubleheader with the men's team. Two days later, the Matadors will honor their three seniors (Alama, Jianni Jackson, Felicia Walker) following a 4 p.m. game with UC Riverside.  

Violets are Matador Red 

Senior Violet Alama had 14 points and five rebounds in the loss at UC Santa Barbara. She earned her first career Big West Player of the Week honors after averaging a double-double as the Matadors split games against Pacific and UC Davis. In the loss to the Tigers, Alama posted a season-high 15 points and 13 rebounds to finish with her first double-double of the season. Two days later, she recorded 13 points and eight rebounds as the Matadors rallied past the Aggies. Alama has ramped up her rebounding over the last few weeks and is among the top five in school history. She now has 672 rebounds in her career, which stands fifth in school history. She had 12 boards in the win at UCI, added 10 at LBSU and posted 10 more in the Matadors' loss to Hawai'i. Alama is now averaging 6.2 rebounds per game, the 11th-best average in the conference. Against Big West opponents, Alama is averaging 6.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She scored 11 points in the Matadors' loss to Penn State in the CSUN Thanksgiving Classic. She also has 232 career free throws, the seventh-most in school history. In 116 career games, Alama has averaged 7.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.

A Guay with Words 

Sophomore Ashlee Guay continues to lead CSUN in scoring through 27 games after scoring a team-high 17 in the loss at Cal Poly. She finished with 15 points, including a lay-up at the buzzer, in the Matadors' win over UC Davis. She is now averaging 13.3 points per game and ranks fourth in the conference. This season, she has scored 20 points or more six times and has led the Matadors in scoring 12 times. She poured in 24 points in the loss at Long Beach State. Two days earlier in a win at UCI, Guay dished out 10 assists, the second time in her career she has reached double-figures in the category. For the year, Guay has 110 assists, 93 rebounds and 82 steals. In Big West Play, Guay is averaging 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists. She finished with 22 points in the Matadors' loss to Hawai'i and posted 18 points in the Matadors' win over Cal Poly. She drained a career-high 10 field goals and a season-high four 3-pointers in the first game against the Anteaters. 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. 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 4.1 assists per game.

Mahl-Knechting the Dots

Sophomore Camille Mahlknecht had 10 rebounds in the Matadors' dramatic victory over UC Davis. She grabbed  a career-high 16 rebounds to go with eight points in the loss at Long Beach State. Two days earlier, she came off the bench to block six shots in the win at UC Irvine. She enters the weekend averaging 6.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Her 64 blocks this year rank third in school history for a single season and with 109 blocks in 58 career games, Mahlknecht is fourth in school history. In Big West Play, Mahlknecht is averaging 5.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. She pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds to go with four blocked shots and nine points in the Matadors' victory against Cal Poly. She pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds at Pacific and also finished with five blocks. Against 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 grabbed 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 fifth in rebounds per game.

Mighty Sharpe

Sophomore Janae Sharpe scored 14 points and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds in the Matadors' home loss to Pacific. She finished with a season-high 18 points, eight field goals and seven assists in the Matadors' loss at CSU Bakersfield. For the season, she is averaging 8.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 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 10.1 points per game in 51 career appearances for the Matadors. In Big West play, Sharpe is averaging 7.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

Haley's Comet

Junior Haley White finished with a team-high 17 points and tied a career high with four 3-pointers in the loss at UC Santa Barbara. She 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 vs. the Mustangs. White dished out a game-high six assists in the home 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 88 career games with the Matadors, White has averaged 4.6 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 24 games, the second-year player from Savannah, Ga., is averaging 4.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 steals per contest. She tied a season high with three 3-pointers in the loss at Cal Poly. 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.

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 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds for the season.

Marta Masoni 

Freshman Marta Masoni has left the Matadors for personal reasons and is not expected to return, CSUN head coach Jason Flowers announced.  In 23 starts for the Matadors, Masoni averaged 12.4 points. She connected on a league-high 65 3-pointers, the second-most in school history for a single season. In all, Masoni averaged 12.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest. In Big West Play, Masoni averaged 11.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

Conference and National Notes

As of Feb. 25, CSUN leads the Big West in field goal percentage defense (.367), blocks per game (4.3) and rebounding offense (41.3). The Matadors also rank second in the conference in steals per game (11.3), turnover margin (+2.3) and offensive rebounds (15.3).

Among 343 teams in Division I as of Feb. 25, CSUN ranks 31st in steals per game, 71st in field goal percentage defense, 61st in blocks per game, 68th in 3-pointers per game and 82nd in turnover margin. Camille Mahlknecht ranks 24th in the nation in blocks per game while Ashlee Guay is 22nd in steals per game and 115th in assists per game.

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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