March 2, 2013

Sluggish First Half Sinks CSUN at Hawai'i, 69-60

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The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (13-15, 7-9 Big West) lost 69-60 to Hawai'i Saturday afternoon in a Big West Conference game at the Stan Sheriff Center. Ashlee Guay led all players with 17 points, but CSUN could not overcome a 13-point first half performance in losing to the Rainbow Wahine.

CSUN struggled mightily on the offensive end in the opening 20 minutes. The Matadors shot 5-of-23 from the field (21.7 percent), had 15 turnovers and scored 13 points. CSUN had just one field goal over the final 13 minutes of action in the first half.

Having to dig themselves out of a substantial hole, the Matadors made the second half competitive and out-scored Hawai'i 47-44 in the frame. Northridge cut the lead to as few as four points late in the second half, but could not get any closer.

Guay finished 7-of-15 from the field with two 3-pointers and two steals. Janae Sharpe posted 15 points, four assists, five rebounds and three steals. Violet Alama, playing in front of her hometown crowd, finished with 14 points.

As a team, CSUN finished at 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the field compared to 51.2 percent (22-of-43) for Hawai'i. The Rainbow Wahine won the rebounding battle, 34-26, and Hawai'i had 25 turnovers to 22 for Northridge.

Four Rainbow Wahine players finished in double figures, led by 15 points for Kamilah Martin.

The Matadors have just two games left in their regular season and fortunately, both will be at The Matadome. On Thursday, Mar. 7, CSUN hosts Cal State Fullerton at 5 p.m. as part of a Matador Basketball doubleheader.

Two days later, Northridge hosts UC Riverside at 2 p.m. on Senior Day. Following the game with the Highlanders, the Matadors will honor their three seniors: Alama, Jianni Jackson and Felicia Walker.

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