Defense Clamps Down in CSUN's 61-40 Victory over UC Davis in Big West Tournament

IRVINE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (16-15) defeated UC Davis 61-40 Tuesday evening in the Big West Tournament's First Round at the Bren Events Center on the campus of UC Irvine. Violet Alama and Ashlee Guay each scored 14 for the Matadors, who used a quick start and tough defense to defeat the Aggies and post their first win in the league's postseason tournament since 2009.

Northridge came out firing on all cylinders Tuesday night. The Matadors made 13 of their first 20 shots and led by as many as 17 in the first half. In all, CSUN shot 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the field in opening 20 minutes to take a 33-21 lead into the locker room.

Although the shooting cooled off a little bit in the second half, the Northridge defense did not. UC Davis shot 8-of-28 (28.6 percent) in the first half and 6-of-32 (18.8 percent) in the second half. The Aggies finished at 14-of-60 (23.3 percent) from the field. They became the seventh Matador opponent to be held to under 50 points this season.

Alama was a force inside all night. She posted 10 points in the first half and finished 7-of-13 from the field. She added six points and an assist in 21 minutes of action.

Guay finished 5-of-10 from the field and added eight rebounds, a block and a steal in 38 minutes of action. Haley White scored 12 points for CSUN, including two 3-pointers, and added seven rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes.

Camille Mahlknecht was the fourth CSUN player to finish in double figures. She came off the bench to post 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in 34 minutes.

Sydnee Fipps, a 2012-13 All-Big West First Team honoree, led UC Davis with 13 points but was 4-of-13 from the field with eight rebounds before fouling out after 32 minutes on the floor.

The Matadors won the rebounding battle 40-33 and had 15 assists on 24 field goals. Randi Friess led CSUN with three steals.

Northridge returns to action Wednesday evening with a match-up against the tournament's fourth seed, UC Santa Barbara. Tip off between the Matadors and Gauchos from the Bren Events Center is slated for approximately 8:30 p.m.