March 14, 2013

Matadors Fall 45-31 to UCSB in Big West Tournament Quarterfinals

IRVINE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (16-16) lost 45-31 to UC Santa Barbara Wednesday evening in a Big West Tournament Quarterfinal at the Bren Events Center on the campus of UC Irvine. Northridge struggled mightily from the field throughout the contest and lost their 14th-straight game to the Gauchos.

As well as things went for the Matadors offensively in their Tuesday night victory over UC Davis was as bad as it went Wednesday. CSUN shot just 24 percent (12-of-50) from the field and scored 13 points in the first half.

In the second half, the shooting continued to struggle and Northridge shot just 19.4 percent (6-of-31) from the field. In fact, Northridge finished 0-of-12 from 3-point range in the contest.

On the other hand, UC Santa Barbara shot 45.2 percent (19-of-42) from the field for the game. Although CSUN was able to cut the lead to eight at one point, the Gauchos never lost control of the contest and never trailed at any moment Wednesday evening.

Senior Violet Alama finished with a team-high nine points, four rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes before fouling out. Ashlee Guay added six points, three assists and two steals in 38 minutes. She broke her own school record with thefts and had a league-leading 93 steals on the season.

Sweets Underwood led UCSB with a game-high 16 points and added nine rebounds.

The game marked the final appearance for three Matador seniors: Alama, Jianni Jackson and Felicia Walker.

CSUN finished the season 16-16 and had several notable moments, including a historic win over UCLA. The Matadors also defeated Santa Clara on the road and started 4-0 in conference play for the first time in their Big West history.