November 29, 2013

Late Run Pushes Santa Clara Past CSUN 66-61

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

A 14-2 run over the final six minutes of the contest lifted Santa Clara to a 66-61 victory over the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-4) Friday night in the second game of the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Basketball Classic. Four Matadors finished in double figures, but a tough shooting night from the perimeter sealed their fate.

Facing each other for the third-straight season, Santa Clara and CSUN engaged in a game of runs. The Matadors never led by more than nine and carried a three-point lead into halftime. Northridge maintained the lead for the majority of the second half, but the contest hinged on a charge-block call in the second half.

Janae Sharpe's lay-up was initially ruled a charge, but then reversed to a lay-up and foul with 6:16 left in the second half. She missed the free throw and that would be the Matadors' final field goal of the game.

After chipping away, the Broncos took their first lead since early in the first half on a jumper by Katie Hawkins with 2:15 left in the game. Montana Walters delivered a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to seal the victory.

Sharpe posted a season-high 10 points and four field goals. She added five rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes off the bench. Mikayla Thielges set new career highs with 10 points and five field goals and added seven rebounds in 29 minutes.

In the backcourt, Ashlee Guay finished with a game-high 17 points and a season-high four steals. She also had six assists and four rebounds. Cinnamon Lister scored 11 points to go with three rebounds and three assists.

As a team, CSUN shot 23-of-57 from the field (40.4 percent), but just 3-of-21 (14.3 percent) from 3-point range. Santa Clara shot 23-of-55 (41.8 percent) for the game and was 16-of-17 (94.1 percent) from the free throw line.

The win by Santa Clara was the third straight by the road team in the all-time series with CSUN.

Northridge returns to action Saturday, Nov. 30 in the consolation game of the tournament. Hampton defeated Utah State 98-88 in the first game Friday, so the Aggies and Matadors will tip off at 5 p.m.

The Lady Pirates and Broncos will then duel for the tournament title at approximately 7:30 p.m., or 30 minutes after the completion of the consolation game.