December 29, 2013

CSUN Can't Slow Down Oregon in 96-61 Defeat

EUGENE, Ore. ---

Boasting the nation's top scoring offense, Oregon handed the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-9) a 96-61 loss Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena in a non-conference contest. Junior Cinnamon Lister scored a career-high 26 points and knocked down a career-high six 3-pointers, one shy of matching the school record, for the Matadors in defeat.

Oregon came out firing on all cylinders, building an 18-6 lead roughly five minutes into the contest. CSUN fought back and closed to within 20-14 on a lay-up by Randi Friess. However, that would be as close as CSUN would get Sunday afternoon.

After the Friess lay-up, Oregon went on a 21-7 run that last until five minutes left in the half.  In the end, Oregon carried a 44-25 lead into halftime. The Matadors shot 32.3 percent (10-of-31) in the frame compared to 45.2 percent (19-of-42) for Oregon.

CSUN would get within 12 points midway through the half before the Ducks pulled away for good.

In the second half, Lister was nearly unstoppable from deep. She hit all six of her treys after halftime and finished 8-of-19 from the field and 6-of-14 from 3-point range for the contest. After missing the game vs. Saint Mary's, Lister finished with three assists and two rebounds in 39 minutes.

Mikayla Thielges was 4-of-10 from the field and hit two free throws to match her career high with 10 points. She added four rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes. Ashlee Guay overcame illness to finish with eight points, four rebounds and three assists. She also had a steal and needs just four more to set a new school record.

Janae Sharpe finished with eight points, four rebounds and seven assists. Friess added two points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Matadors.

As a team, CSUN shot 30.1 percent (22-of-73) from the field and 23.3 percent (7-of-30) from 3-point range. The free throw line was especially troublesome all day for Northridge; the Matadors made just 10-of-23 attempts (43.5 percent) from the charity stripe.

Chrishae Rowe led Oregon with 28 points and Jillian Alleyne had 22 points and 19 rebounds. The Ducks held a 66-37 advantage in rebounding and posted 22 second-chance points in the victory. CSUN did force 23 Oregon turnovers that it converted into 20 points.

The Matadors return home for its next game, ringing in 2014 with a Thursday, Jan. 2 contest against CSU Bakersfield. Tip off from The Matadome is slated for 7 p.m.

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