Matadors Go Wire-to-Wire to Down Cal Poly 83-57
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (12-13, 8-3 Big West) never trailed in defeating Cal Poly 83-57 Thursday evening in a Big West Conference contest at Mott Gym. The win marked CSUN's first at Cal Poly since 2005 and Northridge handed the Mustangs their first home defeat of the season.
Facing the Big West leaders, CSUN came out firing in the first half. The Matadors built a 22-6 lead early in the game and never looked back. The Matadors took a 54-29 lead into halftime and the lead swelled to as many as 30 a minute into the second half.
Offensively, Cinnamon Lister paced four Matadors in double-figures with 25 points on a career-high 10 field goals. She knocked down five 3-pointers and had four rebounds, two assists and four steals. Lister now needs just two more 3-pointers to set a new program single-season record.
Ashlee Guay finished with 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. She knocked down four 3-pointers and also was 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
Janae Sharpe finished with 16 points and four rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes. Camille Mahlknecht added 10 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots. Randi Friess added seven points and six rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
As a team, the Matadors shot 47.8 percent (32-of-67) from the field and 11-of-25 (44 percent) from 3-point range. Conversely, Cal Poly finished at 31.7 percent (20-of-63) from the field and 22.2 percent (2-of-9) from downtown. The Mustangs also struggled at the free throw line, finishing 15-of-30 at the charity stripe.
CSUN's defense caused problems all night and forced 18 Mustang turnovers. The Matadors converted those miscues into 20 points and also held a 30-26 advantage in points in the paint.
Ariana Elegado was the only Mustang to finish in double figures, scoring 13 points on 6-of-20 shooting from the field.
The Matadors return to action on Saturday, Feb. 15 with a home game against UC Santa Barbara. The game is CSUN's "Play 4Kay" game, named after legendary North Carolina State coach Kay Yow. Tip off is slated for 4 p.m. from The Matadome.