February 28, 2014

Matadors Alone in First Place after Victory over Titans

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (14-14, 10-4 Big West) defeated Cal State Fullerton 79-59 at The Matadome Thursday night. Cinnamon Lister set a career high with seven 3-pointers and scored a team-high 25 points while Janae Sharpe went for 22 as the Matadors moved back into first place in the Big West standings.

The Matadors cruised to a 20-point victory over the visiting Titans. With CSUN ahead 14-12, the Matadors went on a 23-10 run to take a 37-22 lead with 4:12 to play in the first ahead. Riding that momentum, CSUN took a 44-30 lead into halftime.

In the second half, CSUN pulled away and led by as many as 30 with about 10 minutes to play. The Matadors knocked down a season-high 15 3-pointers in the victory and Lister's seven is tied for the second-most in school history for a game.

The victory, coupled with a Cal Poly loss to UC Davis, moves the Matadors back alone in first place in the league standings. If CSUN defeats UC Riverside Saturday, the Matadors would claim a share of the Big West Championship for the first time in program history.

Lister was 9-of-14 from the field and 7-of-11 from downtown in 31 minutes. She also had seven assists to zero turnovers and added two rebounds and a steal.

Sharpe knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers and finished 8-of-15 from the field. She also had seven assists and added five rebounds, a block and a steal in 31 minutes.

Ashlee Guay and Bernadette Fong each finished with nine points. Camille Mahlknecht and Randi Friess each had a team-high seven rebounds. Mahlknecht added four blocks and needs four more rejections to set a program single-season record.

The Matadors shot 53.8 percent from the field, 48.4 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line. Cal State Fullerton shot 31.9 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from beyond the arc.

CSUN hosts UC Riverside Saturday, Mar. 1 at 4 p.m. in its final regular season home game of the season. Following the contest, the Matadors will honor their two seniors participating in their final Big West game at The Matadome: Haley White and Mikayla Thielges.

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