Jan. 2, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Pacific Tigers (3-8, 1-0 BWC) needed an extra period to hold off the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-8, 0-1 BWC) 76-70 Saturday evening at The Matadome. Pacific outscored Northridge 16-10 in the overtime period, including a 12-0 run that was too much for the Matadors to overcome. Sophomore Bridgette Conejo led Northridge with 16 points to go along with seven rebounds in the losing effort.
Yet again, the story of the game was the Matadors' poor free throw shooting. Northridge made only 12-of-30 free throws for the game (40 percent), while Pacific connected on 27-of-42 attempts (64.3 percent). This proved especially costly in the overtime period. Pacific would go 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) in the extra frame, while Northridge would miss all four of their tries in the final five minutes.
The story of the second half was the performance of Pacific Sophomore Christina Thompson, who scored 19 of her game-high 23 points in the second half and overtime. Pacific made a concerted effort to get the ball to Thompson after halftime, and she made her living around the basket and from the foul line, knocking down 11-of-14 free throws for the game.
For CSUN, freshman Amanda Thomson added 12 points on 2-of-3 shooting from behind the 3-point line. Sophomore Jasmine Erving and Junior Analee Viena-Lota contributed 11 points apiece. Viena-Lota and freshman Violet Alama each pulled down 9 rebounds for the Matadors.
Pacific took a 31-28 lead into halftime after leading for the majority of the first half, but never by a margin of more than six. Junior guard Jennifer Fath's eight points and four steals led the Tigers in the opening frame, while Viena-Lota and Conejo paced Northridge with seven points each. Viena-Lota also grabbed seven rebounds in the first twenty minutes of play.
Two Thompson free throws with 3:47 left to go in regulation put the Tigers up by 7, but Northridge came roaring back. A jumper by Alama brought the Matadors within 5, then a free throw by Erving followed by a Thomson jumper cut the Pacific lead to 2. Erving's lay-up with 13 seconds remaining tied the game at 60, and Pacific was unable to convert on two point-blank attempts as time expired.
The loss drops Northridge to 0-1 in the Big West Conference, but the Matadors will have the chance to rebound this week against UC Davis (7-5). The game will be played Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Matadome. Free admission will be granted to all fans ages 60 & up.