Jan. 2, 2009
STOCKTON, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (3-11, 0-1 BWC) lost, 63-58, Friday night to Pacific at the Alex G. Spanos Center in its Big West Conference season opener. Senior Tonicia Tademy scored a career-high 17 points in the defeat, while senior Whitney Ligon added 15 and freshman Bridgette Conejo chipped in 13 points off the bench.
Trailing by as many as 16 in early in the second half, the Matadors fought back to close the Tigers' lead to as little as three at 61-58 with 5:26 to play following a jumper from Tademy. However, Pacific's Amber Simmons hit three of four free throws down the stretch to seal the win for the Tigers.
Tademy finished 8-of-15 from the field in the contest, establishing a new career high in field goals. She added six assists, three steals and had a career-high seven steals for Northridge. She is averaging 6.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game for the season.
Ligon was 4-of-11 from the field and 6-of-9 from the free throw line. She added one rebound and one assist to her final line. Conejo came off the bench to spark the Matadors with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and an assist.
The Tigers out-rebounded Northridge, 47-27, and Gretchen Tiernan led the team with 21 points courtesy of seven 3-pointers. CSUN did fource 26 Pacific turnovers in the contest, which it converted into 14 points. The Tigers held a 34-24 advantage at halftime.
In other CSUN news, freshman Jasmine Erving scored all nine of her points in the second half and finished with eight rebounds and a game-high four blocked shots. The Matadors finished the game shooting 37.7 percent from the field (20-of-53) compared to 34.6 percent (18-of-52) for Pacific.
The Matadors return to action Sunday when they face UC Davis at 2 p.m. Dave Caldwell will provide play-by-play coverage on gomatadors.com.