Matadors Fall to UC Davis in Big West Action, 82-56
Jan. 4, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Despite a strong effort by senior Katrina Thompson, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-9, 0-2 BWC) fell to UC Davis (8-6, 1-1 BWC) 82-56 Monday night at The Matadome. Thompson led the Matadors with a season-high 16 points and seven rebounds, including a career-best 4-of-6 performance from 3-point range.
UC Davis got off to a strong start, jumping out to a 17-7 lead over Northridge less than 10 minutes into the game. The lead would only grow from there, as the Aggies took a 38-20 advantage into intermission.
One reason for the Aggies' halftime lead was their performance at the free throw line. UC-Davis went 13-for-19 from the line in the first half, while Northridge only got to the line four times, converting on two of those attempts. The other reason was Paige Mintun, who had already put up 13 points and five rebounds by the end of the first half.
However, Northridge would come out strong to start the second-half. Two Thompson 3-pointers helped trim the Aggies' lead to 10 with 10:19 remaining, but UC Davis was able provide an immediate answer. A three-pointer by Lisa Peterson at the 10:00 mark extended the Davis lead to 13, followed by another trey by Cortney French at the 9:19 mark pushed the lead back out to 16.
Another 3-pointer by Thompson at the 8:44 mark would pull the Matadors to within 15, but that would be as close as Northridge would get. Thompson finished 6-of-13 from the field and also added two assists in 34 minutes of action.
The other Matador to finish in double-figures was freshman point-guard Janelle Nomura, who had 12 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals in the losing effort. The performance was her fifth double-digit game of the season.
Also putting in a strong effort for CSUN was freshman Felicia Walker, who had a season-high five points and did not miss a shot in her 14 minutes of action. The Matadors also saw several players set new season or career marks in assists. Analee Viena-Lota distributed a career-high four assists, Bridgette Conejo dished out a career high with three dimes and Jasmine Erving tied a career mark with two helpers.
Freshman Amanda Thomson knocked down two 3-pointers for the second-straight game and the Matadors shot 6-of-14 from 3-point range.
Northridge finished the game shooting 35.7 percent from the field (20-of-56) compared to 42.1 percent for the Aggies (24-of-57). UCD out-rebounded CSUN, 42-35, and help a 30-16 advantage in points in the paint.
Mintun led the way for the Aggies. She finished with a game-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and four steals.
The Matadors return to action Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at UC Irvine.