Jan. 15, 2010
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-12, 0-4 BWC) lost 74-61 Thursday night to UC Riverside in a Big West Conference game. Junior Analee Viena-Lota led three Matadors in double figures, scoring 15 points and knocking down three 3-pointers.
The Matadors came out aggressive in the game, taking an early lead that built to as much as 18-11 about 10 minutes into the first half. Although UC Riverside would take a 26-24 lead in to halftime, Viena-Lota and Jasmine Erving each had eight points.
In the second half, the Highlanders took control of the paint to earn the victory. UCR outscored CSUN, 16-4, in the key in the second half despite being out-rebounded 46-36 for the game. In all, UC Riverside finished with 26 points in the paint to CSUN's 16.
Viena-Lota was 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. She added eight rebounds, and a block, assist and steal. Erving just missed her fifth career double-double, finishing with 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds. She also tied a career high with three steals and had two blocks.
Freshman Janelle Nomura came off the bench to score 12 points for Northridge, hitting all five of her free throw attempts. Before fouling out, she added four rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes of action.
Katrina Thompson finished with nine points and a season-high eight rebounds and Bridgette Conejo added seven points, six rebounds and three assists. Freshman Amanda Thomson had a career-high four assists.
As a team, CSUN shot 34.4 percent from the field (22-of-64) compared to UCR's 45 percent rate (27-of-60). Northridge was hampered by 14 first-half turnovers and finished the game with 21.
Marissa Rivera and Rhaya Neabors each had 21 points for UC Riverside in the victory.
CSUN returns to the court Saturday afternoon, hosting Cal State Fullerton at The Matadome. Tip-off between the Matadors and Titans is slated for 4 p.m.