January 21, 2009

Potent Offense Carries Northridge to 87-82 Victory at Fullerton

Jan. 21, 2009

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FULLERTON, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (5-13, 2-3 BWC) defeated Cal State Fullerton (6-10, 3-3 BWC), 87-82, Wednesday evening at Titan Gym. Senior Whitney Ligon poured in a season-high 28 points for the Matadors while freshman Jasmine Erving had 24 points and junior Katrina Thompson had her second career double-double in as many games.

In posting their first road victory of the season, the Matadors also snapped a 10-game conference road-losing streak. The Matadors shot a season-high 48.6 percent from the field for the game (35-of-72) and scored over half of their points (48) in the paint against the Titans.

Ligon matched her career high with 12 field goals in the game and added two 3-pointers to her final line. She played all 40 minutes and is now averaging a team-high 12.8 points-per-game for the season and 19.2 points in Northridge's five Big West games.

Erving pulled down six rebounds and had two blocks in 27 minutes of action. She is now averaging 10.1 points for the season along with 5.6 rebounds.

For the second-straight game, Katrina Thompson posted a double-double and set a new career mark in rebounds. The junior had 10 points and 15 rebounds, six of which were offensive boards, in the victory and is now averaging a career-high 5.8 points and 6.1 rebounds.

Another important factor in the win was Northridge's 22-8 advantage in bench scoring. Senior Ashley Blake stepped off the bench to hit two 3-pointers and finish with nine points. Additionally, freshman Bridgette Conejo scored 11 points for CSUN, draining two 3-pointers and grabbing six rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

Senior Tonicia Tademy, who entered the game ranked 12th in the nation in assists-per-game at 5.9, dished out 10 helpers in the contest to raise her season average to 6.1. She also had five rebounds and two steals in 40 minutes of action.

The Matadors trailed early but took a lead they would not give up when Ashley Blake canned a 3-pointer to make the score 18-16 with 13:09 left in the first half. CSUN took a 47-40 lead into halftime behind 13 points from Ligon and 10 from Erving.

In the second half, CSUN extended its lead to as much as 12 with about nine minutes left in the game. Although Fullerton outscored Northridge, 42-40, in the second half, the Matadors shot 50 percent from the field (16-of-32) and finished the game shooting 54.5 percent from 3-point range (6-of-11).

Toni Thomas led Fullerton with 21 points and 11 rebounds. She was one of four Titans to reach double figures.

The Matadors remain on the road for their next game, squaring off against UC Irving on Saturday. Tip-off between the Matadors and Anteaters from the Bren Events Center is slated for 4 p.m.

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