UC Santa Barbara Defeats Northridge, 75-58, in Big West Action

Jan. 28, 2009

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (5-15, 2-5 BWC) lost 75-58 to UC Santa Barbara (13-6, 8-0 BWC) Wednesday night. Junior Katrina Thompson recorded her fourth-straight double-double in the contest, while senior Whitney Ligon scored a team-high 17 points in the defeat.

Thompson now has registered her first four career double-doubles in the past four CSUN games, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds against the Gauchos Wednesday night. She was 4-of-8 from the field and also had three offensive boards. For the season, she is averaging a career-high 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds.

Ligon finished the game 5-of-11 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line en route to her 17 points. She had two rebounds for CSUN and is now averaging a team-best 12.6 points for the season.

Also for Northridge, Tonicia Tademy tied a career-high by doling out 11 assists in the game. The senior added nine points and two steals for the Matadors in 40 minutes of action. Her 127 assists for the season ranks second in school history and she is averaging 6.4 per game in addition to 7.2 points.

Northridge trailed 36-28 at halftime as both teams shot 33.3 percent from the field in the stanza. In the second half, CSUN was able to cut the lead to as little as eight before UCSB pulled away. For the game, Northridge shot 35.9 percent compared to a 38.9 percent clip for the Gauchos.

The Matadors forced 17 UCSB turnovers, which they converted into 19 points. Both teams finished with 13 assists. The Gauchos finished 28-of-35 from the free throw line in the contest compared to 10-of-17 for Northridge. CSUN managed to outscore UCSB, 28-24, in the paint and also had 12 second-chance points in the contest.

Jenna Green led UCSB with 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Northridge returns to action Saturday when they host Cal Poly. Tip-off between the Matadors and Mustangs from The Matadome is slated for 4 p.m.

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