January 29, 2010

Matadors Fall at Long Beach State, 65-49

Jan. 28, 2010

Box Score

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (3-14, 1-6 BWC) fell 65-49 Thursday night to Long Beach State (8-12, 4-3 BWC) at The Walter Pyramid. Jasmine Erving led Northridge with 16 points, 13 of which came in the second half, and Bridgette Conejo added 15 points.

The Matadors could not overcome another slow start, falling behind 20-6 just over eight minutes into the game. The 49ers hit several early 3-pointers in the game to stretch the lead, which would ballon to as many as 28 in the first half. CSUN went into the locker room trailing 43-16 after shooting 7-of-26 from the field.

In the second half, CSUN put up more of a fight, limiting LBSU to 22 points and 25.8 percent shooting. Erving was more aggressive in the paint, drawing fouls and hitting 5-of-6 free throws. Still, the deficit was too large to overcome, with Northridge pulling no closer than 15.

On offense, the Matadors finished shooting 32 percent from the field for the game (16-of-50) and 82.4 percent from the free throw line (14-of-17). They turned the ball over 24 times in the game, 12 in each half,

Erving was 5-of-11 from the field for the game, adding four rebounds, a block and a steal in 17 minutes of action. Conejo hit all three of her 3-point attempts, adding three rebounds, two steals and an assist to her 15 points.

Katrina Thompson recorded the ninth double-figure rebounding game of her career, finishing with 10 boards, five points, three assists and a steal. Violet Alama missed tying a season high by one rebound, finishing the game with eight boards, five points and one block, steal and assist.

Ally Wade led Long Beach State with 21 points and added seven rebounds, three treys and two steals. Karina Figueroa had 10 points, seven assists, four boards and three steals.

Northridge returns to the court Saturday, traveling to UC Santa Barbara to close out the first half of the league calender. The Matadors and Gauchos will tip-off at 2 p.m. from The Thunderdome.