January 31, 2009

Tademy Sets School Record in Matadors' 68-61 Loss to Cal Poly

Jan. 31, 2009

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (5-16, 2-6 BWC) lost 68-61 to Cal Poly Saturday afternoon at The Matadome. Senior Tonicia Tademy set a new school record for assists in a single season, finishing the game with a career-high 12 dimes to raise her total to 139 for the season, an average of 6.6 per game.

Tademy entered Saturday's contest ranked seventh in the nation and tops in the Big West Conference. The 12 assists are the second-most in school history for a single game and she moved into seventh in school history with her 249 career helpers. She added four points, four rebounds and four steals for the Matadors. She surpassed Monica Hernandez's 135 assists during the 2000-01 season.

Also turning in a career performance for Northridge was Katrina Thompson, who scored a career-high 18 points. The junior hit a career-high nine field goals and added six rebounds and four steals for the Matadors. She is now averaging 7.0 points and 6.5 rebounds for the season.

Senior Ashley Blake added 16 points for the Matadors, including four 3-pointers. She also finished with four rebounds and three steals for Northridge and continues to lead the team with 35 3-pointers for the season. Blake is now averaging 8.3 points for the year.

Freshman Jasmine Erving recorded her third double-double of the season for CSUN, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She is averaging 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds for the year.

Northridge took a 27-25 lead into the locker room at halftime behind 10 points from Thompson. Tademy had eight dimes at the break and Blake canned a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left in the half.

In the second half, CSUN jumped out to a 45-36 lead following a 3-pointer from senior Whitney Ligon with 14:24 left in the game. However, Cal Poly would then go on a 23-6 run, capped off by a pair of free throws from Kristina Santiago.

Northridge managed to cut the lead to three at 61-58 after a trey from Blake with 1:06 left in the game. However, the Mustangs' Megan Harrison drained a baseline jumper on the ensuring possession to help Cal Poly pull away.

Cal Poly shot 43.9 percent from the field compared to a 39.4 percent rate for the Matadors. The Mustangs also won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding CSUN, 40-36.

The Matadors have yet another 10-day layoff, not returning to action until a Feb. 11 contest at Long Beach State. Northridge won the earlier contest in the season between the two schools, 88-84, in overtime at The Matadome. Tip-off from The Pyramid is set for 7 p.m.

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