Feb. 6, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (3-17, 1-9 BWC) fell to Long Beach State (9-13, 5-4 BWC) by an 86-67 score Saturday afternoon at The Matadome. Katrina Thompson led the Matadors with 16 points, including a 5-of-7 performance from 3-point range.
In the early moments of the game, both teams struggled to seize control of the contest with the lead changing hands seven times. With 13:27 gone in the opening half, the 49ers built a modest 20-17 lead, the biggest advantage for any team at that juncture. After Analee Viena-Lota's jumper brought CSUN within 20-19, Long Beach State took control of the final 7:33 of the half by first going on a 7-0 run.
Down 27-19, the Matadors responded by scoring on five of their next six possessions, but simply could not make up any ground because of hot 49er shooting. LBSU shot 55.6 percent from the field in the first half en route to taking a 41-31 lead into the intermission.
As the second half began, the Matadors still were unable to dip into the 49er lead. Janelle Nomura converted on a fastbreak layup that brought Northridge to within 46-37, but Long Beach State would quickly respond by going on a 14-6 run stretching their lead to 60-43.
The Matadors did display some good shooting in the second half, hitting at 48.3 percent, and raising their game percentage to 44.3 percent, a new season high. Thompson scored 10 points in the half, including three shots from downtown.
Thompson scored 16 points in the loss, one point short of her season high of 17. She knocked down five three-point field goals, which set a new career high for the senior. For the year, Thompson has hit 23-of-48 3-point attempts, good for a 47.9 percentage. In Big West Conference play, the forward as been even more accurate from downtown, hitting 17-of-33 shots, good enough for a 51.5 percentage.
Violet Alama gave the Matadors instant offense off the bench, scoring 15 points, which set a new season high. Alama shot 6-of-10 from the field and grabbed five rebounds in the losing effort.
The Matadors will be back in action on Wednesday, as they host Seattle University in a non-conference match-up. Tip-off is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start time. The game is part of the WBCA's Pink Zone Promotion, and all fans wearing pink to promote breast cancer awareness will receive free admission.