Feb. 26, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (6-20, 3-10 BWC) lost 70-60 to Cal Poly Thursday night at Mott Gym. Freshman Jasmine Erving led the Matadors with 15 points and nine rebounds while Analee Viena-Lota and Ashley Blake each added 10 points.
In the second half, CSUN would find themselves down by as many as 21 with 7:57 left to play before rallying late to cut the margin down. Freshman Neeta SreeKanth scored all nine of her points in the second half and Whitney Ligon knocked down two 3-pointers in the half.
Erving was 6-of-12 from the field and added a steal and block for Northridge. She is now averaging 9.8 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent from the field for the season.
Viena-Lota played just nine minutes, but hit four field goals and knocked down a pair of free throws to finish in double figures. Blake also added two 3-pointers and three rebounds for Northridge. She is averaging a career-high 8.5 points and has hit 46 3-pointers during her senior season.
Tonicia Tademy dished out nine assists in the game, raising her season total to 175 helpers for the season, an average of 6.7 per game. She also had eight rebounds and four steals for Northridge. Katrina Thompson had eight points, nine rebounds and three assists for the Matadors.
Northridge shot 34.3 percent in the game compared to a 41 percent rate for Cal Poly. The Mustangs narrowly won the battle on the boards, 44-42, though CSUN finished with more second-chance points, 20-16.
The Matadors play their final road game of the season Saturday, facing UC Santa Barbara in The Thunderdome. Tip-off between the Matadors and Gauchos is set for 2 p.m.
Next week, Northridge closes out the season with a pair of home games. On Mar. 4, the Matadors host UC Davis at 7 p.m. and take the court again on Mar. 7 for a 4 p.m. contest against Pacific. The game against the Tigers will feature a ceremony honoring the team's three graduating seniors: Ashley Blake, Tonicia Tademy and Whitney Ligon.