Feb. 27, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The UC Irvine Anteaters came to The Matadome and spoiled the CSUN women's basketball team's (4-22, 2-12 BWC) senior night with an 82-67 victory Saturday night. In the final home game of her collegiate career, Katrina Thompson scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds before fouling out.
Unfortunately for Cal State Northridge, the game started off eerily similar to the contest played between the two teams in Orange County on Jan. 4. In that game, UCI jumped out to a 20-0 lead, and Saturday, the Anteaters established a 28-12 margin less than 11 minutes into the game.
The Matadors would get no closer than 13 in the first half and headed to the locker room down 44-27 at halftime. In the second half, the lead ballooned to as much as 26 with about five minutes left to play.
The defeat spoiled senior night for Thompson, who finished 4-of-14 from the field and 2-of-9 from 3-point range. She added nine rebounds and an assist, block and steal to her final line.
Freshman Janelle Nomura came off the bench to lead CSUN in scoring, finishing with 15 points. She took 15 free throw attempts and had two assists in 20 minutes.
Another freshman, Amanda Thomson, scored a season-high 13 points for Northridge, hitting 4-of-7 shots from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. A third rookie, Violet Alama, knocked down a season-high seven free throws and tied a season best with 10 rebounds.
Mikah Maly-Karros led UCI with 20 points and three other Anteaters scored in double-figures.
As a team, CSUN shot 32.7 percent from the field (18-of-55) compared to a 45.6 percent rate (26-of-57) for UC Irvine. Northridge did win the battle on the boards, collecting 44 rebounds to UCI's 37. The Anteaters scored 21 points off CSUN's 21 turnovers.
CSUN must now travel to Northern California for its final two games of the regular season. The Matadors face league-leading UC Davis on Mar. 4, and then battle Pacific on Mar. 6. CSUN must defeat Pacific in that game to have a chance to earn a berth in the Big West Tournament.