March 1, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Despite 21 points and eight rebounds from senior Katie Holloway, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-24, 0-14 BWC) lost, 65-61, Saturday night to UC Irvine (7-22, 3-12 BWC) at The Matadome. Two other Matadors finished in double figures, as junior Ashley Blake and Whitney Ligon each scored 10 points in the defeat.
In the final home game of her four-year career, Holloway finished 8-of-14 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line in 37 minutes of action. For the season, Holloway is averaging 13.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while shooting 55.2 percent from the field (123-of-223).
The Matadors held the lead for much of the game, including a 40-32 halftime score, until UCI's Rebecca Maessen hit a 3-pointer with 13:26 left in the game. After the teams traded baskets, Ligon brought back to within one point at 61-60 when she hit a 3-pointer with 2:52 left. However, UCI's Stephanie Duda made a jumper on UCI's next possession and the Matadors could not come back.
Blake finished 4-of-7 from the field and had two 3-pointers, rebounds and steals. Ligon also added two 3-pointers, giving her 44 for the season, the sixth most for a single season in school history.
As a team, Northridge shot 38.3 percent (23-60) compared to UC Irvine's 44 percent rate (22-50). Northridge forced 20 Anteater turnovers and junior Tonicia Tademy made five steals in the game. She also added eight points, five rebounds and a game-high eight assists.
Before the game, Holloway, the team's lone senior, was honored for her work both on the court and in the Northridge community.
With the loss, the Matadors are eliminated from the postseason and will not appear in the Big West Tournament in
The Matadors close out the 2007-08 season with a trip to UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The Matadors and Gauchos square off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 6, while CSUN battles in