March 3, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-25, 4-11 Big West) lost 56-44 to UC Davis Thursday night at The Matadome. Jasmine Erving scored 12 and Violet Alama added 11, but the Matadors could not overcome a poor shooting night in the loss to the Aggies.
Needing to win one of their final two games to qualify for the Big West Tournament, the Matadors came out aggressive to start the game. CSUN cut the UC Davis lead to 23-19 late in the first half, but the Aggies scored the final four points to take a 27-19 lead into halftime.
The second half opened with a UC Davis run and Northridge could get no closer than 12 the rest of the way. The Aggies' lead reached as many as 19 in the second half as Northridge shot just 32.1 percent (9-of-28) from the field in the frame.
Erving led the Matadors with 12 points and added seven rebounds. She has now scored 439 points on the season, the eighth-most in school history for a single season. Also, her 174 field goals sits at ninth for a single campaign.
Alama finished with 11 points and six rebounds for the Matadors. She added two assists, a steal and a block in 28 minutes of action.
In her second-to-last regular season game, Janet Alvarado came off the bench to score seven points and grab six rebounds. Fellow senior Analee Viena-Lota had six points, five rebounds and three assists. The five boards pushed her past former teammate Katie Holloway for sixth in school history with 549 career rebounds.
As a team, CSUN shot 31.5 percent (17-of-54) from the field. The Matadors made just one 3-pointer and also had a tough day at the free throw line, making 9-of-15 attempts (60 percent). UC Davis shot 35.3 percent (18-of-51) from the field and out-rebounded Northridge, 42-37.
Paige Mintun was the only Aggie to reach double figures, scoring a game-high 15 points.
Northridge now faces a winner-take-all showdown with Pacific on Saturday, Mar. 5. The winner of the Matadors-Tigers game at 4 p.m. will earn a berth into the Big West Tournament.
The game will also be the Matadors' regular season finale and the final home game for four members of the team: Viena-Lota, Alvarado, Anna Simmons and Bianca Davies. The team will hold a senior day event immediately following the game's conclusion.