March 4, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-23, 2-13 BWC) fell to UC Davis, 62-53, Thursday night at The Pavilion. Junior Analee Viena-Lota finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds to record her fifth career double-double. The loss to the Aggies officially eliminates CSUN from a berth in the Big West Tournament.
The Matadors jumped out to a 26-25 halftime lead over UCD as Jasmine Erving scored 12 first-half points. However, the Aggies came out firing in the second half, taking a 39-30 lead behind a 14-4 run.
The Matadors saw their shooting percentage fall from 48 percent (12-of-25) in the first half to 34.3 percent (12-of-35) in the second. Their total percentage settled in at an even 40 percent (24-of-60) for the game.
Viena-Lota was 6-of-15 from the field and also tied a career high with five assists. She added four offensive rebounds and a steal in 28 minutes. Erving finished 7-of-11 from the field to score 14 points. She added six rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 27 minutes of action.
Janelle Nomura came off the bench to dish out six assists in 19 minutes. Another rookie, Violet Alama, added eight point and eight rebounds off the bench in 22 minutes. Playing in the second-to-last game of her collegiate career, Katrina Thompson had five points, three rebounds and two assiss in 20 minutes.
Northridge, which entered the game ranked 51st in the nation in 3-point shooting at 35.2 percent, shot just 3-of-20 (15 percent) from behind the arc. CSUN did win the battle of the boards, out-rebounding UC Davis, 42-39. However, the Matadors also committed 24 turnovers compared to 16 for the Aggies.
CSUN also shot just three free throws in the contest compared to 26 for UCD. The Aggies made 14 free throws while CSUN managed to hit two.
Paige Mintun led the Aggies with 23 points and eight rebounds. She was the only UC Davis player to finish in double figures.
The Matadors close out their 2009-10 season on Saturday with a game at Pacific. Tip-off between the Matadors and Tigers is set for 4 p.m.