March 5, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-26, 4-12 Big West) lost 63-49 to Pacific in its season finale Saturday afternoon at The Matadome. Violet Alama had 15 points and Haley White added 11, but the Matadors fell to the Tigers and failed to qualify for the Big West Tournament for the third time in the last four seasons.
In a winner-take-all situation, Northridge used the energy of their seniors to start quickly. The Matadors led 13-11 roughly eight minutes into the game, but Pacific closed the half on a 26-8 run to take a 37-21 lead into halftime.
Northridge could get no closer than 13 the rest of the way. Although they held Pacific to 30 percent shooting (6-of-20) in the second half, CSUN finished only 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) and missed all three of 3-point attempts in the second half as well.
Alama posted 15 points on five field goals and five free throws. She also added six rebounds, three assists and three steals in the game. For the season, Alama averaged a career-high 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds.
White scored 11 points off the bench and had two assists and two rebounds. The rookie led Northridge with 105 assists on the season, an average of 3.5 per game. She also posted averages of 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in her freshman campaign.
Jasmine Erving scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds for the Matadors. She finished the season averaging 14.9 points and 6.9 rebounds. Her 447 points and 177 field goals rank seventh and ninth, respectively, for a single season in school history.
The game also marked the final contest for four Northridge student-athletes. Analee Viena-Lota had four points and three rebounds for CSUN. She ended her career sixth in school history with 552 rebounds and averaged 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in her final season.
Janet Alvarado finished with four points and three rebounds and Anna Simmons added two rebounds for the matadors. Finally, Bianca Davies had one point, one rebound, one steal and one assist for Northridge in her final game as a Matador.
For the game, CSUN shot 38.3 percent (18-of-47) and 16.7 percent (1-of-6) from 3-point range. Pacific finished at 39.1 percent (18-of-47) from the field and knocked down nine 3-pointers in the game. The Tigers also won the rebounding battle, 36-28.
Although the Matadors did not qualify for the postseason, the team did double its win total against league opponents from a season ago under head coach Jason Flowers.