March 6, 2010

Matadors' Season Ends with Double-Overtime Loss at Pacific

March 6, 2010

Final Stats

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-24, 2-14 BWC) lost in double-overtime to Pacific, 93-89, at the Alex G. Spanos Center. Violet Alama (15 points, 17 rebounds) and Analee Viena-Lota (13 points, 14 rebounds) posted double-doubles in the defeat for Northridge.

Despite knowing this would be their last game of the season, the Matadors came out aggressive against the Tigers. CSUN built a 39-30 halftime lead behind 17-of-28 shooting (60.7 percent) from the field.

However, the second half saw Northridge shoot 33.3 percent from the field, hitting 14-of-42 shots in the frame. In the two overtimes, Northridge managed 3-of-20 shooting from the field (15 percent). The Matadors ended the game shooting 37.8 percent from the field (34-of-90).

Several Matadors turned in impressive performances in the finale. Alama's 15 points tied a season high and her 17 rebounds, 10 of which were offensive boards, easily established a new personal best. Viena-Lota's 14 rebounds were a new career high as she posted back-to-back double-doubles to conclude her junior season.

Another rookie, Amanda Thomson, poured in a season-high 17 points and seven field goals. Jasmine Erving finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Janelle Nomura added 10 points, five rebounds and five assists off the bench. Finally, in the last game of her collegiate career, Katrina Thompson finished with four points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in 28 minutes.

Thompson concluded the season 37-of-91 from 3-point range, equalling a percentage of 40.7, the seventh-best single season in school history. For her career, Thompson was 38-of-99 from behind the arc, a percentage of 38.4, the third-highest percentage in school history.

Erving finished the year as the team's leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points. Bridgette Conejo also finished the year in double-figures, averaging 10.0 points per game.

Thompson averaged a career-high 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in her final year at CSUN. She also led the team with 87 assists and 51 steals.

Erica McKenzie led four Pacific players in double-figures, scoring 22 points, including six 3-pointers.