November 7, 2009

Matadors Run to 67-53 Exhibition Victory over Westmont

Nov. 7, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team defeated Westmont College, 67-53, Saturday afternoon in an exhibition contest at The Matadome. Sophomore Jasmine Erving led all scorers with 21 points and senior Katrina Thompson led all players with 11 rebounds.

The Matadors led for nearly the entire game, stretching the lead to as much as 19 midway through the second half. Northridge also forced 18 Warrior turnovers and had four blocked shots in the contest. For the game, CSUN limited Westmont to just a 25.0 percent shooting clip (15-of-60), and out-rebounded the Warriors, 51-43.

The rebounding numbers spilled over to show CSUN's domination in the paint, out-scoring Westmont, 34-12, in the key. The Matadors also converted the 18 Warrior turnovers into 22 points.

Erving scored 15 of her game-high 21 points in the second half and also had two rebounds and three blocked shots in the victory. Thompson finished with eight points, six assists and a steal in addition to her 11 boards.

Sophomore Bridgette Conejo had a game-high 10 assists in the win for Northridge and nearly posted a triple-double finishing with nine points and nine rebounds. She also had two steals in a team-high 35 minutes.

Another sophomore, Neeta Sreekanth, added 10 points and two rebounds off the bench for Northridge, who shot 42 percent from the field for the game (29-of-69). Behind Conejo's 10 assists, Northridge dished out 23 dimes and had 10 steals.

Alisha Heglund and Jessica Case each had 10 points for the Warriors in the defeat.

The Matadors officially begin their 2009-10 season next week when they host New Mexico State on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Two days later, Northridge faces Prairie View A&M at The Matadome also at 2 p.m.

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