Second-Half Rally Falls Short as CSUN Loses to New Mexico State, 79-72

Nov. 13, 2009

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Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-1) fell, 79-72, to New Mexico State Friday afternoon in its 2009-10 season opener. Sophomore Jasmine Erving tallied a game-high 25 points and freshman Janelle Nomura chipped in 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Matadors in her Northridge debut.

The Matadors and Aggies battled until the final minutes of the contest, as Northridge scrambled to complete a second-half comeback that saw them trail by 13 at halftime. Nomura had 19 of her 20 points in the second half, Erving added 15 in the frame and CSUN outscored NMSU, 47-41, in the second half.

Erving finished 9-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line to finish one point shy of tying her career high. She also had five rebounds and two blocks. Nomura came off the bench to lead the team in rebounds and assists and was 14-of-17 from the free throw line. The 14 connections and 17 attempts from the charity stripe were the third-most by a Matador player in their Division I history.

Senior Katrina Thompson was the third Matador to finish in double figures, scoring 11 points and hitting a pair of 3-pointers. Thompson added five rebounds, four assists and three steals to her final line.

Danisha Corbett led NMSU with 21 points, while Madison Spence added 15 and Kaitlyn Soto had 11 in the victory. As a team, the Aggies shot 39.6 percent from the field (21-of-53), compared to a 36.4 percent clip for Northridge. The battle on the boards was relatively close, with NMSU holding a narrow two-rebound advantage, 38-36.

Behind Erving's 25 points, CSUN outscored New Mexico State, 18-10 in the paint, but also gave up 15 second-chance points to the Aggies. NMSU committed 25 turnovers to 23 for CSUN, and both team converted those miscues into over 20 points each.

Also making their Matador debuts for Northridge and head coach Staci Schulz were freshmen Amanda Thomson and Felicia Walker and junior Anna Simmons. Thomson earned a start in her first official Division I game, finishing with six points, a rebound and a steal.

Northridge returns to action Sunday when it hosts Prairie View A&M at The Matadome. Tip off between the Matadors and Panthers is set for 2 p.m.

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