Nov. 15, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-2) dropped a non-conference game to Prairie View A&M, 85-70, at The Matadome Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Bridgette Conejo made her season debut for CSUN, tying a school record with seven 3-pointer and setting a new career high with 26 points.
Northridge got out the gate quickly against the Panthers, taking a 9-4 lead following Conejo's first trey of the game at 15:33. However, Prairie View would then go on an 18-5 run to take a 22-13 lead with just under eight minutes left in the first.
Conejo hit another 3-pointer and the Matadors got as close aa one point before heading to halftime trailing 37-27. Conejo had three 3-pointers and 12 points at the break.
The second half saw CSUN pull to within four twice early in the half, but PVAMU went on a 24-7 run to take a decisive lead. In all, Prairie View out-scored Northridge, 48-43, in the second half.
Conejo tied a school record with her career-high seven 3-pointers. Her effort matched two previous performances by Edinesha Curry and one by Carrie Dormie. Her 26 points also set a new career mark and she finished 8-of-14 from the field and 7-of-10 from 3-point range. Conejo also added five rebounds and two blocks.
Sophomore Jasmine Erving was CSUN's second-leading scorer, netting 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting. She also had five boards and three steals. Junior Analee Viena-Lota was the third Matador to finish in double-figures, scoring 10 points off the bench on 5-of-8 shooting.
Senior Katrina Thompson posted a line of eight points, a team-high six rebounds and four assists. Freshman Janelle Nomura led the Matadors with six assists and added five points. In her second start of the year, freshman Amanda Thomson added five points, four rebounds and two assists.
The Matadors committed 22 turnovers in the contest, resulting in 22 points for the Panthers. PVAMU also held a 40-22 advantage in points-in-the-paint and had 15 second-chance points to CSUN's six.
Gaati Werema led Prairie View with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Candice Thomas added 20 points and Trinity Robinson and Latia Wiliams each had 10 points.
Northridge returns to the court on Nov. 20 for its road game of the year, a meeting with San Jose State. The Matadors and Spartans will tip off at 7 p.m.