Nov. 19, 2010
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-2) lost 66-58 to Hawai'i Friday evening as part of the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic. Violet Alama led the Matadors in scoring for the second-straight game, finishing with 16 points and a career-high two 3-pointers.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well Friday at the Stan Sherrif Center. CSUN finished at 35.5 percent from the field (22-of-62), while Hawai'i connected at a 38.2 percent clip (21-of-55). The difference in the game fell to free throws.
CSUN was whistled for 20 fouls in the contest compared to only 12 for Hawai'i. In turn, the Rainbow Wahine finished 20-of-27 from the charity stripe (74.1 percent) while Northridge attempted only nine free throws for the entire game, making six.
Both teams committed 24 turnovers in the contest. Northridge scored 26 points off those miscues to only 14 for the Rainbow Wahine. However, Hawai'i outscored Northridge 22-10 in the paint.
Alama finished the game 5-of-8 from the field and hit both of her 3-point attempts. She added eight rebounds and is now averaging 18 points through the first two games of the season.
Jasmine Erving was the second Matadors to finish in double figures, scoring 12 points off the bench. Bridgette Conejo had nine points and Analee Viena-Lota had eight points. Haley White led the team with five assists and also had six rebounds and two points.
Keisha Kanekoa led Hawai'i with 19 points.
The game was also a homecoming for the three Hawaiian Matadors: Viena-Lota, Alama and Janelle Nomura.
Northridge returns to action Saturday night, facing Oregon State as part of the Jack in the box Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Matadors and Beavers will tip off at 5 p.m. (HT) / 7 p.m. (PT). CSUN will also play Eastern Michigan on Sunday, Nov. 21 as part of the tournament's festivities.