November 20, 2009

Matadors Record Important Road Win at San Jose State, 62-61

Nov. 20, 2009

Box Score

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-2) defeated San Jose State, 62-61, at the Events Center Friday night. Sophomore Jasmine Erving led all scorers with 21 points and freshman Janelle Nomura added 15 points for CSUN in the victory.

The game was a back-and-forth affair that featured nine ties and lead changes. After heading into halftime tied at 29-29, San Jose State came out firing to start the second half, building a six-point lead with 18:43 left in the game.

However, CSUN fought back, going on an 11-2 run midway through the second half to take a 53-45 lead with 7:40 left in the game. The eight-point lead was the largest of the game for Northridge.

San Jose State would get within one point two more times before the final sequence. With CSUN holding 62-61 lead and 7.4 seconds left in the game, senior Katrina Thompson was fouled. She missed the front end of her one-and-one opportunity. With the clock winding down, SJSU's Chasity Shavers' half-court buzzer beater was no good and the Matadors finished with the one-point win.

Erving was 8-of-18 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. She also had a game-high eight rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals. She is now averaging 19.3 points on the season.

Nomura collected 15 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. She knocked down one 3-pointer and had three rebounds, all offensive boards, two assists and three steals. In just three games this year, Nomura is 24-of-29 from the charity stripe.

Freshman Amanda Thomson came off the bench to add seven points for the Matadors, finishing a perfect 3-of-3 from the field, including a 3-pointer. Junior Anna Simmons added three points and two assists for CSUN.

As a team, CSUN shot 38 percent from the field (19-of-50) and 76 percent from the free throw line (19-of-25). San Jose State shot 35 percent from the field (21-of-60) and 77.8 percent from the free throw line (14-of-18).

Northridge also overcame a 25-13 rebounding deficit in the first half to narrow the difference to only five rebounds, 38-33, at the end of the game. Northridge finished with 12 second-chance points compared to only five for SJSU.

The Matadors remain on the road for their next contest, a game at the University of San Diego on Nov. 24. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.