Nov. 25, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-3) dropped a 90-54 decision to San Diego Tuesday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Sophomore Bridgette Conejo came off the bench to lead the Matadors with 14 points while freshman Janelle Nomura added 11 in the loss.
The game really broke open after CSUN had cut the lead to 28-25 after a pair of free throws by Nomura with 5:01 left in the first half. USD responded with a 20-2 run to close the frame, hitting three of its 11 treys during the span. The Toreros hit 8-of-14 3-pointers and forced 16 CSUN turnovers in the frame.
After that, the deficit was too much for the Matadors to overcome, as CSUN would only get as close as 18. The Toreros did most of their damage from long-range, hitting 11-of-21 attempts, a 52.4 percent rate. Northridge was just 2-of-6 from 3-point range for the game.
As a team, Northridge shot just 30.4 percent from the field (17-of-56) compared to a 54.5 percent rate (30-of-55) for San Diego. The game was a sloppy affair in which the two teams combined for 56 turnovers. CSUN finished with a season-high 18 steals, one less than San Diego.
Sophomore Jasmine Erving was the third Matador to finish in double-figures, scoring 12 points. Conejo added six rebounds and a career-high six steals for Northridge. Nomura finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and three steals. Erving added four boards and two steals to her final line.
Freshman Felicia Walker made her first career field goal and free throw during the game and played a season-high seven minutes. CSUN and USD each took 23 free throws, with the Toreros' 19 makes one more than the Matadors.
Northridge returns to the court Friday as part of the Warner Center Marriott Classic, hosting Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. in The Matadome. For the tournament, Northridge welcomes Providence, Pepperdine and the Bears to the San Fernando Valley.
Before the Matadors and Bears tip-off, Pepperdine and Providence start the tournament on Friday at 5 p.m. The event concludes with a contest on Saturday, Nov. 28, when Northern Colorado faces Providence at 7 p.m. at The Matadome.