Nov. 27, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-4) lost 79-42 to Northern Colorado Friday night at The Matadome in game two of the Warner Center Marriott Classic. Junior Analee Viena-Lota led CSUN with 16 points and sophomore Bridgette Conejo also finished in double-figures with 10 points.
After CSUN tied the game at 8-8, the Bears broke the game open with a 15-1 scoring run to take a 23-9 lead with 8:45 left in the first half. Northern Colorado would build a 44-17 halftime lead behind nine 3-pointers in the frame, including four by Kaisha Brown.
In the second half, the Bears continued to pour it on from long range, hitting another 6-of-7 3-point attempts. They finished 15-of-22 from 3-point range in the game and Brown was a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc to finish with a game-high 20 points.
For Northridge, the shots just didn't seem to fall, as the Matadors connected at only a 29.6 percent rate (16-of-54) for the game. They finished with seven assists compared to 15 turnovers and were 8-of-12 from the free throw line.
Viena-Lota was 7-of-15 from the field and added three rebounds and an assist to her final stat line. Conejo grabbed seven rebounds and had a steal to go along with her 10 points.
Northern Colorado won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding CSUN, 42-31, and picking up 12 offensive rebounds. Behind their effort from 3-point range, Northern Colorado shot 50.8 percent from the field (31-of-61) in the contest.
The Matadors will have a week off to recoup before their next game, a road contest at Eastern Washington. The Eagles and Northridge will tip-off from Cheney, Wash., at 7 p.m. Northridge will also face Gonzaga on the trip, a Dec. 6 game at 2 p.m. in Spokane.