Dec. 6, 2009
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-6) lost an 80-47 game to Gonzaga Sunday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Junior Analee Viena-Lota led the Matadors with a season-high 17 points and eight rebounds.
Facing a difficult road environment, the Matadors saw Gonzaga jump out to a 19-4 lead eight minutes into the game. Although CSUN showcased a good ability to get to the free throw line and get deflections, the Bulldogs continued to build a lead, taking a 36-17 advantage with three minutes left in the frame.
Gonzaga would eventually take a 46-19 lead into halftime. Viena-Lota led the Matadors with four points and four rebounds. Heather Bowman and Courtney Vandersloot had 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Bulldogs.
In the second half, Northridge came out quickly, scoring eight of the frame's first 10 points. The Bulldogs would respond with a run of their own, taking a 56-27 lead with 13:30 left in the game.
The lead would continue to grow despite the Matadors' efforts, with Gonzaga extending the margin to 67-31 lead with nine minutes left in the game. The Zags took their biggest lead at 80-33 with four minutes left in the game.
In all, Northridge shot 34 percent from the field (18-of-53) and 35.7 percent from 3-point range (5-of-14). Gonzaga was 30-of-77 (39 percent) from the field and 5-of-25 (20 percent) from 3-point range.
The Bulldogs got most of their points in the paint, outscoring CSUN 40-10 inside the key. They also converted 25 Northridge turnovers into 33 points and owned a 21-0 advantage in fast-break points.
Viena-Lota was 7-of-11 from the field and knocked down a career-high three 3-pointers. She added her first two blocks of the season and had two assists and a steal in 37 minutes of action.
Bowman and Kelly Bowen would lead Gonzaga with 13 points each. Vandersloot finished with 12 points and 13 assists.
The Matadors have two weeks off before their next game, a home contest against Miami (OH) on Dec. 20. Tip-off between CSUN and the RedHawks is scheduled for 4 p.m. from The Matadome.