December 5, 2010

Northridge Edged by New Mexico State, 66-59

Dec. 5, 2010

Box Score

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-9) lost 66-59 to New Mexico State Sunday afternoon at the Pan American Center. The Matadors battled to the final second of the contest, but fell short as the Aggies converted their free throw attempts.

In a game that featured 10 lead changes and six ties, Northridge had a 59-58 lead with 1:19 left to play. However, NMSU was able to close out the game on an 8-0 run, fueled solely at the free throw line. For the game, the Aggies were 30-of-38 (78.9 percent) at the charity stripe compared to a 19-of-22 (86.4 percent) for CSUN.

The Matadors displayed a balanced scoring attack throughout the contest. Senior Analee Viena-Lota had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Violet Alama scored a team-high 12 points and added four rebounds.

CSUN's bench played a huge role in the game. As a unit, the Matador bench out-scored the Aggies', 24-3. Sophomore Felicia Walker was stout in her interior defense, finishing with a career-high three blocks and two steals. She also added a season-high five rebounds in 13 minutes of action.

Also off the bench, junior Bridgette Conejo added nine points and six rebounds and senior Anna Simmons finished with five points, four rebounds and two steals, all of which represent new season bests. Amanda Thomson had four points and two rebounds and Janet Alvarado finished with three points, a rebound and a steal in six minutes.

Neither team shot the ball from the field particularly well. CSUN finished 19-of-61 (31.1 percent) compared to NMSU's 16-of-54 (29.6 percent) effort. Northridge out-rebounded the Aggies, 43-41, and pulled down a season-high 19 offensive boards in the game.

Tabytha Wampler was the key to the Aggies' success, finishing with a game-high 26 points and 14 rebounds. Despite that effort, CSUN still out-scored New Mexico State, 20-12, in the paint.

For the first time this season, Northridge did not trail at the half and entered the break tied at 28-28. Viena-Lota had six points in the opening 20 minutes of action.

Northridge returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 8 with a home contest against Washington. Tip off from The Matadome between the Matadors and Huskies is slated for 7 p.m.