Defense Keys Matadors to 69-63 Win Over San Jose State

Dec. 7, 2008

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-7) defeated San Jose State, 69-63, Sunday afternoon, at the Matadome. Senior Ashley Blake led the Matadors in scoring with 15 points and dished out five assists for CSUN in their first victory of the season.

Blake was part of a second half run that put the Matadors up by nine, shooting 4-of-7 from the field, with three of her made baskets from behind the 3-point line. SJSU battled back and cut the deficit to four, but it was not enough as the Matadors made 10 of 13 attempts towards the end of the game to seal the victory.

Blake set a season high with five assists and tied her career-high with six rebounds and three steals. She is now averaging 6.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game this season.

Forward Analee Viena-Lota had a solid game, scoring 11 points and led her team in rebounds with seven. Senior Tonicia Tademy also scored in double digits, finishing with 10, going 5-of-6 from the charity stripe late in the game to keep the Matadors ahead. Tademy's five free throws set a new career high.

Freshman Jasmine Erving made her presence known, scoring four field goals inside the paint and pulling down six rebounds. The center is coming off her first double-double of the season where she had 21 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to UCLA.

Down by four at the half, 33-29, the Spartans fought back and cut CSUN's lead to one with less than six minutes left in the game, but the Matadors held on to seal the victory.

Shaunna Ridge led SJSU in points with 16.

The Matadors hit the road for their next game to face Fresno State on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Fans can listen and follow play by play action of the game by visiting GoMatadors.com.