December 20, 2008

Southern Miss Slips Past Northridge, 73-68

Dec. 20, 2008

Box Score

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-10) lost, 73-68, Saturday afternoon to Southern Mississippi in the consolation game of the The Desert Draw at Cox Pavilion. Freshman Jasmine Erving led the team with a season-high 26 points, while senior Whitney Ligon added 16 and junior Katrina Thompson had 10 for Northridge.

Erving exploded out of the gate for the Matadors, scoring 22 points in the first half. Her 11 field goals and 26 points are the most by an individual Matador this season. She also finished with a team-high eight rebounds. She is now averaging 9.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Ligon finished 4-of-15 from field, but hit all seven of her free throw attempts. She added three rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes of action. The three dimes tied a career high and set a new season mark for Ligon and her seven free throws was also a season high. She continues to lead the team with an average of 9.4 points-per-game.

Thompson scored a season-high 10 points, connecting on 5-of-7 shots from the field. She added three rebounds, three assists and four steals in the contest. She also had four steals against UNLV and is now averaging 4.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Senior Tonicia Tademy finished with a game-high eight assists to raise her season average to 5.4 per game. Tademy also had six points and four rebounds in the contest.

The Matadors took a 38-35 lead into halftime behind 22 points from Jasmine Erving. The freshman also had six rebounds in the half. Senior Ashley Blake and junior Katrina Thompson each had six points at the break for CSUN.

Northridge came out fired up to start the game, as Jasmine Erving knocked down some early jump shots. She had 14 of CSUN's first 23 points. The Matadors also employed a 2-3 zone early in the contest that frustrated the Lady Eagles.

Erving put the Matadors ahead, 23-22, with less than 10 minutes to play in the first half. Whitney Ligon put the Matadors back ahead, 25-23, with under eight minutes left in the half, and Blake then stepped back to nail her second 3-pointer of the game to push the lead to five.

Southern Mississippi battled back in the second half to tie the game at 49-49 with 13 minutes left in the game. However, the Matadors fought back and scored the game's next six points to give them a six-point lead.

With the Matadors leading 68-67, USM's Stephanie Helgeson hit a lay-up with 29 seconds left in the game to give the Lady Eagles a lead they would not relinquish. Pauline Love led Southern Mississippi with 28 points.

The Matadors have a quick turnaround for their next game, hosting Eastern Washington on Monday, Dec. 22. Tip off between the Eagles and Northridge is slated for 5 p.m. All fans who bring a canned food item or a new toy will receive free admission to the contest. Dave Caldwell will provide play-by-play coverage on gomatadors.com.

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