Matadors Power Past RedHawks, 68-50
Dec. 20, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-6) defeated Miami University, 68-50, Sunday afternoon at The Matadome. Senior Katrina Thompson led five Matadors in double-figures, finishing with 14 points in addition to her six rebounds, seven assists and seven steals.
The Matadors led wire-to-wire against the visiting RedHawks, jumping out of the gate on an 11-2 run to start the game. The RedHawks would tie the game at 17, but that would be as close as they would get against a stifling Matador defense.
Northridge limited MU to 31.3 percent shooting (20-of-64) from the floor in the contest and held the RedHawks to 12.5 percent shooting from 3-point shooting (2-of-16). Northridge also won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding Miami, 45-36, and MU's 50 points was a CSUN opponent season low.
On offense, five Matadors finished in double-figures. In addition to Thompson's team-high 14, Jasmine Erving added 13, Bridgette Conejo had 12, Janelle Nomura had 11 and Analee Viena-Lota scored 10. As a team, CSUN shot 42.6 percent from the field (23-of-54) and 46.7 percent from 3-point range (7-of-15).
Thompson had a career-high seven dimes and matched her career high with seven steals. Erving led all players with eight rebounds and added three blocked shots in 30 minutes of action. Conejo came off the bench to score her 12 points and had two steals, two assists and two rebounds. Nomura was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, all of which came in the second half.
For MU, Courtney Osborn scored a game-high 15 points on 6-of-17 shooting from the field. Courtney Reed added 12 points off the bench for the RedHawks.
CSUN held a 36-30 lead at halftime behind 11 points from Erving and 10 from Thompson, who knocked down two her career-high three 3-pointers in the frame.
The Matadors return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 29, when they host South Dakota at The Matadome at 7 p.m. All fans will receive free admission to the contest.