Dec. 28, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (3-10) won its second-straight game Sunday afternoon at The Matadome, defeating Columbia 74-64 in the final non-conference game of the season. Senior Whitney Ligon led Northridge with 22 points, all of which came in the second half, while Tonicia Tademy finished two rebounds short of a triple-double with 11 points, 11 assists and eight boards.
Ligon led four different Matadors in double-figures for the contest. Sophomore Analee Viena-Lota had 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench and senior Ashley Blake added 11 points for CSUN. Ligon was 7-of-15 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line in the victory and is now averaging a team-high 10.3 points-per-game.
Tademy tied a career high with 11 dimes, matching her effort against Cal State Bakersfield on Feb. 21, 2008. She entered the game as the league-leaders in helpers and is now averaging 5.6 assists-per-game. She hit a 3-pointer on the opening possession and finished 5-of-6 from the field.
Coming off the bench for the second-straight game, Viena-Lota posted her fourth career double-double in only 25 minutes of action. Her 11 boards were also a season-high and she added two steals. She is now averaging 8.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Despite finishing with only two field goals, Blake was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line to set a new career high. She also added a 3-pointer to raise her season-total to 20 and finished with four assists. For the year, Blake is averaging a career-high 8.3 points and 3.1 assists per game.
Sophomore Katrina Thompson set a career high with seven steals for Northridge, which never trailed in the contest. The Matadors forced 25 Columbia turnovers, which they converted into 24 points. CSUN was 25-of-70 from the field and 21-of-26 from the free throw line to reach a season-high 74 points.
Behind Judie Lomax's 22-point, 14-rebound effort, Columbia out-rebounded Northridge, 54-41, in the contest.
CSUN jumped out to a 33-30 lead at halftime with Viena-Lota pacing the Matadors at eight points and six rebounds. Northridge led by as many as 12 in the first half following a lay-up from freshman Neeta SreeKanth.
In the second half, the Lions fought back to within three points with 1:09 to play, but Tademy hit a jumper and Blake knocked down four-straight free throws to seal the victory.
The Matadors open Big West Conference play on Jan. 2 with a trip to Stockton, Calif., to face Pacific. The Tigers and Northridge are slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off from the Spanos Center. Two days later, CSUN travels to Davis to face UC Davis at 2 p.m. Dave Caldwell will provide play-by-play coverage of the games on gomatadors.com.