Mustangs Crash Holloway's Career Night, 78-66
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- Despite a career-high 27 points from Senior Katie Holloway, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-11, 0-1) lost, 78-66, to Cal Poly (4-9, 1-0) Thursday night in its Big West Conference season opener at The Matadome. Junior Whitney Ligon extended her double-digit scoring streak to nine, adding a season-high 24 points in the defeat.
The game was a highly competitive back-and-forth affair that saw the two teams exchange the lead eight times and featured 10 ties. The Matadors led by as many as six in the second half before a jumper by the Mustangs' Toni Newman put Cal Poly ahead for good with 6:39 left in the game.
Holloway was a dominant force in the paint throughout the game. In addition to her 27 points, Holloway established new career highs in field goals with 10 and tied a career high with seven free throws. The Big West Conference's third-leading rebounder heading into the game, Holloway also added a team-best nine boards. She is now averaging a career-best 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
On the perimeter, Ligon poured in four 3-pointers and was 7-of-15 from the field. She also grabbed four rebounds and was 6-of-7 from the free throw line, tying a season best.
Ligon remains the team's leading scorer, now averaging 13 points a game and 15.7 over her last nine contests.
Freshman Analee Viena-Lota was the team's third-leading scorer, coming off the bench to score six points and grab six rebounds. Junior Tonicia Tademy finished the game with five steals, five rebounds, four points and a team-high six assists in the contest.
The Matadors shot 40.4 percent from the field in the game (23-of-57). The Matadors committed 20 turnovers that resulted in 21 points for Cal Poly. The Mustangs narrowly won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding Northridge, 43-37.
Lisa McBride led Cal Poly with 20 points while four other Mustangs reached double figures in the game.
The Matadors close out their season-long four-game homestand Saturday when they host UC Santa Barbara at 4 p.m. The radio play-by-play on gomatadors.com featuring Sam Farber will return when the Matadors and Gauchos tussle in The Matadome.