January 8, 2008

CSUN Travels to UC Davis, Pacific in First Conference Road Trip of Season


CSUN Travels to UC Davis, Pacific in First Conference Road Trip of Season
This Week's Matador Women's Basketball Release



NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-12, 0-2 BWC) heads back out on the road for the first time in over a month when it travels to face Big West Conference newcomer UC Davis on Thursday and Pacific on Saturday in league action. Junior Whitney Ligon leads the Matadors at 12.4 ppg, while senior Katie Holloway is posting career highs in points (11.5) and rebounds (7.5).

In action last week, the Matadors dropped both games in the opening salvo of Big West Conference play, falling to Cal Poly, 78-66, and to UC Santa Barbara, 88-44. Against the Mustangs, Holloway poured in a career-high 27 points on a career-best 10 field goals. The Lake Stevens, Wash., native also pulled down a team-best nine boards in the game. After scoring 10 against UCSB, Holloway is averaging 18.5 ppg in league play, second best in the conference.

Ligon also enjoyed a stellar performance against Cal Poly, scoring a season-best 24 points in the defeat. Although Ligon saw her streak of nine consecutive double-figure games end against the Gauchos, she remains Northridge's leading scorer, averaging 12.4 points per game. She is also the team's top perimeter threat, as she has connected on 21 3-pointers, an average of 1.8 per game, the third most in the Big West Conference.

Juniors Crystal Hahs and Ashley Blake also reached double figures in action last week, scoring 10 and 11 points, respectively, against the Gauchos. The league leader in blocked shots, Hahs had three rejections last week, raising her season total to 25, an average of 2.1 per game. Hahs is now averaging a career-best 6.3 ppg and 4.5 rpg.

Blake tied a season high with 11 points against UCSB, connecting on a season-best two 3-pointers. An important reserve for the Matadors, Blake is averaging 4.1 ppg. Against the Mustangs, junior Tonicia Tademy finished the game with five steals, five rebounds, four points and a team-high six assists in the contest.

UC Davis is the Big West Conference's newest member, posting a 6-7 record this season. In their league debut, the Aggies fell to UC Riverside, 68-57, on Jan. 5. The Aggies have defeated Saint Mary's, Northern Arizona and Washington this season.

Jessica Campbell leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.0 ppg and is also the conference's top shooter from the field, connecting on 56.1 percent of her shots. Haylee Donaghe is the team's second-leading scorer at 13.2 points per game. On the glass, UC Davis has been out-rebounded, 492-405, in its 13 games this season.

Pacific has posted a 5-9 record so far this season, though it dropped its first game of league play, 83-61, to UC Riverside on Jan. 2. The Tigers have defeated Utah State, Eastern Washington and Idaho this season, though their strength of schedule is rated the second-easiest in Division I according to collegerpi.com.

Karen Dawkins leads the Tigers in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game. She is also third on the team in rebounding at 5.4 rpg. Three other Tigers average in double figures, led by Janae Young's 11.3 ppg. Andrea Swanson is third on the team at 10.7 ppg and Jake Kelly is fourth at 10.6 ppg.

Following the trip to Davis and Stockton, the Matadors will return to Northridge for a home game against defending conference champion, UC Riverside. The Highlanders and Matadors are set to tangle at The Matadome on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

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