January 10, 2010

Northridge Women's Hoops Faces Cal State Bakersfield as Part of Doubleheader

Jan. 10, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Matadors Break from League action to Host Roadrunners

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-10, 0-3 BWC) will host Cal State Bakersfield Monday, Jan. 11 as part of a Northridge basketball doubleheader. The men's basketball team will face Seattle University following the completion of the women's game. A separate ticket is required for each contest.

The break from the Big West Conference schedule comes at an opportune time for the Matadors, who suffered a tough 69-64 loss at UC Irvine on Jan. 7. The Anteaters jumped out to a 19-0 lead to start the game and never led by less than four despite a furious comeback by CSUN.

Now, with the Roadrunners coming to town, CSUN can attempt to refocus and prepare for the final 13 games of the league calendar, a slate they must find a few wins in so that it can qualify for the Big West Tournament in Anaheim.

Against UCI, Jasmine Erving scored a game-high 20 points for Northridge and Katrina Thompson continued her hot play with 15 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Freshman Janelle Nomura added 11 points in the loss and is now averaging 8.9 points on the season.

Cal State Bakersfield arrives to the Valley with an 8-8 record. The Roadrunners are 2-2 against Big West opponents, having defeated UC Riverside, 85-70, on Jan. 6. Katie Williams leads CSUB with an average of 21.1 points.

Matadors On the Airwaves

All Matador women's basketball games are broadcast on GoMatadors.com and hosted by IBSU.net. Dave Caldwell is in his second season as the play-by-play voice of the Matadors. All Big West Conference games are also streamed live on BigWest.TV for a determined fee.

Scouting Cal State Bakersfield

In the final year of its transition to Division I, Cal State Bakersfield pays a visit to the San Fernando Valley on Jan. 11 for a 6 p.m. tilt with CSUN. The Roadrunners are 8-8 on the season, having split their four contests against Big West Conference opponents thus far. They recently defeated UC Riverside, 85-70, in Bakersfield.

Katie Williams leads the `Runners in scoring, averaging a robust 21.1 points while shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 42.2 percent from 3-point range and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. She is also second on the team in rebounding at 6.4 boards per game and leads CSUB with 65 steals, an average of 4.1 per game.

Phynique Allen is the other `Runner to average in double figures, averaging 16.3 points. She leads Bakersfield with 59 assists and is shooting 46.6 percent from the field. Tamiko Davis leads the team in rebounding, averaging 6.9 rebounds.

As a team, CSUB is shooting 40.9 percent from the field while allowing opponents to hit at a 44.2 percent rate. The Roadrunners average 34.4 rebounds per game, but surrender an average of 47.2 to their opponents. Finally, CSUB has forced opponents into 412 turnovers through 16 games, an average of nearly 26 per game.

Since making the transition to Division I, Cal State Bakersfield leads the series with Cal State Northridge, 2-1. Last season, CSUB took a 74-59 victory at The Matadome. Jasmine Erving had 11 points and Analee Viena-Lota and Bridgette Conejo each had 10 rebounds in the loss. CSUN's only win in the Division I series took place in Bakersfield on Feb. 21, 2008, when former Matador Katie Holloway scored a game-winning basket with 2.2 seconds left to give Northridge a 73-72.

Tim LaKose is in his ninth season as the head coach at Cal State Bakersfield.

Stay Off the Train Tracks

In her final season with the Matadors, senior Katrina Thompson continues to be the heart and soul of the Matadors in 2009-10, averaging a career-high 9.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.1 steals. At UC Irvine, she finished with 15 points, three 3-pointers and a team-high seven rebounds. Against UC Davis, she had a season-high 16 points, including a career-high four 3-pointers, and seven rebounds. She also had a career-high seven assists and tied a career best with seven steals in the Matadors' victory over Miami.

CSUN's Very Own Dr. J

Sophomore Jasmine Erving continues to lead the Matadors in scoring, averaging 13.4 points-per-game and ranking among the top scorers in the Big West Conference. Erving had a game-high 20 points in the Matadors' loss at UC Irvine. She finished with her fourth career double-double against South Dakota, scoring 11 points to go with a career-high 13 rebounds. She is now averaging 5.6 rebounds and also leads the team with 16 blocks.

CSUN's Flyin Hawaiian

Freshman Janelle Nomura picked up her sixth double-figure scoring game of the season after finishing with 11 points at UC Irvine. She is now averaging 8.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in her first season with the Matadors and leads the team with 63 free throw attempts and at 76.2 free throw percentage. In her first career game, against New Mexico State, she was 14-of-17 from the free throw line.

Conejo Brings More than Lucky Feet to CSUN

Sophomore Bridgette Conejo enters the game against Cal State Bakersfield averaging a career-high 11.7 points per game. She leads the team with 14 3-pointers on the season and has tied a career high in assists (3) in each of the past two games. Conejo also had a career-high 26 points and seven 3-pointers vs. Prairie View A&M on Nov. 16. The seven treys tied a school Division I record.

Matadors vs. Cal State Bakersfield

Since making the transition to Division I, Cal State Bakersfield leads the series with Cal State Northridge, 2-1. Last season, CSUB took a 74-59 victory at The Matadome. Jasmine Erving had 11 points and Analee Viena-Lota and Bridgette Conejo each had 10 rebounds in the loss. CSUN's only win in the Division I series took place in Bakersfield on Feb. 21, 2008, when former Matador Katie Holloway scored a game-winning basket with 2.2 seconds left to give Northridge a 73-72.

First Things First

The Matadors' 62-61 victory at San Jose State was CSUN's first non-conference road win in November in their last 19 opportunities. In fact, the last November victory for the Matadors also came at the expense of the Spartans, a 66-63 decision on Nov. 17, 2005. CSUN is just 4-28 in November games since the start of the 2005-06 season.

Sayonara School Records

Just eight games into the season, the Matadors have already seen several noteworthy individual performances that have made a mark in the school's record book. Janelle Nomura recorded the third-most free throw completions and attempts when she finished 14-of-17 from the charity stripe against New Mexico State.

Two days later, Bridgette Conejo tied a school record with seven 3-pointer against Prairie View A&M. The sophomore 7-of-10 from the field, tying the previous mark which had been set on three previous occasions. The seven 3-pointers helped Conejo set a new career high with 26 points.

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