January 20, 2009

Matadors Travel to Orange County for Contests at Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine

Jan. 20, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-13, 1-3 BWC) travels to Orange County for a pair of Big West Conference games against Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine. The Matadors will look to pick up their first road victory of the season against the Titans and Anteaters, as well build upon the 88-84 overtime win over Long Beach State.

In defeating the 49ers, CSUN snapped a 21-game losing streak against Big West opponents. Freshman Jasmine Erving led the team with 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to post her second double-double of the season. Not to be outdone, junior Katrina Thompson set a new career high with 15 points and 14 rebounds for her first career double-double.

Erving is now averaging 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while shooting a team-high 48.4 percent from the field. Thompson checks in at 5.5 ppg and 5.6 rpg and leads the team with 34 steals, an average of two per game, tied for fourth in the Big West Conference.

Senior Tonicia Tademy also had a big week at The Matadome in Northridge's two games. Against UC Riverside, she had a career-high 24 points and 10 field goals and followed that up with a nine-point, nine-assist performance against Long Beach State. In the two games, Tademy played 81 of a possible 85 minutes and she now ranks fourth in the league with an average of 34.6 minutes per game.

Tademy continues to lead the league with 5.9 assists-per-game, a mark that ranks 12th in Division I, and 101 dimes for the season. She is also shooting 122 points better for the field when compared to last season (.366 to .244) and is averaging a career-high 7.6 ppg. Her 28 steals are second on the team and she is tied for sixth in the league with an average of 1.7 per game.

Joining Tademy in the backcourt is another senior guard, Whitney Ligon. The two played their high school basketball together at Centennial HS in Corona, Calif., and reunited at Northridge two years later after stints at Mt. SAC (Tademy) and Santa Ana College (Ligon). In her time with Northridge, Ligon has canned 67 3-pointers, tied for the sixth-most in school history with Ashley Blake.

This year, Ligon is averaging a team-high 11.9 points-per-game and has raised that average to a conference-leading 17 ppg in the Matadors' four league games. She is also sixth in the conference in free throw shooting at 78.9 percent (60-of-76).

Standing at fourth in the Big West Conference with a 3-2 record are the Cal State Fullerton Titans. CSUF split a pair of decisions in Northern California last week, winning 71-59 at UC Davis before falling 72-66 to Pacific. Freshman Megan Richardson scored 18 in the win against the Aggies and added 21 points in the loss to the Tigers. She is averaging 9.9 points-per-game on the season and 12 in the five league contests.

Preseason All-Big West selection Toni Thomas leads the team in both scoring (13.5) and rebounding (6.5). She is shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 82.4 percent from the free throw line. Lauren Chow is also averaging in double figures at 10.9 ppg and leads the team with 59 assists. Fullerton's opponents are shooting 45.6 percent, the highest rate in the Big West, and the Titans have committed 56 more turnovers than assists.

Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah is in her 13th season as the Titans' head coach, having compiled a 173-194 record in her tenure. Fullerton has won the past five games in the contest, including a 55-45 victory at The Matadome on Feb. 28, 2008. The Titans are 26-5 all-time against Northridge.

Northridge faces UC Irvine Saturday night at the Bren Events Center. The Anteaters are 3-15 record and an 0-5 record in Big West Conference action. UCI has lost 13-straight games, including a 61-37 decision at Pacific and a 68-56 loss at UC Davis last weekend.

Rebecca Maessen and Mary Has are averaging 12.8 and 12.1 points per game, respectively, for the season. However, Has missed both games in Northern California last weekend. Jovana Petrovic scored a team-high 20 points against the Aggies. The Anteaters shoot 34.4 percent from the field and averaging 34.1 rebounds per game.

Molly Goodenbour is in her first season as the head coach at UC Irvine. Northridge owns a 17-15 advantage in the all-time series between the schools, though UC Irvine won both contests last season, including a 65-61 victory in Northridge on Mar. 1.

Following the trip to Orange County, Northridge returns to The Matadome for games against UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The Matadors face the Gauchos on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. and then host the Mustangs on Jan. 31 at 4 p.m.