January 22, 2008

Northridge Battles with Long Beach St. in Saturday Action


Northridge Battles with Long Beach St. in Saturday Action
This Week's Matador Women's Basketball Release



NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-15, 0-5 BWC) sets its sights on the Long Beach State 49ers this week in Big West Action from The Pyramid Saturday afternoon. Junior Crystal Hahs, the conference leader in blocked shots at 2.4 per game, will look to become Northridge's all-time leading shot blocker after tying the mark with five rejections against UC Riverside.

For the season, Hahs has recorded 36 blocks this season, 15 more than her nearest rival in the Big West Conference. Hahs has also seen her scoring and rebounding numbers rise this season, averaging a career-high 7.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. In conference play, she set a new career high with 17 points against UC Davis and is averaging 10.0 ppg.

Senior Katie Holloway also continues to provide stellar play for the Matadors in Big West action. In conference play, Holloway is posting 14.2 ppg, good for sixth in the league, while shooting a conference-best 59.1 percent from the field (26-of-44). She is also pulling down 7.4 rebounds per contest, seventh in the Big West Conference.

Overall, Holloway is putting up career numbers in her senior campaign, averaging career bests in points (11.5), rebounds (7.4) and minutes per game (28.1). She also has 18 blocks on the season, giving her 92 for her career and moving her into fifth all-time in school history.

Junior Whitney Ligon remains the team's leading scorer, averaging 13.8 ppg, which ranks fourth in the conference. She has connected on 30 3-point field goals this season, good for third in the conference. In league play, Ligon is third at 17.6 ppg, which includes her school-record-tying 40 point performance at Pacific on Jan. 12.

Long Beach State enters the weekend match-up at 3-13 overall and 1-4 in the Big West Conference. The 49ers fell to UC Riverside last week, 72-58. The Matadors have won the past three contests in the series, including a season sweep last year.

Karina Figueroa leads the team at 10.9 points per game. Figueroa also has 31 assists and 23 rebounds in eight contests this season. Tyesha Calhoun is second on the team at 9.7 points per game and is adding 2.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

The 49ers shoot 40.2 percent from the field while surrendering a 41.5 percent clip to their opponents. Long Beach State is a very effective 3-point shooting team, hitting 36.8 percent of its attempts (71-of-193) while its opponents have connected at only 31.9 percent (99-of-310).

Long Beach State owns a 26-10 record in the all-time series between the schools, though Northridge has won four the past five match-ups.

Following the game against the 49ers, Northridge will return to Orange County for a league twin bill at UC Irvine (Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.) and at Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 2 at 5 p.m.).

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