Matadors Close Out First Half of Conference Play against Cal Poly

Jan. 30, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Northridge Hosts Cal Poly at The Matadome for 4 p.m. contest

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (5-15, 2-5 BWC) conclude the first half of league play with a meeting against the Cal Poly Mustangs. The race for a spot at the Big West Tournament continues to tighten up, with Northridge holding a one-game lead in the win column over UC Irvine and Long Beach State. The Matadors also trail Fullerton by only one game in the win column, making Saturday's game against Cal Poly imperative in CSUN's quest for Anaheim.

Matadors Among Top Turnarounds in Country

Having already won five games in the 2008-09 season, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team is now tied for 10th in Division I with a four-game improvement from last year. The Matadors are tied with Alabama, Navy and South Carolina-Upstate.

Tademy Among National and Conference Leaders

Senior Tonicia Tademy leads the Big West with an average of 6.4 assists-per-game after posting her third double-figure assist game of the season by tying a career high with 11 against UC Santa Barbara. That performance is tied for the 15th-most in a single game in all of Division I and she ranks seventh in the nation at 6.4 apg as of Jan. 29.

Li-Gon Me When you're not strong

Senior Whitney Ligon continues to lead the Matadors in scoring at 12.6 ppg, which ranks seventh in the Big West Conference. In the Matadors' conference wins, she scored a season-high 28 points at Fullerton and had 23 against Long Beach State. Ligon is seventh in school history with 69 career treys and has shot 39.4 percent (13-of-33) from 3-point range in the seven league games. She is also the team's top free throw shooter, having connected on 71-of-90 attempts (.789), which ranks seventh in the Big West Conference. She leads the league with an average of 16.7 ppg in CSUN's seven BWC contests.

Dishing it out for T-Time

One season removed from a conference-best 4.7 assists-per-game, senior Tonicia Tademy has improved her distributing skills, averaging 6.4 apg to again lead the league. In addition to her 127 assists, she set a new career high with 24 points and 10 field goals against UC Riverside For the season, Tademy is averaging a career-high 72 ppg. Her 127 assists is second in school history and she is only nine helpers away from surpassing Monica Hernandez's 135 for the school record.

Stay off the train tracks

Junior Katrina Thompson picked up her fourth career double-double in as many games Wednesday, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. In CSUN's two league wins, Thompson had 10 points and 15 rebounds at Fullerton and against LBSU, Thompson had a career-high 15 points and 14 rebounds. She is now averaging career highs in minutes (25.9), points (6.5) and rebounds (6.6) per game. She ranks sixth in the league in rebounding and is fifth in steals (1.8).

CSUN's Very Own Dr. J

Freshman Jasmine Erving has quickly made an impact in the Big West Conference. In the win at Fullerton, she finished with 24 points and added a team-high 25 points and 11 rebounds for her second career double-double against Long Beach State. She currently is averaging 9.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and leads the team with 27 blocks and with a .472 field goal percentage (77-of-163). The rookie now ranks fourth in the Big West in field goal percentage and second in blocks.

Conejo Brings More than Lucky Feet to Matadors

Freshman Bridgette Conejo has played an important role for Northridge in during her rookie season. She has appeared in 18 games, making three starts and averaging 4.8 points. She had 11 points off the bench in the victory at Fullerton and also had a season-high three assists and two 3-pointers.

Hawaiian Punch

Sophomore Analee Viena-Lota (Honolulu, HI) regained a role in the starting line-up in Northridge's game against Long Beach State. She responded with six points, four rebounds and two steals in 35 minutes of action. She is averaging 6.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. She posted her first career double-double at Cal State Fullerton last season, finishing with 10 points and 13 rebounds on Feb. 2, 2008.

She's Blake!

Senior Ashley Blake is now sixth in school history with 74 career 3-pointers. At UC Irvine, Blake knocked down a career-high five treys. She also scored nine crucial points, including two 3-pointers, off the bench at Fullerton. She leads also leads the team with 31 treys on the season and is averaging 7.9 points, a new career high, and 2.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game.

Matadors sign four Recruits to begin play in 2009-10 season

Head Coach Staci Schulz announced on Nov. 26 that the Matadors had signed four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent. Violet Alama (Kalani HS/Honolulu, Hawai'i), Felicia Walker (McClymonds HS/Oakland, Calif.), Amanda Thomson (Auburn Riverside HS/Auburn Riverside, Wash.) and Janelle Nomura (Punahou HS/Honolulu, Hawai'i) will all play their college basketball at Cal State Northridge beginning in the 2009-10 season.