Pair of Double-Doubles Not Enough to Lift Matadors over Titans, 59-55
FULLERTON, Calif. --- Despite 18 points and 10 rebounds from senior Katie Holloway, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-18, 0-8 BWC) lost to Cal State Fullerton (7-13, 5-3 BWC), 59-55, Saturday afternoon at the Titan Gym. Freshman Analee Viena-Lota continued to play well for CSUN, posting her second-straight double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Holloway was 6-of-10 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. The double-double was the fifth of Holloway's career. She also finished with three blocks, moving her into second all-time on the Matadors' career list. She now has 24 for the season and 98 for her career.
Viena-Lota pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds in the contest, four coming on the offensive glass. She also had one block and one steal in the contest. She is now averaging 4.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg in league play.
Junior Crystal Hahs added eight points, five rebounds, three blocks and two steals in the defeat. Junior Whitney Ligon was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line and finished with nine points while junior Tonicia Tademy added six points and three assists.
Northridge forced three Titan turnovers on Fullerton's first four possessions. Freshman Analee Viena-Lota scored CSUN's first four points, pulling down a pair of offensive rebounds and scoring on the put-backs.
Northridge went on an 11-1 run that featured a basket by Holloway, a pair of free throws by Viena-Lota and was punctuated by a traditional three-point play from Ligon. Fullerton responded with a 9-0 run of its own before Holloway scored from the post and Hahs drilled a 3-pointer to put Northridge back ahead 20-18 with three minutes left in the first half.
Northridge closed out the first half on a 11-0 run to take a 26-18 lead into halftime, the first time this season that CSUN has led at the break. Northridge really stepped up its defensive pressure, limiting the Titans to 22.6 percent shooting in the first half (7-of-31).
Ligon led CSUN with seven points in the first half, while both Holloway and Viena-Lota had six points and five rebounds.
In the second half, Holloway scored the Matadors' first four points and Hahs drained her second 3-pointer of the game to put Northridge ahead 33-28 with 17:27 left in the game.
Holloway and Hahs continued to play well in the paint for Northridge in the second half, scoring 13 of CSUN's first 15 points after the break. Northridge held a 43-36 advantage with 11:09 left in the game after Viena-Lota had another score following an offensive rebound.
Fullerton took the lead at 47-45 with 5:15 left in the game after going on a 15-4 run. The Titans' lead extended their lead to 52-47 with 3:36 left in the game following a pair of free throws. The run peaked at 17-4 before Holloway drained a pair of free throws to bring the lead to 54-49 with 1:34 left in the game.
The Matadors' defense stifled Fullerton's Toni Thomas, who entered the game leading the Big West in scoring. Thomas did not score in the first half and did not record her first points of the game until she connected on a jump shot with 19 minutes left in the game. She finished the game with five points and 10 rebounds.
The Matadors open the second half of their Big West schedule next week, hosting Pacific and UC Davis on Feb. 7 and Feb. 9, respectively. The Aggies defeated Northridge 76-60, earlier this season while Pacific edged CSUN, 79-73, on Jan. 12 in Stockton. In that game, junior Whitney Ligon tied the school record when she scored 40 points. Both games are slated for a 7 p.m. tip off.