Feb. 14, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge junior Jasmine Erving was named the Big West Conference player of the week, the league office announced Monday. In the Matadors' 71-65 victory over Cal State Fullerton, Erving scored a career and conference-high 35 points as the Matadors jumped back into the race for a berth in the Big West Tournament.
Needing at least one win to keep pace with the teams ahead of it in the standings, CSUN got an outstanding performance from Erving in the Matadors' Feb. 12 game against the Titans. She finished 15-of-28 from the field (.536) and added eight rebound, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 35 minutes of action.
The 35 points were the most by an inidividual in the Big West this season, surpassing Erving's previous career high 34 points in the Matadors' loss at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 15. In that game, Erving was 14-of-31 from the field and added 13 rebounds.
The other big note from the Titan game was that Erving became just the ninth player in school history to reach 1,000 points for her career. She now stands at 1,016 points in her two-plus seasons at Cal State Northridge, an average of 12.5 points per game.
"It's exciting to reach this milestone and it never would have happened without the help of my teammates, but right now we're just focused on the big picture of making the Big West Tournament," Erving said. "Against Cal State Fullerton, we did a great job of taking care the ball and the guards did a good job of getting me good looks without forcing me the ball."
For the season, Erving is averaging a career-high 15.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Those averages ranks third and fourth in the conference, respectively. In league games, those averages jump to 19.1 ppg and 8.3 rpg.
Only a junior, Erving has already left an indelible mark in the Matadors' record books. She now ranks ninth in career points (1,016), sixth in career field goals (409) and third in career blocked shots (100).
She broke a three-way tie for third in school history with two blocked shots in the Matadors' loss to Long Beach State earlier in the week. In that game, a 74-64 loss, Erving posted 12 points and seven rebounds.
For her head coach, Jason Flowers, the award was a product of the reliability Erving has provided the Matadors since arriving on campus.
"Jasmine was important in our win over Cal State Fullerton and it is nice to see her recognized and honored by people outside the program," Flowers said. "Her reaching 1,000 career points in just two-plus years is a testament to the consistency she has provided since she started at Northridge. A lot of people who play this game do not get to experience that and she has shown a great ability to score at a high rate."
The Matadors play just once this week, but it's a big game as they host league-leading Cal Poly on Feb. 17. The Matadors and Mustangs are slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off from The Matadome.