February 15, 2010

CSUN Women's Hoops Concludes Non-Conference Season at Arizona

Feb. 15, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Northridge Breaks from Conference Play with Trip to Arizona

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-18, 1-9 BWC) closes out its 2009-10 non-conference schedule with a trip to Tucson, Ariz., to face the University of Arizona Tuesday night. The Matadors enter thegame against the Wildcats fresh off a victory over Cal State Fullerton, its fourth-straight win against the Titans.

Sophomore Jasmine Erving posted her fifth career double-double in the victory over the Titans, finishing with a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds. She hit a season-high nine field goals and a career-high nine freethrows in the victory and is now averaging a team-high 12.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg.

Junior Analee Viena-Lota added 16 points and six rebounds for CSUN in the victory and fellow upperclassmen Anna Simmons, making her second start of the season, finished with new season highs in points (8),rebounds (6) and free throws (5). The team's only senior, Katrina Thompson, matched her career high with seven assists, the second time she has reached that figure this season.

The Matadors are tied with Pacific at 2-9 for eighth place in the Big West Conference entering the week. Following the Arizona trip, CSUN travels to first place Cal Poly for a game Saturday while Pacific hosts Long Beach State Saturday in its only contest of the week. The Matadors and Tigers meet on the final day of the regular season in Stockton with a berth in the Big West Tournament likely on the line.

Matadors vs. Arizona

In a series that dates back to 1978, Northridge owns a 1-2 all-time record against Arizona. CSUN won the inaugural meeting between the two schools, 99-77, on Dec. 1, 1978. The teams then met twice in the 1990s, with UA taking both contests: (112-66, 12/13/91) and (98-57, 2/16/94). Tuesday's game will be Northridge's first game against a Pac 10 opponent other than UCLA or USC since a 77-67 loss to California on Dec. 4, 2004 in Berkeley.

Scouting Arizona

The University of Arizona Wildcats enter Tuesday's contest with a 12-11 overall record and a 6-7 mark in the Pac 10. UA has won three of its last four games, splitting a recent road trip by winning at Oregon State, 60-55, on Feb. 13.

Davellyn White is the team's top scorer, averaging just over 17 points a game. Iffy Ibekwe comes into Tuesday's contest averaging a double-double, posting 14.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest. Soana Lucet also averages in double-figures, scoring at a rate of 13.5 ppg.

The Wildcats are shooting 43.8 percent from the field for the season and average 38.1 rebounds per game. They have limited opponents to just a 30.2 percent rate from 3-point range, but also average over 18 turnovers per game. Arizona has already played one Big West opponent this season, falling at UC Riverside, 65-53.