Matadors Fall at UC Riverside, 71-51
RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-21, 0-11 BWC) lost 71-51 Saturday night to UC Riverside (11-11, 8-2 BWC). Sophomore Katrina Thompson posted new career highs with 10 points and seven rebounds in the defeat.
Thompson, who came into the game averaging 1.6 points per game, was a career high 5-of-8 from the field. She also pulled down four offensive rebounds and had a steal in the contest.
Thompson's prior high point game came against Cal St. Bakersfield on Dec. 18 when she scored five points against the Roadrunners. Her prior career high in rebounds was at UC Davis on Jan. 10 when she had five boards.
Senior Katie Holloway was CSUN's other double-figure scorer, finishing with a team-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and from the free throw line. She also grabbed five rebounds, moving her into eighth all-time in school history with 498 for her career. She passed Paula Moran who finished her stint with the Matadors with 495 boards.
For the game, Northridge shot 37 percent from the field (20-of-54) and scored 32 points in the paint, due in large part to the efforts of Holloway, Thompson, and junior Crystal Hahs, who scored six points and recorded four blocks.
Roney Friend's 18 points helped lead the Highlanders to the victory.
CSUN has a pair of games next weekend, starting with a Thursday trip to Cal St. Bakersfield for a game at 5 p.m. The Matadors return to Big West Conference action on Feb. 23 when they host Long Beach State at 2 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m., but was moved up due to the men's basketball game against Rider University, which starts at 6 p.m.