February 21, 2008

CSUN Faces Pair of Tests: At Bakersfield and Hosting Long Beach State


CSUN Faces Pair of Tests: At Bakersfield and Hosting Long Beach State
This Week's Matador Women's Basketball Release



NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-21, 0-11 BWC) faces a pair of tests this week, traveling to Cal State Bakersfield (10-13) for a non-conference game Thursday night at 7 p.m. before resuming league play when it hosts Long Beach State (5-18, 3-8 BWC) at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Senior Katie Holloway continues to scale the Northridge career lists in rebounds, currently sitting in eight all-time with 498 rebounds.

In her swan song in a Northridge uniform, Holloway continues to post career bests in minutes (27.8), points (11.9) and rebounds (7.0) per game. In CSUN's 71-51 loss to UC Riverside last week, Holloway scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and the free throw line. For her career, Holloway has hit at a 51.8 percent clip from the field, which currently stands as tied for the second-highest mark in school history with Jennifer Shetters.

Sophomore Katrina Thompson also had a good game against the Highlanders last week, setting new career highs with 10 points and seven rebounds. It was the first time in her career that Thompson scored in double figures. Her previous career marks had come against Cal State Bakersfield earlier this season when she had five points and at UC Davis on Jan. 10 when she had five rebounds. For the season, Thompson is averaging 2 ppg and 2.8 rpg.

A menace to opposing offenses all season, junior Crystal Hahs continues to block shots at an incredible rate. The 6-4 forward has 54 blocks on the season, an average of 2.6 per game, which leads the conference and ranks 18th in the nation. She is also averaging a career-high 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 30.2 minutes per game, which ranks seventh in the Big West Conference.

As a team, Northridge is shooting 34.7 percent from the field and 26.3 percent from 3-point range. The team has yet to eclipse 45 percent shooting in a game this season. The Matadors average 35.9 rebounds per game while their opponents grab an average of 44.7 boards per contest.

Cal State Bakersfield is CSUN's first opponent this week. The Roadrunners enter Thursday's game with a 10-13 record and sport a 6-4 mark at the Icardo Center.

CSUNB boasts four players who average double figures. Kelley Tarver leads the team in scoring, averaging 17.1 ppg on 36.5 percent shooting from the field. Chris Kepenekian is second at 12.6 ppg and is joined by Naomi Johnson (11.6) and Krista Arase (10.6) in double figures.

The Roadrunners won the first meeting between the schools earlier this season, defeating CSUN, 69-65, in the first meeting ever between the schools.

Long Beach State enters Saturday's contest with a 5-18 overall record and at 3-8 in the Big West Conference.

Karina Figueroa is the only Long Beach State player to average double-digits, posting 12 ppg on 35.2 percent shooting from the field. Courtney Jacob is the team's top rebounder at 5.8 rpg. Long Beach State enters the game having lost five of its last six games, having defeated Pacific, 69-57, on Feb. 9.

Long Beach State won the first meeting between the schools this season, defeating CSUN, 71-56. The 49ers lead the all-time series, 27-10.

Northridge returns to the friendly confines of The Matadome next week, hosting Cal St. Fullerton and UC Irvine in a pair of Big West Conference contests. Tip off for both games is slate for 7 p.m.

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