Holloway's Lay-Up with 2.2 Seconds LIfts CSUN to 73-72 Victory Over Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. --- Senior Katie Holloway hit a lay-up with 2.2 seconds left to propel the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-21, 0-11) over Cal State Bakersfield (10-14), 73-72, Thursday night at the Icardo Center. Holloway finished with 26 points, including a career-high 12 field goals, and sophomore Katrina Thompson set a new career mark for the second-straight game, finishing with 14 points.
The game was a back-and-forth affair that featured five ties and six lead changes. The game moved to 71-70 with 45 seconds to play. Holloway missed a left-handed lay-up with 40 seconds and Bakersfield came back down the floor and hit a lay-up to take a 72-71 lead.
Northridge kept its composure and came back down the court. After a miss by junior Whitney Ligon, Holloway collected the rebound, her 10th of the game, and put up the winning basket. The double-double was the sixth of her career.
In all, four Matadors finished in double figures. For the second-straight game, Thompson set a new career high with 14 points and seven field goals. She also tied a career high with seven rebounds and had four assists.
Junior Whitney Ligon was the team's third-leading scorer, finishing with 16 points and four rebounds. Junior Crystal Hahs added 11 points, eight rebounds and blocked five CSUB shots. Another third-year player, Tonicia Tademy, became the first Matador player to dish out over 10 assists since Ofa Tulikihihifo, finishing with 11 assists and seven rebounds.
Northridge trailed, 37-33, at halftime. Thompson was the team's leading scorer with 10 points at the break one game after setting a new career high with 10 points against UC Riverside. Holloway had seven points and four rebounds, including the 500th of her career, at the break.
The Matadors jumped out to a 7-3 lead behind a pair of lay-ups and an old-fashion three-point play from Ligon. Hahs extended the lead to 18-14 with 12 minutes left in the half after completing a three-point play.
CSUB took its first lead of the game after following a three-point play from Kelley Tarver, 21-18, with eight minutes left in the first half. Viena-Lota scored CSUN's next four points to cut the lead to 25-22 with six minutes left in the first half.
In the second half, Bakersfield came out firing, extending its lead to 49-37 with 16:30 left in the game. Northridge used an 8-1 run to cut the deficit to six, 52-46, with 13 left in the game.
Ligon scored CSUN's next four points on a pair of fast-break lay-ups to cut the lead to 54-50 with 10:28 left in the game. The teams exchanged baskets for a while, with Holloway scoring six straight for Northridge at one point.
With 7:45 left, Bakersfield held a 63-58 lead. Holloway continued to do damage, tying the game at 65 with six minutes left in the game. Behind a 10-0 run, Northridge took a 69-65 lead with five minutes left in the game.
The Matadors return home to The Matadome Saturday in a Big West Conference game against Long Beach State. Originally scheduled for a 7 p.m. start, the game has been pushed up to 2 p.m. due to the men's basketball game against Rider University, broadcast on ESPNU, which starts at 6 p.m.