Final Homestand Pits Northridge against UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine

Feb. 23, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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CSUN Hosts Anteaters on Senior Night

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-19, 2-9 BWC) closes out its 2009-10 home season with a pair of Big West games that are crucial to the team's goal of making the Big West Tournament. Northridge remains tied with Pacific for the eighth and final spot to Anaheim and the two teams will meet on the final day of the regular season in Stockton.

In their last game, Jasmine Erving scored a career-high 31 points and knocked down a season-high 11 field goals in the Matadors' loss to Cal Poly. The sophomore has averaged 26 points over her last three games and leads the team in scoring at 14.0 points and field-goal percentage (.454).

Entering the final two home games of her collegiate career, Katrina Thompson looks to leave her mark in the CSUN record books. At 29-of-66 from 3-point range, Thompson's 43.9 percentage is tied for third in school history with Kristen Brinkema in single season. At 30-of-74 for her career, Thompson is in line to finish with the top 3-point percentage in school history, 40.5 percent.

Now awaiting Northridge is UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine. The Gauchos are 9-16 on the season and 6-7 in league play. They defeated the Matadors, 69-55, on Jan. 30 at The Thunderdome. UC Irvine is 8-15 overall and 5-8 in the league, having defeated CSUN 69-64 on Jan. 7

Senior Story

Saturday night's game against UC Irvine will mark the final home game in the career of senior forward Katrina Thompson. Adorned lovingly with the nickname of "Train" by friends and teammates, Thompson has been an outstanding student-athlete in her four years at CSUN. She has worked hard on the court and in the classroom and served as an integral member of the Northridge Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC). Originally from Sylmar, Calif., Thompson is scheduled to graduate in the spring with a degree Kinesiology.

Bombs Away

The Matadors enter Wednesday's game ranked 32nd in the nation in 3-point percentage at 36.2 percent. Katrina Thompson has shot 43.9 percent from long range, having hit 29-of-66 attempts. That mark ranks among the top percentages in school history for a single year and has vaulted Thompson into the career percentage ranks in school history. In league action, Thompson is 20-of-43 (.465).

Bridgette Conejo has also been lethal from downtown, leading the Matadors with 32 treys while shooting 39.0 percent from 3-point range. In Big West games, she is 16-of-41 from long range (39.0 percent).

CSUN's Own Dr. J

Sophomore Jasmine Erving set a new career high with 31 points at Cal Poly. Over her last three games, Erving is averaging 26.3 points and leads Northridge in scoring average at 14.0 ppg, the fourth-best figure in the Big West. She also leads the team in field goal percentage at .454 and with 29 blocks. She ranks among the Big West Top 10 in field goal percentage, blocks per game and points per game. For her efforts, Erving was named Big West Player of the Week on Feb. 22.

Stay Off the Train Tracks

With just four regular season games remaining in her collegiate career, senior Katrina Thompson hopes to lead the Matadors to the Big West Tournament. For the year, she is averaging 8.8 points, which is a new career high, and a team-high 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists. She also leads CSUN in steals with 44 and has hit 29-of-66 attempts from 3-point range.

Simmons Toast Crunch

Junior Anna Simmons has started the past three games for Northridge, setting numerous season highs in the process. Against Cal Poly, she knocked down two 3-pointer and dished out three assists. At Cal State Fullerton, Simmons scored a season-high eight points, grabbed a season-high six rebounds and knocked down a season-high five free throws. At Arizona, Simmons played a season-high 36 minutes and tied a season high with three assists. For the year, she is averaging 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from 3-point range (7-of-14).

CSUN's Flyin Hawaiian

Freshman Janelle Nomura has shown a knack for getting to the free throw line this season, leading the Matadors in attempts (90), completions (70) and percentage (.778). For the year, she is averaging 6.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

Conejo Brings More than Lucky Feet to CSUN

Sophomore Bridgette Conejo is now second on the Matadors in scoring at 11.4 ppg. She is also second on the team in rebounding at 5.2 per game and has knocked down a team-high 32 3-pointers this season.

Northridge vs. UC Santa Barbara

The Gauchos own a 33-11 record in the all-time series with CSUN, having won the past six contests in the series. Before a 66-64 Northridge victory on Jan. 25, 2007 at The Thunderdome, the Matadors had lost 17 straight to UC Santa Barbara. CSUN has not defeated UCSB at The Matadome since a 65-61 decision on Dec. 1, 1984.

Northridge vs. UC Irvine

A historically close series, UCI enters Saturday's contest holding a narrow 18-17 advantage in the all-time series with Cal State Northridge. The Anteaters have won the last four contests in the match-up after having lost six of the previous seven to CSUN. The Matadors' last victory against UCI came at The Matadome on Feb. 3, 2007, an 80-63 decision.

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