February 24, 2009

Final Roadtrip of the Season Takes Matadors to Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara

Feb. 24, 2009

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Northridge Sets Sights on Big West Tournament

With four games remaining on the schedule, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (6-19, 3-9 BWC) must finish its season with more wins than UC Irvine to make it to the Big West Tournament. Currently tied with three wins in league play, the Matadors have four games remaining while the Anteaters play three times.

With that one game in hand, Northridge heads out on the road one final time during the 2008-09 season, traveling to Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. Although they own a 1-11 record on the road this season, Northridge remains confident of its chances against the Mustangs and Gauchos.

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On Mar. 7, the Matadors will try to set a new attendance record in the "Pack the House Challenge" and will also honors its three graduating seniors.

Matadors Among Top Turnarounds in Country

Having now won six games in the 2008-09 season, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team is now tied for 18th in Division I for best turnarounds. The Matadors are tied with 10 other schools for the distinction. Central Connecticut St. has increased its wins from 4 last year to 17 this year to lead the nation.

Tademy Among National and Conference Leaders

Not only did she set a school record with her 156 assists, senior Tonicia Tademy recorded her second career double-double in the victory over Cal State Fullerton, dishing out 10 assists and grabbing 10 rebounds. She now has 166 assists on the year, a new school record, and her average of 6.64 per game ranks sixth in the nation. She also leads the Big West Conference in assist to turnover ratio at 1.58, a mark that ranks 58th in the nation. She is also averaging a career-high 6.8 points with 4.6 rebounds.

Li-Gon Me When you're not strong

Senior Whitney Ligon continues to lead the Matadors in scoring at 11.4 ppg. Ligon came off the bench to score a team-high 19 points for Northridge against Fullerton. She hit a career-high nine free throws against the Titans and ranks fifth in the conference with a 77.4 percent rate from the stripe.

Dishing it out for T-Time

Senior Tonicia Tademy looks likely to repeat as the conference leader in assists (166) and assists per game (6.6). She now owns the school record for assists in a single season and her 10 assists against Fullerton was her fifth double-figure assist performance of the season. Her 1.58 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks 58th in the nation as of Feb. 15 and leads the Big West Conference.

Stay off the Train Tracks

Junior Katrina Thompson continues to be the heart and soul of the Matadors, averaging a career-high 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds. Her 10 points against Fullerton was her 10th double-figure scoring performance of the season. Thompson also posted the first four double-doubles of her career in a four-game stretch during league play and scored a career-high 18 points against Cal Poly. She also leads the Matadors with 52 steals, an average of 2.1 per game, the third-best mark in the league.

CSUN's Very Own Dr. J

Freshman Jasmine Erving has already established herself as one of the conference's top post players, averaging 9.6 points and 5.9 rebounds, figures that jump to 10.7 and 6.8 in league play. She is shooting a team-high .449 from the field and also leads the team with 31 blocked shots.

She's Blake!

With only a handful of games left in her career, senior Ashley Blake continues to be the Matadors' most consistent long-range threat. She leads the team with a career-high 44 3-pointers, tied for the seventh-most in school history. She is also shooting 75.9 percent from the free throw line to average a career-high 8.6 points.

Matadors sign four Recruits to Begin Play in 2009-10 Season

Head Coach Staci Schulz announced that the Matadors had signed four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent. Violet Alama (Kalani HS/Honolulu, Hawai'i), Felicia Walker (McClymonds HS/Oakland, Calif.), Amanda Thomson (Auburn Riverside HS/Auburn Riverside, Wash.) and Janelle Nomura (Punahou HS/Honolulu, Hawai'i) will all play their college basketball at Cal State Northridge beginning in the 2009-10 season.

Scouting Cal Poly

Having won of its last nine games, Cal Poly hosts Cal State Northridge Thursday at Mott Gym. The Mustangs won twice on the road last weekend, picking up victories at UC Davis (62-47) and Pacific (74-64). With a 9-4 record in the Big West Conference, the Mustangs currently stand in third place.

Kristina Santiago leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points-per-game and is shooting 55.9 percent from the field for the season. Megan Harrison and Lisa McBride also average in double figures for Cal Poly, scoring 13.6 and 10.2, respectively. McBride is the team's top rebounder at 6.0 per game, while four different Mustangs have recorded at least 50 assists this season.

In their first meeting this year, Cal Poly escaped The Matadome with a 68-61 victory. Katrina Thompson scored a career-high 18 points and Jasmine Erving had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Matadors. Tonicia Tademy also set a career high with 12 assists in the game. Santiago led Cal Poly with 18 points.

Scouting UC Santa Barbara

League-leading UC Santa Barbara hosts Northridge on Feb. 28, bringing to the game a 17-8 record and 12-1 mark in Big West play. The Gauchos' only loss in league play happened last weekend in Stockton, where Pacific posted a 59-50 win.

Lauren Pedersen leads the team in scoring (12.4) and assists (4.4) and minutes per game (32.3). She is also averaging 5.1 rebounds while shooting 30.9 percent from the field. Jenna Green checks in at 11.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg while shooting 52.6 percent from the field.

As a team, UCSB is shooting 40.8 percent from the field while limiting its opponents to just a 34.2 percent rate. The Gauchos average 38.7 rebounds per game, but turn the ball over 18 times per game. They have also made more free throws made (376) than their opponents have attempted (371).

In the first game between the two schools this season, Green scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and UCSB won 75-58. Whitney Ligon led the Matadors with 17 points and Katrina Thompson had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Tonicia Tademy dished out 11 assists for the Matadors. The win extended the Gauchos' record to 31-11 in the all-time series between the schools and 20 of the last 21 meetings.

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