Feb. 27, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-22, 0-12 BWC) will host its final home games of the season this weekend, welcoming Cal State Fullerton on Thursday and UC Irvine on Saturday for a pair of 7 p.m. games. On the cusp of her final games in a Matador uniform, senior Katie Holloway stands on the brink of capping a very successful career with several more milestones.
Since arriving from the shores of Lake Stevens, Wash., Holloway has been a mainstay for Northridge in the post. She has played in over 100 career games and stands second all-time in blocked shots and field goal percentage and is closing in on sixth in career rebounds.
This season, Holloway has set new career marks in points (27 vs. Cal Poly; Jan. 3), field goals (12 vs. CSUB; Feb. 21) and rebounds (12 vs. UCLA; Nov. 14). She has also posted three double-doubles, including a 26 point, 10 rebound performance in Northridge's victory over Cal St. Bakersfield. She is averaging a career-high 28.3 minutes, 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
Joining Holloway up front all season has been junior Crystal Hahs, one of the top shot blockers in the nation. Through Feb. 24, Hahs ranks 12th in the nation at 2.7 blocks per game as she has rejected 62 shots in the 24 Northridge games. The total is the second-most in school history and Hahs already owns the career blocked shots mark with 114 and counting.
Hahs has also been contributing on the offensive end and in rebounding. One of five Matadors to have appeared in all 23 games, Hahs is averaging 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, both new career highs. She has reached double-figures in scoring seven different times and blocked at least five shots in four separate games.
Northridge picked up its first win of the season last week, a thrilling 73-72 win at Cal State Bakersfield. Holloway grabbed a rebound, her 10th of the game, following a miss by junior Whitney Ligon and put back the winning basket with 2.2 seconds left.
Aside from Holloway's performance, CSUN witnessed a career day from sophomore Katrina Thompson. For the second-straight game, Thompson set a new career high in points, scoring 14 against the Roadrunners on a career-high seven field goals. Over her last five games, Thompson is shooting 61.5 percent from the field and is averaging 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
As a team, Northridge is shooting 35.6 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from 3-point range. The Matadors eclipsed 45 percent shooting for the first time in a game this season against Bakersfield when they hit at a 45.7 percent clip. The Matadors average 36.3 rebounds per game while their opponents grab an average of 44.3 boards per contest.
Cal State Fullerton is CSUN's first opponent this week. The Titans enter Thursday's game with a 8-18 record and sport a 6-8 mark in the Big West Conference. Fullerton boasts three players who average double figures. Toni Thomas leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.8 ppg on 47.1 percent shooting from the field. Lauren Chow is second at 12.6 ppg and is joined by Ashley Richie (10.7) in double figures. The Titans won the first meeting between the schools earlier this season, defeating CSUN, 59-55, at Fullerton.
UC Irvine enters Saturday's contest with a 6-21 overall record and at 2-11 in the Big West Conference. Stephanie Duda remains the only player in the Big West Conference to average a double-doube, posting 12.4 ppg and 10.1 rpg. Kelly Cochran is the team's other double-digit scorer, averaging 11.8 ppg. UC Irvine enters the game having lost five straight. 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 finishes its 2007-08 schedule with a pair of road games. First will be a trip up the coast to play UC Santa Barbara on Mar. 6 at 7 p.m. Two days later, on Mar. 8, the Matadors will play Cal Poly in the season finale, starting at 4 p.m.