March 5, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-24, 0-14 BWC) closes out its 2007-08 schedule with a trip up the coast, traveling to UC Santa Barbara (19-7, 13-1 BWC) and Cal Poly (10-17, 7-7 BWC) for a pair of Big West Conference contests. The games represent the finale for Matador senior Katie Holloway, who currently leads the league at 59.8 percent shooting from the field and is second at 14.6 ppg in conference games.
Thursday's game against UC Santa Barbara is slated for a 7 p.m. tip from The Thunderdome while Saturday's season finale will take place at Mott Gym at 4 p.m.
In her home finale, Holloway was honored before the game with a ceremony celebrating her achievements both on and off the court. She responded with a 21 point, nine rebound performance in her final game at The Matadome. For the season, Holloway is averaging a team-best 13.4 ppg and 7.1 rpg, both career highs. She is likely to finish second all-time in career field goal percentage, of which she currently stands at 53 percent, sixth in career rebounds and eighth in career free throws.
A great story that has evolved throughout the season for Northridge has been the defensive prowess of junior Crystal Hahs. A 6-4 junior, Hahs enters the weekend ranked 18th in NCAA Division I at 2.6 blocks per game and her 66 rejections for the season ranks second in school history for a single year. She assumed the all-time lead in the category on Jan. 16 against Long Beach State and currently has 122 blocks in her two-plus seasons. She is also averaging career highs in minutes (30.5), points (7.4) and rebounds (4.9).
Junior Whitney Ligon has also performed well for CSUN throughout the season, entering the final two games averaging 12.6 ppg and leading the team with 44 3-point field goals. In her first season in a Matador uniform, Ligon has scored in double figures in 15 of Northridge's 25 games. She also tied the school record when she dropped 40 points in a road game at Pacific.
Another transfer, junior Tonicia Tademy, has also done a good job racking up the stats in steals and assists. She leads the team with 103 dimes, an average of 4.1 per game, which is tops in the Big West Conference. She also ranks third in the league in steals per game, swiping 2.3 a contest. She is also averaging 4.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest.
UC Santa Barbara will enter Thursday's game firmly entrenched as the top seed in next week's Big West Tournament in Anaheim. The Gauchos are 19-7 overall and 13-1 in the conference, with their only loss coming in overtime against UC Davis.
UCSB has two players who average double figures. Jessica Wilson leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.2 ppg on 45 percent shooting from the field. Kat Suderman is the Gauchos' other double-figure scorer, checking in at 10.8 ppg. Wilson is also the team's top rebounder at 6.2 rpg. The Gauchos won the first meeting between the schools earlier this season, defeating CSUN, 88-44, at The Matadome.
Cal Poly will enter Saturday's contest having played Long Beach St. on Thursday. Currently, the Mustands are 10-17 overall record and at 7-7 in the Big West Conference. Toni Newman is the tea;s to scorer, averaging 13.9 points a contest while shooting 41.9 percent from the field. Megan Harrison is the team's top rebounder, pulling down seven boards per contest.
The Mustangs have four of their past five, including a pair of overtime losses. Cal Poly won the first meeting between the schools this season, defeating CSUN, 78-66. Northridge leads the all-time series, 31-23.