March 8, 2010

Three Matadors Named to All-Big West Women's Basketball Teams

March 8, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Three members of the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team were named to the 2009-10 All-Big West Conference teams, the league announced Monday. Jasmine Erving received All-Big West Second Team honors, Katrina Thompson earned All-Big West Honorable Mention and Janelle Nomura was named to the All-Big West Freshman Team.

Erving finished the season as the Matadors' top scorer, averaging a career-high 13.6 points per game. She shot an even 45 percent from the field (148-of-329), 73.6 percent from the free throw line (67-of-91) and 63 percent from 3-point range (5-of-8).

"I think this award is well deserved for Jasmine," CSUN head coach Staci Schulz said. "We designed our offense around her and she responded with some fantastic play. I would continue to expect great things out of her in the future."

Among the highlights of the season for Erving were her career-high 31 points in a loss at Cal Poly. That performance, coupled with a 26-point outing at Cal State Fullerton and a 21-point display at Arizona, helped her earn Big West Player of the Week honors.

She also led the team in blocked shots with 34, averaged 5.5 rebounds and recorded 21 steals in the 2009-10 year. In just two seasons, her 67 career blocks already ranks eighth in school history.

This is the second-straight season that Erving has been named to an all-league team. She earned All-Big West Freshman team honors in 2008-09 after averaging 8.9 points and 5.6 rebounds.

Also earning a spot on the All-Big West Team was senior Katrina Thompson, who earned Honorable Mention. In her final season at CSUN, Thompson averaged a career-high 9.1 points for the season, a figure that rose to 9.9 during the Big West season.

She also led the Matadors in rebounding for the second-straight year, averaging 5.8 boards per game. Thompson also led the team in assists (87) and steals (51).

"I am pleased to see that people outside of the Northridge family recognized what Katrina meant to this program," Schulz added. "She was a coach's player for all four seasons and we will certainly miss her energy and enthusiasm."

Thompson concluded the year 37-of-91 from 3-point range, equalling a percentage of 40.7, the seventh-best single season in school history. For her career, Thompson was 38-of-99 from behind the arc, a percentage of 38.4, the third-highest percentage in school history.

The final Matador to earn a league award was rookie Janelle Nomura, who earned a spot on the All-Big West Freshman Team. A point guard from Honolulu, Nomura averaged 6.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in her rookie campaign.

Nomura reached double-figures in scoring on nine separate occasions. She made an immediate splash for Northridge in her Matador debut, scoring 20 points with eight rebounds and seven assists against New Mexico State. In that game against the Aggies, she made 14-of-17 free throws, the third-most attempts and free throws in the school's Division I history.

"I think Janelle came on strong to finish the season," Schulz said. "I think she'll be a strong leader in the future. She definitely turned some heads this season."

Cal Poly's Kristina Santiago took home Big West Player of the Year honors. UC Davis' Sandy Simpson received the Coach of the Year award. UC Irvine's Jazmyne White was named Big West Freshman of the Year.

The league also handed out its specialty awards Monday. Ariana Gnekow from UC Santa Barbara was named the league's Best Hustle Player. Christina Thompson of Pacific received the Big West Sixth Woman of the Year award. Finally, UC Davis' Haylee Donaghe was named Big West Defensive Player of the Year.