March 9, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Senior Tonicia Tademy and freshman Jasmine Erving earned All Big West honors, the Big West Conference announced Monday. Tademy, the league leader in assists, received Honorable Mention while Erving, who leads all rookies in scoring and rebounding, earned a spot on the All-Big West Freshman Team.
For Tademy, the recognition comes on the heels of one of the most successful seasons by a guard at Northridge. She has set a school record with her 191 assists and leads the league with an average of 6.6 per game. That figure ranks eighth throughout all of Division I.
Tademy also ranks second in the conference and 70th in the nation with a 1.49 assist-to-turnover ratio. She has also set a new school record for minutes played in a single season, having appeared in 1,047 minutes this year, an average of 36.1 per game. Finally, Tademy is averaging a career-high 6.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
"It feels good to be honored by the league's coaches," said Tademy. "It just shows that all the hard work my teammates and I have put in has paid off, and is still paying off as we are headed to Anaheim and the Big West Tournament. I want to especially thank my teammates for their help throughout the season. Yeah, I set them up, but they have to knock down the shots and finish."
Matador Head Coach Staci Schulz was pleased to see her senior point guard earn the conference honors.
"Tonicia is one of the top guards in this school's history and it is very satisfying to see her get the recognition," added Schulz. "She is a great distributor of the ball and is capable of impacting the game not only with her assists, but with her scoring and rebounding."
This year, Erving has quickly established herself as one of the league's top post players. She is averaging 8.9 points and 5.6 rebounds for the season, averages that jump to 9.2 points and 5.9 rebounds against league opponents. She leads the Matadors with a 44.7 field goal percentage and also has a team-high 32 blocks.
"I am excited about earning this honor," said Erving. "I didn't know what to expect with this being my first year in college, but I worked hard and did my best in every game. I really want to thank my teammates, who helped me a lot. We have worked very hard as a team this season to accomplish our goals."
For Schulz, Erving's honor caps an outstanding debut season for the rookie post player.
"Jasmine had an outstanding freshman season," said Schulz. "She performed exceptionally well against some very tough opponents, including UCLA and Southern Mississippi. To be a freshman and play at that high of a level is amazing to see."
Tademy, Erving, Schulz and the rest of the Matadors head to Anaheim, Calif., for the Big West Tournament. The Matadors open the women's tournament with a game Wednesday at noon against UC Davis at the Anaheim Convention Center. It will be the second meeting between the schools in a week, as the Aggies narrowly escaped The Matadome with a 53-50 victory on Mar. 4.