March 16, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - For her efforts in the Big West Tournament, Cal State Northridge guard Tonicia Tademy earned a spot on the Big West's All-Tournament Team. In the Matadors' two games, the senior averaged two points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals in an average of 38 minutes per game.
In Northridge's victory over UC Davis, Tademy had seven rebounds, including four offensive boards, seven assists and four steals to help the eighth-seeded Matadors upend the fifth-seeded Aggies. The next day, she posted four points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals in CSUN's 74-65 loss to Cal Poly.
Tademy's 2008-09 campaign will go down as one of the best seasons by a guard in Northridge history. She set a school record with 204 assists, breaking the old mark by nearly 70 (135 - Monica Hernandez, 2000-01), for an average of 6.6 per game. Both figures led the Big West Conference and ranked among the top 10 in the nation.
She also finished the year averaging a career-high 6.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, numbers that ranked fifth and third on the team respectively. Tademy also shot .314 from the field (81-of-258), an increase of 70 points from her junior season, and was a .689 free throw shooter, an improvement of 167 points from the previous season. Tademy received All-Big West Honorable Mention following the conclusion of the regular season.
In her two year career, Tademy finished with 314 assists, the fourth-most in school history. She averaged 5.5 assists per game for her career. In the 2008-09, she also set a new school record for minutes played, appearing in 1,123 over 31 games, an average of 36.2 per contest. That figure eclipsed the previous record by 159 minutes (Edinesha Curry, 1997-98, 964).
Matador Head Coach Staci Schulz was proud to see her departing point guard receive the recognition for her play in the tournament and throughout the season.
"Tonicia Tademy has been an instrumental figure in our success this year and this is a well-deserved award for her leadership and hard work throughout the season," said Schulz. "To finish a season with over 200 assists is truly a special achievement and I am happy that she received the recognition."
The other members of the All-Tournament included Lauren Pedersen, the event's MVP, and Jenna Green of UCSB, Megan Harrison and Lisa McBride of Cal Poly and Toni Thomas of Cal State Fullerton.