Nov. 4, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team plays its second exhibition contest Wednesday as it hosts The Master's College in The Matadome at 7 p.m. Several Matadors put on impressive performances in the exhibition opener against Love and Basketball, including notable debuts from their newcomers.
Junior Kayla Rutherford, who sat out last season as she transferred from Hope International, led the team with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, against Love and Basketball. She also chipped in two assists and three steals in 31 minutes of action.
Another newcomer, freshman Bridgette Conejo, added six points and five rebounds, four of which were offensive, in 15 minutes off the bench. Freshman Neeta SreeKanth added two rebounds and two steals in 16 minutes of play.
Despite losing 81-72, Northridge played hard on both offense and defense, as they forced 23 turnovers and scored 43 points in the second half of the contest. The Matadors reached 70 points only twice during the 2007-08 season.
For the returning players, junior Katrina Thompson led the way, posting a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds. Seven of those boards were offensive and she also had three assists. It would have been the first double-double of her career had the game been an official contest.
Three seniors also performed well Saturday. Tonicia Tademy, Ashley Blake and Whitney Ligon all had eight points for the Matadors. Tademy dished out a game-high nine assists in the game, while Ligon was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line and Blake connected on two 3-pointers.
The Master's College is an NAIA school in Golden State Athletic Conference. The Mustangs have played two games thus far in 2008-09, dropping a 86-66 decision to Oklahoma City and suffering a 72-67 loss to Southern Nazarene.
Amanda Durocher is averaging 18 ppg through the two contests and was 8-of-17 from beyond the 3-point arc in the two games. Annie Gillespie is averaging 16.5 ppg so far and Stacey Nannninga is pulling down 10 rebounds per contest.
The Matadors open the 2008-09 season on Nov. 14 when they head to Houston, Texas, to face the Rice University Owls at 7 p.m. (CST). Two days later, they face Prairie View A&M at 2 p.m. (CST).
For its home opener, Northridge welcomes the University of San Diego for a 7 p.m. game on Nov. 19 at The Matadome. Two days later, the Matadors welcome the Roadrunners of Cal State Bakersfield for a 2 p.m. contest also in The Matadome.