Bruins Spoil Matadors' Home Opener, 81-69
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-3) lost, 81-69, Wednesday night to cross-town rival UCLA (1-0) at The Matadome. Although the Matadors outscored the Bruins, in the second half, 42-40, UCLA used a 12-0 run at the end of the first half that proved to be too steep a deficit for Northridge to overcome.
All 10 Matadors who played in the game scored, led by junior Whitney Ligon's 16 points. The junior knocked down two 3-pointers and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
Junior Ashley Blake was the team's second-leading scorer, finishing with 11 points. Blake was also a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line and as a unit, Northridge took advantage of its opportunities from the charity stripe, successfully converting 18-of-22 shots (81.8 percent). All 27 of Blake and Ligon's points came off the bench, where Northridge outscored UCLA, 36-27.
Senior Katie Holloway, who returned from a one-game absence due to injury, had a game-high 12 rebounds, one off her career high which she set against Idaho on Feb. 12, 2005. Holloway also scored nine points and tied a career high with four assists. Junior Tonicia Tademy also finished with nine points and added six rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Matadors.
UCLA took advantage of its frontline size, outscoring Northridge, 38-14, in the paint. The Bruins also were successful in transition, finishing with 26 fast-break points. Northridge forced 21 UCLA turnovers, converting the miscues into 21 points.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair that saw four lead changes and two tied scores. However, Northridge trailed heading into halftime, 41-27. Ligon's six points and four rebounds paced the Matadors in the stanza.
The Matadors wrap up their brief two-game homestand Friday when the Rice Owls swoop into The Matadome. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Matador fans can hear all the excitement at gomatadors.com with Sam Farber detailing the action.