Matadors Venture to City of Roses to Battle Portland State and Portland
This Week's Matador Women's Basketball Release
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-4) will be spending the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend in Portland as it plays a pair of non-conference road games against Portland State (3-0) and the University of Portland (3-2). Still in search of their first win of the season, the Matadors will hope to limit their turnovers against the Vikings and Pilots.
A bright spot for the team has been the play of their starting front court. Junior Crystal Hahs and Senior Katie Holloway form an imposing tandem in the middle for the Matadors, as both have already recorded double-doubles in the young season. Against San Diego, Hahs recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds while playing a career-high 40 minutes. For the season, Hahs is averaging 7.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and her 10 blocks, good for 2.5 a contest, is tops in the Big West Conference.
Holloway, the two-time Big West Conference Sixth Woman of the Year, has adjusted nicely to her new starting role, averaging 9.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. She led the Northridge effort against the Owls, finishing with the fourth double-double of her career after tallying 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Sophomore Morgan Pryor is Northridge's top scorer, averaging 11 points per game. Against Rice, Pryor hit two 3-pointers to open both the first and second half of action. From behind the arc, Pryor is shooting 10-of-28 (.357), accounting for 56 percent of the team's 3-point makes.
In action last week Northridge dropped its season-opening homestand, falling to UCLA, 81-69, and Rice, 81-55. Against the Bruins, all 10 Matadors who played scored, led by junior Whitney Ligon's 16 points. The junior drained two 3-pointers and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Against Rice, Pryor poured in a team-high 13 points while Ligon added 10 off the bench for the Matadors.
The Pilots and Vikings enter the weekend having played each other in their annual duel on Tuesday. Portland State won the battle of the City of Roses, 80-71, behind 28 points from Delaney Conway on 13-of-18 shooting. Vikings' forward Kelsey Kahle posted a double-double, scoring 15 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. The Pilots were lead by Rachel Warren and Kendra Morris, who each scored 20 points in the defeat.
Portland and Northridge have met five times in their history with Portland owning a 3-2 advantage in the series. However, the Matadors have won the past two contests between the schools, including a 86-79 victory on Dec. 21, 2005.
Sherri Murrell is in her first year in charge of the Vikings program and 13th as a head coach. She has a career record of 150-193 (.4376 winning pct.). The Vikings rallied from second-half deficits of 10 points against Binghamton (11/10) and 13 versus Utah State (11/16) in the season's first two games to post victories.
The Vikings and Matadors met last season, a 77-67 victory for Northridge at The Matadome on Nov. 12. The Matadors own a 10-9 record in the all-time series which dates back to when Northridge was a member of the Big Sky Conference.
Jim Sollars is in his 22nd year at the helm of the Pilots' program, posting a record of 288-320 with the University of Portland and a career record of 465-402 in 32 years of head coaching.
Following the trip, the Matadors will return home to face San Jose State University on Nov. 30. Tip off from The Matadome is slated for 7 p.m. The contest, as with every game this season, will be broadcast live on gomatadors.com with Sam Farber detailing all the action.