Portland State Defeats Northridge, 91-64
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-4) lost to Portland State (4-0), 91-64, Friday night at the Stott Center. Junior Whitney Ligon poured in a season-high 20 points in the defeat, including four 3-pointers, also a season high.
Ligon, a transfer from Santa Ana Community College, scored 17 in the second half and finished with two rebounds. Senior Katie Holloway added a season-high 19 points, 11 of which came in the second half, and had seven rebounds and three assists.
Junior Tonicia Tademy also played well for Northridge in the defeat, stuffing the stat sheet with a game-high eight rebounds, six points, three steals and a season-high six assists while playing all 40 minutes.
The Vikings jumped out to a 15-6 lead four minutes into the game behind a 9-0 run. The Matadors responded with a run of their own, scoring 11 of the game's next 13 points to make the game 19-17 with 13 minutes left in the first half.
However from that point on, the Vikings outscored the Matadors, 28-12, and took a 47-29 lead into halftime. Holloway led Northridge with eight points at the break and chipped in two boards and three assists. Tademy added four points, four rebounds and three assists in the stanza. Portland State's 47 points were the most allowed by the Matadors in the first half this season.
In the second half, Portland State used an early 16-6 run to put the game out of reach. The Matadors shot 37.7 percent in the game (23-of-61) and 4-of-13 (30.8 pct.) in their 3-point attempts. As a team, Northridge dished out a season-high 18 assists and tied a season high with eight steals.
Delaney Conway led the Vikings with 29 points and Claire Faucher added 17 assists.
Next up for the Matadors is a game against the University of Portland Pilots on Sunday, Nov. 25. Tip off from the Chiles Center is slated for 2 p.m.
Game Notes: Cal State Northridge women's basketball announcer Sam Farber, in his second year with the program, received the Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship in recognition of his announcing skills. Farber, a San Jose, Calif., native, sent in game tapes of his play-by-play calls from various contests and will be recognized at halftime of the Nov. 25 game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Jersey Nets.
"I have always carried an admiration for people like Chick Hearn and Vin Scully because they stayed in one market and they became part of the culture," Farber said. "In broadcasting, talent tends to move around the country but Chick really engrained himself in Los Angeles and became synonymous with the Lakers. To be associated with Mr. Hearn is a great honor."