November 23, 2009

Northridge Travels to San Diego Before Hosting Wanrner Center Marriott Classic

Nov. 23, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Matadors host Providence, Northern Colorado and Pepperdine in Tournament

Fresh off their first non-conference win in November since 2005, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-2) returns to the court Tuesday at San Diego before hosting the Warner Center Marriott Classic at the Matadome. The tournament, which features two games on Nov. 27 and a single match-up on Nov. 28, brings The Providence Friars, Pepperdine Waves and Northern Colorado Bears to the San Fernando Valley.

Last week, Northridge picked up its first non-conference win in November in 19 attempts with a 62-61 victory at San Jose State. In a game that featured nine ties and lead changes, sophomore Jasmine Erving scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds to lead CSUN. Freshman Janelle Nomura continued to showcase an ability to get to the free throw line, connecting on 8-of-10 attempts from the stripe to give her a .828 percentage (24-of-29) through three games.

Now, Northridge sets its sights on San Diego and Northern Colorado. The Toreros enter the week 2-2 after splitting their time at the Maggie Dixon Classic in Chicago, defeating Tennessee State before falling to DePaul. Emily Hatch, Dominique Conners and Sam Child are all averaging in double-figures for USD.

Northern Colorado is 0-3 so far, having lost to New Mexico, Arkansas-Little Rock and Eastern Illinois. Courtney Stoermer and Whitley Cox are averaging in double-figures and Lauren Oosdyke leads the team in rebounding.

Although they won't face the Matadors, Providence makes the trip to California to face Northern Colorado and Pepperdine. The Friars are 3-0 early in the year, with wins against Brown, Saint Joseph's and Hartford. Both Mi-Khida Hankins and Chelsea Marandola average over 17 points-per-game. Pepperdine enters the week with a 2-2 mark, having defeated San Jose State and Northern Arizona and lost to Stanford and Cal Poly.

Scouting San Diego

The Toreros and Matadors meet on Tuesday night for the third-straight season, with USD having won both previous match-ups. San Diego is shooting 48.6 percent from the field, but are allowing opponents to connect at a 44.8 percent rate from 3-point range. The Toreros average 32.2 rebounds per game and are -30 in offensive rebounds through four games. They average 70.8 points per game behind 14.3 from Emily Hatch, who has yet to start this season. She is also posting 4.8 rebounds and is shooting a robust .731 from the field (19-of-26) through four games. Dominique Conners is averaging an even 14 points and already has 14 steals and 17 turnovers this season. Cindy Fisher is in her fifth season as the head coach.

Scouting Northern Colorado

Although they have yet to win this season, Northern Colorado enters this week with several players sure to draw their opponents' attention. Courtney Stoermer is averaging 15.7 points and 7.0 rebounds and Whitley Cox is posting 12 points and five rebounds through three games. Coming off the bench, Lauren Oosdyke is nearly averaging a double-double, entering the week at 9.7 ppg and 8.0 rpg. However, the Bears are shooting just 33.8 percent from the field and 25.5 percent from 3-point range. They average only 8.7 assists per game as a team and have only five blocked shots in three games. The Bears play seven of their first eight games on the road. Jamie White is in her fourth season as the head coach.

Scouting Providence

Off to a quick 3-0 start, the Providence Friars come to the San Fernando Valley for a pair of games at The Matadome. The Friars have already registered victories over Brown, Saint Joseph's and Hofstra by an average of over 20 points a game. Mi-Khida Hankins leads Providence in scoring (17.7 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (3.3 apg) while shooting 59 percent from the field. Chelsea Marandola is also averaging 17 ppg and has connected on 7-of-16 attempts from 3-point range. As a team, Providence has held opponents to a 31.1 percent rate from the field and is averaging 43.7 rebounds per contest. They have allowed their opponents to shoot nearly 20 more free throws (65-46), but they have also forced 54 turnovers, an average of 18 a game. Phil Seymore is in his fifth season as the head coach.

Scouting Pepperdine

Pepperdine enters the week with a 2-2 record, having defeated Northern Arizona and San Jose State while losing to Stanford and Cal Poly. Against the Mustangs, Katie Menton led the Waves with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Lauren Bell added 14 points and four rebounds while Jazmine Jackson had 11 points and three assists. In their win over San Jose State, Miranda Ayim and Jackson led Pepperdine with 15 points and Skye Barnett added 12. Julie Rouseau is in her sixth year as the head coach of the Waves. Pepperdine plays once in The Matadome this week, taking on Providence on Friday, Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. The game will be followed by a Northridge-Northern Colorado contest.

CSUN's Very Own Dr. J

Sophomore Jasmine Erving is now averaging 19.3 points-per-game after scoring a game-high 21 points in CSUN's victory over San Jose State. She shot 8-of-18 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line and added a team-high eight rebounds. Erving also picked up three blocks and two steals and an assist and now leads or is tied for the team lead in points (58), rebounds (18), blocks (5) and steals (5). She is shooting 51.2 percent from the field (22-of-43) and 87.5 percent from the free throw line (14-of-16).

CSUN's Flyin Hawaiian

Freshman Janelle Nomura continues to impress early in her rookie season after finishing with 15 points, eight free throws, three rebounds, two assists and three steals in the victory over the Spartans. Nomura has already attempted 29 free throws this season and leads the team with 15 assists. Nomura is shooting 36.8 percent from the field (7-of-19) and is averaging 30.7 minutes in her first three career games.

Stay Off the Train Tracks

Senior Katrina Thompson continues to be the heart and soul of the Matadors in 2009-10, displaying a multi-talented arsenal that has her averaging 7.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game through three contests. She picked up the first two 3-pointers of her career against New Mexico State and is 11-of-15 from the free throw line for the season.

Conejo Brings More than Lucky Feet to CSUN

Sophomore Bridgette Conejo is averaging 15 ppg in her second season with Northridge. She set a new career high with 26 points and tied a school record with seven 3-pointers in the Matadors' loss to Prairie View A&M. Against the Panthers, Conejo finished 8-of-14 from the field and 7-of-10 from beyond the 3-point line. The seven 3-pointers tied a school Division I record.

First Things First

The Matadors' 62-61 victory at San Jose State was CSUN's first non-conference road win in November in their last 19 opportunities. In fact, the last November victory for the Matadors also came at the expense of the Spartans, a 66-63 decision on Nov. 17, 2005. CSUN is just 4-28 in November games since the start of the 2005-06 season. The Matadors play twice more (11/24 vs. San Diego and 11/27 vs. Northern Colorado) in November during the 2009-10 season.

Sayonara School Records

Just three games into the season, the Matadors have already seen several noteworthy individual performances that have made a mark in the school's record book. Janelle Nomura recorded the third-most free throw completions and attempts when she finished 14-of-17 from the charity stripe against New Mexico State.

Two days later, Bridgette Conejo tied a school record with seven 3-pointer against Prairie View A&M. The sophomore 7-of-10 from the field, tying the previous mark which had been set on three previous occasions. The seven 3-pointers helped Conejo set a new career high with 26 points.