Matadors Fall to Portland, 86-65
PORTLAND, Ore. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-6) lost to the University of Portland (4-2) Sunday afternoon at the Chiles Center. Three Matadors finished in double figures, led by junior Tonicia Tademy, who finished with a season-high 16 points, including two 3-pointers, four steals.
Tademy, a transfer from Mt. San Antonio College, was 6-of-16 from the field and added a team-high five rebounds in the defeat. Junior Whitney Ligon was the team's second-leading scorer, finishing with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Senior Katie Holloway was the team's final double-digit scorer, adding 10 points and five boards for the Matadors.
Freshman Charise Hall played well for Northridge, recording eight points and four blocks in 20 minutes of action. All of the totals represented new season highs for the Valencia, Calif., native. Sophomore Shanice Howard added a career-high seven points, knocking down 7-of-10 free throw attempts.
In the first half, Holloway ran into early foul trouble for Northridge, picking up a quick two in the first 90 seconds of the game. After her departure, the Pilots went on a 15-2 run to extend their lead to 17-4.
Portland took a 50-27 lead into the locker room. Holloway led Northridge with seven points and four rebounds while Tademy had six points. The Matadors made 11-of-15 free throws in the stanza.
In the second half, Northridge employed a full court defense that proved effective against the Pilots. Portland finished the game committing a Northridge opponent season-high 24 turnovers in the game which resulted in 26 points for Northridge. The Matadors also recorded a season-high 11 steals in the game, led by Tademy's four.
Portland won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding Northridge, 54-34. Northridge made a season-high 21 free throws on 33 attempts (63.6 pct.).
The Matadors return home for their lone game next week, as they take on the San Jose State Spartans on Friday, Nov. 30. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. from The Matadome.