Spartans Edge Matadors in Thriller, 59-55
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- Despite forcing an opponent season-high 27 turnovers, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-7) lost to San Jose State (1-6), 59-55, Friday night at The Matadome. Junior Whitney Ligon led the Matadors with 16 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line, and freshman Bianca Davies added a season-high 13 points in the defeat.
The Matadors jumped out to an 11-2 lead early in the game behind seven quick points from from Ligon, who was 5-of-13 from the field (38 percent). However, the Spartans responded by outscoring Northridge, 26-12, for the rest of the half and took a 28-23 lead into the locker rooms.
In the second half, the Matadors stormed back, building a five-point lead with 6:50 to play following a pair of free throws from Ligon and a lay-up from sophomore Katrina Thompson. The teams traded scores for the rest of the game with a lay-up by Myosha Barnes with 2:02 put the Spartans ahead for good.
Davies provided a spark off the bench for Northridge, adding three rebounds and a steal to her point total. Junior Tonicia Tademy continued to make her presence known throughout the score sheet, finishing with eight points and led the team with both seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Matadors shot 32.3 percent from the field (21-of-65) compared to the Spartans' 35.6 percent clip (21-of-59). The game featured eight ties and nine lead changes and San Jose won the rebounding battle, 59-37.
Northridge returns to the court on Saturday, Dec. 8, when it heads to Missoula, Mont., to face the University of Montana Lady Grizzlies. The non-conference match-up is slated for a 7:05 p.m. tip-off from the Dahlberg Arena. The game can be heard on gomatadors.com with Sam Farber calling all the action.