Matadors Head to Montana to Battle Lady Grizzlies


Matadors Head to Montana to Battle Lady Grizzlies
This Week's Matador Women's Basketball Release




NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-7) will make an excursion to the Northern plains when it faces the University of Montana (4-3) in a non-conference match-up Saturday at the Dahlberg Arena. The Matadors and Lady Grizzlies are familiar foes, having met 12 times in a series dating back to when Northridge was a member of the Big Sky Conference.

A pair of transfers has been making a lot of noise for the Matadors recently. In just seven games, juniors Tonicia Tademy and Whitney Ligon have already made their imprint on the Northridge program. Ligon is averaging a team-best 15 points over her last five games and is the team's leading scorer at 11.0 ppg. In the Matadors' last game, Ligon led the team with 15 points and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

Tademy has led the team in rebounding over the past three games and is averaging 6.0 boards per contest. The 5-5 point guard is also the team's leading distributor with 23 assists and is averaging 7.7 ppg. Against the University of Portland, Tademy scored a season-high 16 points and recorded four steals, also a season high.

Senior Katie Holloway continues to provide Northridge with excellent post play. The Lake Stevens, Wash., native is averaging 10.8 ppg and is currently ranked seventh in the Big West Conference with a .463 field goal pct. Joining her in the paint is junior Crystal Hahs, who leads the league with 13 blocks, an average of 1.83 per game.

In the Matadors' most recent game, a 59-55 loss to San Jose State, freshman Bianca Davies scored a season-high 13 points for the Matadors off the bench to finish as the team's second-leading scorer behind Ligon's 15. Tademy added eight points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the defeat.

As a team, the Matadors are limiting opponents to a .417 field goal percentage, the fifth-best in the Big West Conference. Northridge has also averaged 14.57 offensive rebounds over its seven games, the fourth-best in the league.

Montana enters Saturday's contest fresh off a 67-63 victory over the University of Portland in Portland. Laura Cote led the Lady Grizzlies with 17 points while Britney Lohman added six points and 10 rebounds.

Mandy Morales is the Lady Grizzlies' top scorer, averaging 19.8 points per game on 49 pct. shooting (36-of-74). She also leads the team with 37 assists (7.4 per game) and is second in rebounding at 5.8 per game. Sonya Rogers is Montana's second-leading scorer averaging, 13.9 ppg and she and Morales have combined to shoot 46 percent (28-of-61) from beyond the 3-point arc.

The Matadors get next week off to hit the books for their finals. Their next game will be a Dec. 19 home match-up against Cal State Bakersfield. Tip-off from The Matadome is slated for 7 p.m. with Sam Farber calling all the action on gomatadors.com.

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