Dec. 7, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Matadors Host Huskies and Aggies In Search of First Victory
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-9) hosts Washington at The Matadome on Wednesday, Dec. 8 in the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the hardwood. The Matadors nearly pulled out their first win of the season against New Mexico State last week and are a confident squad entering their only home game in the month of December.
In the contest with the Aggies, Northridge was tied at halftime for the first time this season and led with under 90 seconds left in the game. However, the Aggies were able to knock down their free throws in the final moments to escape with the victory. CSUN put forth a balanced scoring attack led by Violet Alama's 12 points.
In the other game of CSUN's roadtrip last weekend, Jasmine Erving recorded her ninth career double-double, finishing with 22 points and 11 rebounds against UTEP. Janelle Nomura added 20 points against the Miners and she is now averaging a career-high 9.9 points on the season.
As a team, CSUN is shooting 36.9 percent from the field and 72.9 percent from the free throw line, the second-best figure in the Big West Conference. The Matadors are averaging 34.1 rebounds and have dished out 116 assists, an average of 12.9 per game. CSUN also has blocked 30 shots through nine games while having been blocked only 13 times.
Washington and Northridge have never played in women's basketball. The Huskies are 3-2 on the year, having picked up wins in two of their last three games. Tia Jackson is in her fourth season as the head coach at Washington and brings a 37-60 record into Wednesday's contest.
CSUN's Own Dr. J
Junior Jasmine Erving posted her ninth career double-double in the Matadors' loss at UTEP, finishing with 22 points and 11 rebounds. She has now scored in double-figures in four of the past six games and the 22 against the Miners represented a new season high. She also had back-to-back double-doubles in the Matadors' games at the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2010, earning all-tournament team honors. Against Wichita State, she came off the bench to score 15 points and tie a career high with 13 rebounds. The next day, she posted a 16-point, 13-rebound performance against Chattanooga. For the season, she ranks second on the team at an average of 11.3 ppg and ranks second on the team and ninth in the Big West at 6.2 rpg. Finally, Erving also checks in at seventh in blocked shots (1.3 bpg).
Roses are Blue, Violets are Matador Red
Sophomore Violet Alama continues to lead the Matadors in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. She finished with a team-high 12 points in the Matadors' loss at New Mexico State. Her scoring average ranks second and the rebounding figure checks in at eighth in the Big West Conference. Alama also ranks seventh in field goal percentage (.464), eighth in blocks (0.9 bpg) and sixth in minutes (31.0 per game). Against Eastern Michigan, Alama had a career-high 32 points and 11 rebounds. The 32 points and 12 field goals against Eastern Michigan are the second-most by an individual in the Big West Conference this season.
CSUN's Flyin Hawaiian
Sophomore Janelle Nomura scored 20 points in the Matadors loss to UTEP, the second time this season she has reached the feat. She knocked down a career-high three 3-pointers agains the Miners and is shooting 41.2 percent (7-of-17) from beyond the arc. Nomura had a career-high 24 points in the Matadors' loss to Chattanooga. In the game against the Lady Mocs, she also had a career-high five field goals and knocked down 13-of-14 free throws. For the season, she is averaging 9.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. She has been especially proficient at the free throw line in 2010-11, having made 44-of-54 attempts (81.5 percent), to rank fifth in the Big West Conference. She earned All-Big West Freshman Team honors a season ago.
Senior Analee Viena-Lota enters the game against Washington averaging 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The rebounding figure ranks 11th among all Big West Conference players and she posted her 25th career double-figure game in the loss to New Mexico State, finishing with 10 points. Viena-Lota recorded her seventh career double-double in the Matadors' game against Oregon State, finishing with 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. The 16 rebounds are the second-most by an individual in the Big West Conference this season. With 441 career rebounds, Viena-Lota is 45 away from cracking the CSUN career Top 10.
Freshman Haley White leads the Matadors in assists, having dished out 29 dimes this season. Her average of 3.2 per game ranks sixth in the Big West Conference and she is also averaging 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds on the season. White has led the Matadors in assists on five occasions this year and has a team-high 13 steals.
Sophomore Amanda Thomson leads the Matadors in 3-pointers through six games, connecting on 9-of-28 (.321) attempts from downtown. She is also averaging a career-high 6.7 points and is shooting .471 (24-of-51) from the field. In the season opener against Pepperdine, Thomson knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers.
Conejo Brings More than Lucky Feet to CSUN
Junior Bridgette Conejo came off the bench to score nine points and grab six rebounds in the Matadors' loss to New Mexico State. She is averaging 4.4 points and 4.1 rebounds and has 14 assists to only seven turnovers on the season. She has 43 career 3-pointers and is averaging 20.0 minutes per game.
Sophomore Felicia Walker turned in a career performance in the Matadors' loss at New Mexico State. Against the Aggies, she recorded a career-high three blocks and two steals in a season-high 13 minutes. She is averaging 2.2 rebounds per game.
Simmons Toast Crunch
Senior Anna Simmons scored a season-high five points, including her first 3-pointer of the year, in the loss to New Mexico State. She also pulled down a season-high four rebounds in 27 minutes against the Aggies.
Turning the Paige
Sophomore Paige McIntyre has knocked down four 3-pointers on the season and is shooting 36.4 percent (4-of-11) from beyond the arc while appearing in all nine games for Northridge. She also has six assists and five steals on the season.
Alvara-DO knows Basketball
Senior Janet Alvarado had three points, scoring her first career field goal and free throw in the Matadors' loss to New Mexico State. She is averaging a rebound and 6.0 minutes per game after joining the Matadors following the completion of her second season on the Cal State Northridge women's volleyball team.
The Huskies enter Wednesday's game on the end of a five-game roadtrip and at 3-2 overall. Washington has won its last two contests, defeating San Jose State, 49-27, and Utah, 58-55. In her only game of the season thus far, Sarah Morton scored 20 points and knocked down 12-of-16 free throws in the victory over the Utes. Kristi Kingma has started all five games and is averaging 17.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest. As a team, Washington is shooting 36.4 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from 3-point range. The Huskies are averaging 36.6 rebounds per game and have scored exactly as many points as their opponents (271-271), an average of 54.2 per game. Washington and Northridge have never played in basketball.