Coyotes and No. 20 Cyclones Await CSUN on Final Out-of-State Roadtrip

Dec. 15, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Northridge Visits South Dakota and Iowa State in Search of First Win

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-10) leaves the sunshine of California for the final time this season, heading to the frosty tundra of South Dakota and Iowa for a pair of non-conference games. The Matadors will face South Dakota on Dec. 18 and then face No. 20 Iowa State on Dec. 20.

Northridge arrives in the wintery heartland of America still in search of its first win of the season. The Matadors dropped a 73-55 decision to Washington in their only game last week. Analee Viena-Lota and Janelle Nomura each had 13 points and Jasmine Erving added 12 in a losing effort.

Over the last five games, Nomura has been lethal from the free throw line, making 43-of-49 attempts (.878). For the season, she ranks third in the Big West Conference in free throw percentage at 81.8 percent (54-of-66). As a team, CSUN ranks second in the Big West Conference with a team free throw percentage of 73.0 percent (143-of-196).

Sophomore Violet Alama leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Erving checks in at 12th in the Big West in scoring (11.4 ppg) and 10th in rebounding (6.1 rpg).

South Dakota is 7-5 on the season after defeating Tabor College 87-43 Monday night. Amber Hegge leads the team in scoring at an average of 15.9 ppg while shooting 51.2 percent from the field. The Coyotes are shooting 41.1 percent from the field and averaging 38.1 rebounds per game.

No. 20 Iowa State is 7-2 on the season, having defeated Columbia 73-27 on Dec. 12. Kelsey Bolte leads the team in scoring at 15.6 ppg while shooting 47.4 percent from 3-point range. Lauren Mansfeld is averaging 10.6 ppg and has a team-high 54 assists. The Cyclones have held opponents to a 31 field goal percentage and 49.3 points per game while shooting 41.6 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from 3-point range.

CSUN's Own Dr. J

Junior Jasmine Erving scored 12 points in the Matadors' loss to Washington, giving her double-figure scoring performances in five of CSUN's last six games. She posted her ninth career double-double in the Matadors' loss at UTEP, finishing with 22 points and 11 rebounds. 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. For the season, she ranks second on the team at an average of 11.4 ppg and ranks second on the team and 10th in the Big West at 6.1 rpg. Finally, Erving also checks in at seventh in the Big West Conference 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 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Her scoring average ranks sixth and the rebounding figure checks in at eighth in the Big West Conference. Alama also ranks sixth in field goal percentage (.460), 10th in free throw percentage (.761) 10th in blocks (0.8 bpg) and sixth in minutes (30.3 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 had a team-high 13 points for the Matadors in their loss to Washington. She finished 10-of-12 from the free throw line against the Huskies and is now shooting 81.8 percent (54-of-66) from the charity stripe for the season. That percentage ranks third in the Big West Conference. For the season, she is averaging a career-high 10.2 points and 1.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

Hawaiian Punch

Senior Analee Viena-Lota scored a season-high 13 points against Washington, raising her season average to 7.5 ppg. She ranks third on the team and 11th in the Big West Conference in rebounding at 5.9 rebounds per game. 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 446 career rebounds, Viena-Lota is 40 away from cracking the CSUN career Top 10.

Haley's Comet

Freshman Haley White leads the Matadors in assists, having dished out 31 dimes this season. Her average of 3.1 per game ranks ninth in the Big West Conference and she is also averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds on the season. White has led the Matadors in assists on five occasions this year and has a team-high 15 steals, which ranks 10th in the league (1.5 spg).

Seattle's Finest

Sophomore Amanda Thomson leads the Matadors in 3-pointers through 10 games, connecting on 9-of-30 (.300) attempts from downtown. She is also averaging a career-high 6.0 points and is shooting .436 (24-of-55) from the field. In the season opener, Thomson knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers.

Conejo Brings Lucky Feet to CSUN

Junior Bridgette Conejo grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in the Matadors' loss to Washington. She is averaging 4.3 points and 4.7 rebounds and has 15 assists to 11 turnovers on the season. She has 43 career 3-pointers and is averaging 21.1 minutes per game.

Felicia Navidad

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 2.0 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 five 3-pointers on the season and is shooting 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from beyond the arc while appearing in all 10 games for Northridge. She also has seven 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 1.5 rebounds and 7.5 minutes per game after joining the Matadors following the completion of her second season on the Cal State Northridge women's volleyball team.

Scouting South Dakota

The Coyotes enter Saturday's game fresh off an 87-43 victory over Tabor College. Five South Dakota players scored in double-figures and the Coyotes shot 47.9 percent from the field in the victory. Amber Hegge is a 6-1 junior forward that who leads the team in scoring at 15.9 ppg. She is also averaging 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. Annie Roche is the other South Dakota player averaging in double-figures, posting 10.1 ppg on 42.7 percent shooting from the field. Alexis Yackley leads USD with 18 3-pointers and is shooting 36 percent from downtown. Jodie Boss already has 43 blocks this season, an average of 3.6 per game. South Dakota edged Northridge, 47-46, last December in the team's only meeting in women's basketball.

Scouting No. 20 Iowa State

The No. 20 Iowa State Cyclones represent CSUN's toughest test this season. At 7-2, Iowa State boasts a fierce defense that is holding opponents to 31 percent shooting from the field and 25.7 percent from 3-point range. The Cyclones are out-scoring opponents by an average of 11.5 and, like CSUN, boast three players averaging over 5.4 rebounds per contest. As a team, Iowa State averages 38.2 rebounds and 12.8 assists per game. They also force opponents into an average of 13 turnovers per contest.