December 17, 2007

Matadors Open Four-Game Homestand Against Cal State Bakersfield


Matadors Open Four-Game Homestand Against Cal State Bakersfield
This Week's Matador Women's Basketball Release



NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-8) opens a four-game homestand Wednesday, when it welcomes Cal State Bakersfield (5-6) to The Matadome for a non-conference showdown. The match-up represents the first ever meeting between the Matadors and the Roadrunners.

In addition to the game against Bakersfield, the Matadors will also host Fresno State in a non-conference game on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. From there, Northridge embarks on the 2008 Big West Conference season, opening league play against Cal Poly on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. and also facing perennial rival UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. on Jan. 5.

Junior Whitney Ligon continues to lead Northridge in scoring, having reached double figures in her last contests. The streak includes a season-high 20 points against Portland State and 15 points against San Jose State. For the season, Ligon is averaging a team-best 11.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

In the Matadors' last game, an 87-52 loss at Montana, freshman Bianca Davies made her second start of the season and scored in double-figures for the second-consecutive game. The Oxnard, Calif., native scored 10 against the Lady Griz, as she knocked down 6-of-8 attempts from the free throw line. Davies is now tied with senior Katie Holloway for the most free throws on the team with 18. So far in her freshman campaign, Davies is putting up 5.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Holloway continues to anchor the middle for the Matadors, averaging 10.6 points and a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game. The two-time defending Big West Sixth Woman of the Year, Holloway currently ranks fifth in the Big West Conference in rebounds per game and trails only junior teammate Crystal Hahs (1.75 bpg), in blocks per game with 1.47.

Junior Tonicia Tademy, a transfer from Mt. San Antonio College, has led the Matadors in rebounding in three of their last four contests and currently stands at second on the team with 46 rebounds, an average of 5.8 per game. Tademy also leads Northridge in assists and minutes played, dishing out 25 helpers in 262 minutes of action.

The Roadrunners enter Wednesday's contest with a 5-6 record having lost to Fresno State, 93-50, on Dec. 15 in Fresno. Junior guard Kelly Tarver led Bakersfield with 16 points while sophomore Tiffany Belt added 11 points in the loss. For the season, Tarver is averaging a team-high 17.4 points per game and adding 3.2 rebounds. Junior Krista Arase is second on the team at 13.2 points and 6.2 assists per game.

In all, Bakersfield and Northridge have 10 common opponents on their 2007-08 schedules. So far, the Roadrunners own a 1-2 record against those opponents, having defeated San Diego, 76-66 in its season opener, and lost to Pepperdine, 95-77, on Nov. 16 and Fresno State.

The game between the Matadors and the Roadrunners will tip off at 7 p.m. from the Matadome with Sam Farber detailing all the action on gomatadors.com.

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