FRESNO, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (5-4) lost 68-53 to Fresno State (6-2) Saturday afternoon in a nonconference contest at The Save Mart Center. Despite holding a five-point lead midway through the second half, the Matadors could not hold off a Bulldogs' comeback.
CSUN took its largest lead of the game with 17:09 left in the second half. From there, the teams traded baskets until Fresno State finally took the lead for good, 47-46. The Bulldogs then closed the half on a 19-7 run to earn their 15th-straight victory over the Matadors.
Marta Masoni led CSUN with 14 points, knocking down four 3-pointers to go along with three steals. Janae Sharpe added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. Fellow sophomore Camille Mahlknecht posted her second-straight double-double by finishing with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
As a team, Northridge shot 32.8 percent (21-of-64) from the field compared to 36.7 percent (22-of-60) for the Bulldogs. CSUN held a slight edge on the glass, 44-43, and in turnovers, 21-19.
Both teams had 11 second-chance points and Fresno State edged the Matadors, 28-26, on points in the paint. Ki-Ki Moore led the Bulldogs with 17 points, though it took her 17 field goal attempts to reach that figure.
CSUN took a 30-28 lead into halftime after trailing by as many as nine early in the half. Trailing 16-7, the Matadors closed the opening half on a 23-12 run. Four Northridge players had six points at the break.
The Matadors have an extended layoff from competition now. Northridge will return to action with a Dec. 20 contest at nationally ranked UCLA. Tip off between the Matadors and Bruins from Pauley Pavilion is slated for 6 p.m.