December 29, 2012

Matadors Fall 79-57 to No. 17 Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (6-5) lost to No. 17 Oklahoma, 79-57, Saturday afternoon in a nonconference contest at the Lloyd Noble Center. Janae Sharpe and Jianni Jackson each had 12 points, but the Matadors could not overcome a poor shooting effort from the field in falling to the Sooners.

Matching the frigid weather that greeted the Matadors upon their arrival in Oklahoma, CSUN was cold from the floor for the majority of Saturday's contest. As a team, the Matadors shot 21-of-75 from the field (28 percent) and 3-of-18 (17 percent) from 3-point range.

OU jumped out to an early 11-point lead in the first half, but CSUN battled back to cut it to two at 16-14. That would be as close as the Matadors would get in the contest.

Sharpe was 3-of-8 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line to finish with 12 points. She added three rebounds, two assists and four steals to her final line.

Jackson came off the bench to finish with a season-high 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field. She added a team-high seven rebounds and a steal and a block in 24 minutes of action.

Violet Alama added nine points and six rebounds off the bench for CSUN.

Aaryn Ellenberg led the Sooners with 24 points, including five 3-pointers.As a squad, Oklahoma shot 43 percent (29-of-67) from the field.

The Matadors return to action on Jan. 3 as they open Big West Conference play with a 7 p.m. contest at UC Riverside. Two days later (Jan. 5), CSUN travels to Cal State Fullerton for a 3 p.m. affair.

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