CSUN Smothered by UCSB in 56-37 Defeat

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (10-8, 4-3 Big West) lost 56-37 to UC Santa Barbara at The Matadome in a Big West Conference contest. The Matadors shot just 24.5 percent (13-of-53) from the field in dropping their 12th-straight to the Gauchos and third-straight overall.

Northridge started the game quickly. scoring its first six points on the fastbreak. The Matadors then led 11-6 after a lay-up by Violet Alama with 12:53 left in the first half.

That would be as good as it would get Thursday evening for the Matadors.

After the Alama basket, UCSB closed the half on a 15-6 run to take a 21-17 lead into halftime. In the second half, CSUN cut the lead to as little as four, but then saw the Gauchos go on a prolonged 21-7 run that took over 12 minutes off the clock.

CSUN got no closer than 13 the rest of the way as freshman Bernadette Fong provided a spark off the bench.

Northridge went 7-for-30 in the first half and 6-for-23 in the second half. The 37 points set a new season low and no player scored in double figures, the first time that has happened to Northridge this season.

Ashlee Guay had eight points and six steals. Marta Masoni had seven points, three rebounds and two steals. Fong had six points and three rebounds. Alama had eight rebounds and six points.

Sweets Underwood had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Gauchos. UCSB shot a sizzling 57.7 percent (15-of-26) in the second half and at 46.3 percent (22-of-47) for the game.

Northridge will look to snap this skid with a game against Cal Poly on Saturday. Tip off between the Matadors and Mustangs is slated for 4 p.m. from The Matadome.

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