Janae Sharpe Named Big West Player of the Week

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

After helping lead the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team to victories over Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara, Janae Sharpe has received Big West Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced Monday. Sharpe averaged 17.5 points and shot over 52 percent from the field as the Matadors completed a weekend sweep of its coastal rivals for the first time in its Big West history.

In an 81-76 victory over Cal Poly, Sharpe finished with 17 points to go with five assists and three rebounds. Two days later, Sharpe led CSUN with 18 points and eight rebounds as the Matadors snapped a 14-game losing streak to UC Santa Barbara.She registered just one foul in 70 minutes of action in the two games.

"It is an honor to be recognized. We have a lot of goals we want to accomplish and this just helps serve as motivation to keep working towards them," Sharpe said. "My teammates have done a good job of getting me good looks and I am working hard to get them involved as well. My coaches have helped me work on my shot and are really pushing all of us to achieve all the goals we have set as a team."

The win over Cal Poly was CSUN's fourth straight at home against the Mustangs and the win vs. UCSB was the Matadors' first against the Gauchos since 2007.

For the season, Sharpe is averaging 10.3 points, 4.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. As of Jan. 20, she ranks second in the Big West in assists per game.For her career, Sharpe has more steals (112) than fouls (97).

Sharpe and the Matadors have a pair of Big West home contests this week. On Thursday, Jan. 23, UC Irvine and CSUN meet at 7 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. contest against Long Beach State on Saturday, Jan. 25.

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