January 24, 2014

Matadors Drop 83-73 Decision to UC Irvine

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (7-12, 3-2 Big West) lost 83-73 to UC Irvine Thursday night in a Big West Conference game at The Matadome. Ashlee Guay scored a career-high 32 points on a school-record eight 3-pointers, but foul trouble plagued the Matadors all night.

The Anteaters' physicality prevailed Thursday night as they snapped a five-game losing streak to CSUN. By the end of the contest, UC Irvine finished with 52 rebounds and 40 free throw attempts. Camille Buckley scored 31 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in the victory for UCI.

CSUN led early in the first half, but with the game tied at 29, the Matadors were whistled for a technical foul. That spurred a 9-1 run for UCI to close the half and take a 38-30 advantage at halftime.

The Matadors got within five (40-35) early in the second half, but the Aneaters oustcored Northridge 24-14 over the next eight minutes to build a 64-49 lead with 9:27 to play. CSUN got within five (76-71) with 1:11 left, but UC Irvine made eight of its last 10 free throws.

Guay was 10-of-20 from the field and 8-of-15 from downtown. She had shared the previous school record with two other players when she hit seven 3-pointers in a game against Cal Poly during her freshman season. She added five assists and five rebounds in defeat and needs 10 more assists to set a new program all-time record.

Janae Sharpe finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Northridge. She was 5-of-10 from the field and matched a season high with three 3-pointers. Bernadette Fong was the third Matador in double figures, finishing with 10 points off the bench.

As a team, CSUN shot 39.4 percent (26-of-66) from the field and 36.8 percent from 3-point range on a season-high 14 3-pointers. UCI shot 41.9 percent (26-of-62) from the field and 25 percent (3-of-12) from downtown.

Northridge will look to rebound Saturday when they host Long Beach State. Tip off between the Matadors and 49ers is slated for 4 p.m. from The Matadome.

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