Sharp Shooting Aggies Take Down CSUN
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (10-13, 6-3 Big West) lost 82-74 to UC Davis Thursday evening in a Big West Conference contest at The Matadome. Ashlee Guay dished out seven assists to set a new program all-time record, but the Aggies shot 60 percent (24-of-40) from the field to snap the Matadors' three-game winning streak.
There was not much UC Davis missed Thursday evening. The Aggies shot 70 percent in the first half and 50 percent in the second while also finishing at 89.3 percent (25-of-28) from the free throw line. Their seven-point lead at halftime swelled to as many as 14 early in the second half.
Despite the barrage, CSUN still found itself with a chance late in the contest. Trailing 59-46 with 8:05 left, the Matadors went on a 11-0 run to pull within 59-57 with 4:09 to play. The teams traded baskets before Sydnee Fipps hit one of her three 3-pointers with 1:46 left to give UCD a five-point lead. The Aggies hit their free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Guay recorded her program-record 341st career assist midway through the second half on a basket from Camille Mahlknecht. In her third season with the Matadors, Guay has already set the program steals and assist record, reached 1,000 career points and set a program record with eight 3-pointers in a contest.
In addition to the assists, Guay finished with 15 points, four rebounds and three 3-pointers. She is averaging a team-high 15.4 points per game on the year.
Mahlknecht came off the bench to post her sixth career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She also had two blocks and has moved into 10th in program history with 522 career rebounds.
Randi Friess tied a season high with her 11 points and matched her career best with three 3-pointers. She added five rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes.
Cinnamon Lister led the Matadors with 18 points, knocking down four 3-pointers to go with five assists. She has a team-high 56 3-pointers on the season, one short of fourth for a single year.
Fipps led the Aggies with 21 points. Four other Aggies finished in double figures and UCD held a 34-27 advantage on the glass. CSUN forced 20 turnovers it converted into 22 points and the Matadors had 18 second-chance points.
CSUN will look to get back on track Saturday with a road game at Cal State Fullerton. Tip off is slated for 6 p.m. from Titan Gym.