Matadors Post 76-54 Victory at Cal State Fullerton
FULLERTON, Calif. ---
Ashlee Guay scored 26 points to help lead the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (11-13, 7-3 Big West) to a 76-54 victory over Cal State Fullerton Saturday afternoon at Titan Gym. Cinnamon Lister added 16 points, Camille Mahlknecht finished with eight points and 14 rebounds and the Matadors' defense held the Titans to 28.6 percent shooting for the contest.
Northridge clamped down defensively all day in recording its fifth-straight win vs. the Titans. Holding a 42-33 lead at the half, CSUN limited CSUF to 20.7 percent (6-of-29) shooting from the field in the second half. The Matadors extended their defense all the way out to perimeter as well, limiting the Titans to 29.4 percent (5-of-17) from downtown.
Conversely, the Matadors enjoyed a strong shooting night. CSUN finished at a season-high 49.2 percent (29-of-59) from the field for the game and shot a blistering 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from the field in the second half.
Guay enjoyed another strong performance Saturday. She finished 10-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. She added three rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes of action and led the Matadors in scoring for the eighth time this season.
Lister knocked down four 3-pointers and added five rebounds in 33 minutes. With a team-high 60 3-pointers on the year, Lister ranks fourth in school history for a single season and needs seven more to establish a new program record.
Mahlknecht pulled down a season-high 14 boards in the contest and constantly altered the Titans' shots around the basket. Her six rejections matched a season high and was 4-of-9 from the field in 32 minutes.
Janae Sharpe finished with nine points and four assists while Bernadette Fong came off the bench to post eight points and four rebounds. Saturday marked the 10th time this year that Sharpe has led CSUN in assists.
The Matadors return to action Thursday, Feb. 13 with a road contest at Cal Poly. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. from Mott Gym. Two days later, CSUN hosts UC Santa Barbara at 4 p.m. and the game will be part of the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association's "Play 4 Kay Initiative." Named after legendary North Carolina State coach Kay Yow, the "Play 4 Kay" programs helps raise money for breast cancer research and awareness.