March 12, 2009
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (8-23) lost 74-65 to Cal Poly Thursday afternoon in the Big West Tournament Quarterfinals at the Anaheim Convention Center. Whitney Ligon led four Matadors in double-figures, scoring 16 points and hitting all seven of her free throws.
Trailing by seven at halftime and by as many as 18 in the second half, Northridge continued to battle the Mustangs until the final moments. The Matadors cut the lead to six with less than two minutes before the Mustangs pulled away.
In the final game of her Northridge career, Ligon hit three 3-pointers to finish her season with 39 and her career with 84, the seventh-most in school history. She averaged a team-high 11.1 points for the season.
Ashley Blake added 12 points in her final game with CSUN, hitting a pair of 3-pointers. She also had two rebounds and two assists against Cal Poly Thursday. Blakde wraps up her career with 100 career 3-pointers, the fifth-most in school history. Her 57 3-pointers this season tied for the third-most in school history as well. She averaged a career-high 8.7 points this year.
A pair of freshmen, Bridgette Conejo and Jasmine Erving, scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench for CSUN. Conejo added four rebounds and a steal while Erving pulled down six rebounds, four of which were offensive boards.
Senior Tonicia Tademy added six more assists to her school-record total for the season, finishing the season with 204 dimes on the year. The average of 6.6 ranked in the nation's top 10 throughout the season. She also had four points, four steals and five rebounds Thursday. Tademy also set a school record this year for minutes played, appearing in 1,123, an average of 36.2 per game.
Cal Poly advances to the Big West Semifinals to face second-seeded UC Riverside. Kristina Santiago led the Mustangs with 16 points.
The loss concludes one of the nation's best turnarounds for a women's abasketball team. With seven more wins than last season, CSUN will rank among then top 25 in the nation for best turnarounds.