Northridge Women's Basketball Faces San Diego In 2008-09 Home Opener Wednesday

Nov. 18, 2008


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The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-2) hosts the University of San Diego Wednesday at 7 p.m. in The Matadome in its 2008-09 season home opener. Two games into the season, sophomore Analee Viena-Lota, junior Kayla Rutherford and seniors Ashley Blake and Tonicia Tademy have all made solid contributions to Northridge.

By scoring 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds against Prairie View A&M on Nov. 16, Viena-Lota has set the early standard for her teammates. She is averaging a team-high 12.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and connected on her first two career 3-pointers against the Lady Panthers.

In her rookie season, Viena-Lota posted a career-high 21 points and nine field goals against Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 19 at The Matadome. She also posted consecutive double-doubles against Big West rivals Long Beach State (10 pts,, 12 rebs.) and UC Irvine (10 pts., 13 rebs.).

Rutherford also hit for double figures in the game against PVAMU. She finished the game with 10 points in 14 minutes of action off the bench. She was a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line in game and hit her first 3-pointer as a Matador in the contest. She is averaging 9.0 points per game.

Tademy continues to stuff the stat sheet in a variety of categories for head coach Staci Schulz and CSUN. She is currently second on the team with 6.0 rebounds per game and tied with Blake for third on the team at 8.5 ppg. Last season, Tademy led the Big West Conference by averaging 4.1 assists per game and already has seven dimes in the first two contests for Northridge.

In the season opener, Tademy led Northridge with 15 points and eight rebounds. She also hit seven field goals against the Owls to set a new career high and she continues to lead the team in minutes played, averaging 34.5 per contest.

In her final season at Northridge, Blake is averaging 8.5 ppg and tied a career high with six rebounds against Prairie View A&M. Against Rice, Blake finished with a team-high assists and had zero turnovers. She leads the team with three 3-pointers this season.

Entering Wednesday's contest with a 1-1 record are the Toreros of the University of San Diego. They defeated UC San Diego, 68-51, and lost to UC Santa Barbara, 75-66, in their two games thus far in 2008.

Amber Sprague has been USD's top scorer so far, averaging 26.0 points per game, including a 31-point performance against the Gauchos on Nov. 16. She was the only San Diego player to reach double figures against UCSB. Kiva Herman is second on the team with an average of 8.5 ppg, while Sam Child checks in at third at 6.5 ppg. Sprague is also the team's top rebounder, averaging 6.0 per contest.

USD is shooting 43.2 percent from the field this season, though only 28.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. The Toreros average 36.5 rebounds and 13.5 assists per game, while also averaging 18 turnovers per contest.

San Diego owns a 10-4 record in the all-time series between the two schools. They have won the last two decisions in the series, including a 79-50 victory over the Matadors on Nov. 11, 2007 in San Diego.

Cindy Fisher is the head coach of USD and is now in her fourth seasons. She led USD to a 19-13 record in 2007-08 season and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Northridge has one more game at The Matadome this week, when they host Cal State Bakersfield Saturday at 2 p.m. Updated notes and stats will be available for the Roadrunners-Matadors contest following Wednesday's game with San Diego.

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