February 25, 2008

The Week Ahead ...


The Week Ahead ...
The Week Ahead ...
NBA scouts invade The Matadome, and three Matador student-athletes stand out on the court and on the field ... Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, offers his weekly insights on the accomplishments of the teams, coaches, and student-athletes who compete for Cal State Northridge ... The weekly report includes upcoming key games, and a report on what other activities are happening in the Matdor Athletic Department.

Hoops Hysteria ...
Not only was there another near sellout crowd at last Saturday's basketball game between Cal State Northridge and Rider, 18
professional scouts from 12 NBA teams were there to scout Rider's 6-foot-11, 250-pound center Jason Thompson ... The NBA scouts included Mitch Kupchak of the Los Angeles Lakers and Steve Kerr of the Phoenix Suns ... Thompson, a candidate for the prestigous John Wooden Award, offered a workmanlike eleven points and 13 rebounds in 30 minutes of play ... It was a tough assignment to handle the projected high first round NBA selection ... Two Matador players fouled out leaving sophomore walkon Tony Osunsanmi the task of guarding one of the nation's top collegiate centers ... The task was challenging but not intimidating for Osunsanmi ... The likeable sophomore responded with six rebounds in 13 minutes of play despite being seven inches shorter than Thompson, and being outweighed by 60 pounds ... A nationwide television audience on ESPNU witnessed the Matadors tough 73-72 loss to the Broncs ... Even Dennis Farrell, the commissioner of the Big West Conference, a high ranking official from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and Cal State Northridge President Dr. Jolene Koester attended the game which was witnessed by nearly 1,400 fans ... The question was asked several times during the game ... Where is Rider University? ... Rider (4,600 undergraduates) is located in Lawrenceville, NJ, (60 miles south of New York City; 30 miles north of Philadelphia) ... Its most notable graduates include former Notre Dame basketball coach and ESPN analyst Digger Phelps, and Clair Bee ... Who is Clair Bee? ... Bee developed the three-second rule and the shot clock.

Sport Shorts ...
Softball junior Amanda Peek is off to a ferocious start for the Matadors ... The catcher is hitting .476 with seven extra-base hits and nine RBIs ... At last weekend's Houston Marriott Classic, Peek hit .500 for the second-straight weekend, also reaching the mark at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas two weeks ago ... Peek is a two-time All-Big West First Team honoree and was the Big West Conference's Freshman Player of the Year in 2006 ... Junior basketball forward Crystal Hahs has been a menace to opposing players daring to venture into the paint this season ... Hahs has 62 blocks this season, an average of 2.7 per contest ... The average ranks 13th in all of Division I women's basketball ... Hahs has blocked at least five shots in four different times and is the school record holder with 122 in her career.

Go Matadors ...

Athletic Events at Cal State Northridge
Tuesday, February 26

Baseball @ UCLA, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 28
Women's Basketball vs Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m.
Men's Basketball @ Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m. (KVMD)

Friday, February 29
Indoor Track & Field @ MPSF Championships, Seattle, All Day
Softball vs Canadian Olympic Team, Matador Diamond, 1:30 p.m.
Baseball vs LaSalle, Matador Field, 2:00 p.m.
Men's Volleyball @ Long Beach State, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 1
Indoor Track & Field @ MPSF Championships, Seattle, All Day
Tennis vs Furman, Matador Courts, 11:00 a.m.
Water Polo @ USC, 1:00 p.m.
Softball vs St. John's, Doubleheader, Matador Diamond, 12:30 P.M.
Baseball vs LaSalle, Matador Field, 1:00 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs UC Irvine, 7:00 p.m
Men's Volleyball @ UC San Diego, 7:00 p.m.
Men's Basketball @ UC Irvine, 8:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Prime Ticket)

Sunday, March 2
Softball vs St. Mary's, Doubleheader, Matador Diamond, Noon
Baseball vs LaSalle, Matador Field, 1:00 p.m.





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