Matadors Down Dons 67-59 in Season Opener

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-0) defeated San Francisco 67-59 Friday afternoon at War Memorial Coliseum in both team's season opener. After a sluggish first half in which they trailed by as many as 11, the Matadors erased a seven point halftime deficit and won their first season opener since the 2004-05 season. 

Trailing 31-24 at halftime, CSUN amped up the defensive pressure in the second half. The Matadors held the Dons to 28.2 percent shooting (11-of-39) and won the rebounding battle 28-27 in the second half.

Freshman Ashlee Guay was a terror all day in her career debut. Originally from San Diego, Calif., Guay finished with a team-high 17 points and added eight rebounds and five steals. 

Another freshman, Janae Sharpe, added 14 points off the bench for CSUN. Sharpe also had four rebounds and three steals in her CSUN debut. 

Junior Violet Alama posted her sixth career double-double, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Sophomore Kaitlyn Petersen was the fourth Matador to reach double figures, scoring 10 points. She added two steals and three rebounds in 38 minutes of action.

Senior Jasmine Erving had a tough day offensively and finished with just four points, but she had 11 rebounds and a career-high seven steals in the game. The 11 boards represent Erving's 14th carer double-figure rebounding game. 

For the game, CSUN shot 34.9 percent (22-of-63) from the field and hit 22-of-28 (78.6 percent) free throw attempts. Conversely, San Francisco shot 28.6 percent (20-of-70) from the field and 11-of-22 (50 percent) from the free throw line. 

USF won the rebounding battle 52-48 and forced 23 CSUN turnovers. The Matadors forced 27 USF turnovers, including 17 in the second half. The Matadors finished the game with 20 steals. 

Katy Keating led the Dons with 18 points. 

The win was Northridge's first ever over San Francisco and also represented CSUN head coach Jason Flowers' first career non-conference win. 

CSUN returns to action on Monday, Nov. 14 with a road contest at LMU. Tip off between the Matadors and Lions is slated for 7 p.m.