Matadors Remain on the Road for Contests at Oregon State, Washington
CSUN at Oregon State
Nov. 17, 2011 7 p.m. PT
CSUN at Washington
Nov. 19, 2011 2 p.m. PT
Matadors Face Pac 12's Beavers and Huskies on the Road
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-0) heads to the Pacific Northwest this weekend to face two foes out of the Pac 12 Conference. On Thursday, Nov. 17, the Matadors meet Oregon State in Gill Coliseum for a 7 p.m. contest. Two days later, CSUN will head to Seattle to face Washington at the Alaska Airlines Arena. Both games will feature live stats and live audio on GoMatadors.com. For the Nov. 17 contest with Oregon State, a free video feed will also be available. A link for that video feed can be also be found on GoMatadors.com.
Last week the Matadors jumped out to just their second 2-0 season start in the program's Division-I history. In the season opener at San Francisco, the Matadors overcame a seven point deficit at halftime to earn the school's first victory ever over the Dons. In the game, freshman guard Ashlee Guay led the Matadors with 17 points, eight rebounds and five steals.
Three days later, the Matadors took out another West Coast Conference opponent, defeating LMU 79-62 for their first win over the Lions in 14 years. Senior Jasmine Erving recorded her 14th career double-double by finishing with a team-high 28 points and 14 rebounds. Janae Sharpe, Violet Alama and Kaitlyn Petersen all scored in double figures as the Matadors produced 15 assists to just nine turnovers.
This week, CSUN again faces two teams from the same conference, Oregon State and Washington. The Beavers are off to a quick 2-0 start after two home wins and Washington will be looking to avenge a one point home loss to fellow Big West member UC Davis on opening day.
Next week, the Matadors host the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2011 at The Matadome on Nov. 25 and 26. West Virginia, Colgate and UCLA will all participate in the two-day tournament.
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Senior Jasmine Erving picked up right where she left off last season, helping the Matadors to a pair of victories in their opening weekend. In the season-opener at San Francisco, Erving overcame a difficult shooting night to finish with a team-high 11 rebounds and a career-high seven steals. Three days later, she poured in a game-high 28 points and 14 rebounds in the Matadors' victory at LMU. During the game with the Lions, she surpassed 1,100 career points and also moved into fifth in school history with 447 career field goals. Erving stands just nine rebounds shy of moving into sixth in school history and she was named to the All-Big West Preseason Team.
Roses are Blue, Violets are Matador Red
Junior Violet Alama produced her sixth career double-double in the Matadors' victory at San Francisco, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Then in CSUN's win at LMU, she added 14 points, including two 3-pointers, and eight rebounds. Through the two games, Alama is shooting a team-high 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field. Last season, she averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and shot 79 percent from the free throw line.
A Guay with Words
Freshman Ashlee Guay wasted little time making an impact for the Matadors. In the season-opening victory over San Francisco, Guay scored a team-high 17 points and added eight rebounds and five steals. Against LMU, she added eight points and five assists. Through two games, Guay is 9-of-10 from the free throw line and has seven steals.
Freshman Janae Sharpe was a big part of the Matadors' two victories during their opening weekend. In the season opener at San Francisco, she came off the bench to score 14 points and add four rebounds. Three days later, Sharpe had 11 points, eight assists and five steals as the Matadors won at LMU for the first time since the 1990 season. For the year, Sharpe is 13-of-17 (.765) from the free throw line and is tied for the team lead with eight steals.
Petersen Provides Productive Performances
Sophomore Kaitlyn Petersen scored in double-figures in both Matador victories last week. A transfer from Gonzaga, Petersen scored 10 points and had three rebounds and two steals in the season-opening victory at San Francisco. Against LMU, she added 11 points, including three 3-pointers, to go along with three rebounds and a steal. For the season, Petersen has hit a team-high four 3-pointers.
For the third-straight year, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball program will be hosting a four-team tournament around the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. This year, CSUN and the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn have partnered to bring out a group of tough and talented teams to the San Fernando Valley on Nov. 25 and 26. Competing this year will be West Virginia, UCLA, Colgate and Northridge. The Lady Mountaineers and Bruins will open the festivities with a 5 p.m. contest on Nov. 25, followed by a match-up between Colgate and Northridge at approximately 7:30 p.m. The following day, the two losing teams from the previous day will meet in the consolation game at 5 p.m., with the championship game following 30 minutes later.
Already a Season of Firsts
Northridge has already accomplished several notable feats through the first two games of the 2011-12 season. The Matadors' victory over San Francisco on Nov. 11 was the program's first ever against the Dons and head coach Jason Flowers' first career non-conference win. The win also marked the first time Northridge won a season opener since teh 2004-05 season. CSUN's win against LMU was the program's first since 1997 and the first win at LMU since the 1990 season. Finally, Northridge has started 2-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 season.
The Matadors were picked to finish seventh by the members of the media in the Big West Conference Preseason Poll, earning 73 points. Senior Jasmine Erving was named to the All-Big West Preseason Team, becoming the first Northridge player to earn the distinction under head coach Jason Flowers. Cal Poly was picked to win the league with 11 first-place votes and 200 total points. Erving and freshman Janae Sharpe also received recognition on the College Sports Madness All-Big West Preseason Team, with Erving earning First Team honors and Sharpe being named Freshman of the Year.
The Matadors have a formidable schedule in front of them for the 2011-12 season. Northridge has four teams on its ledger who qualified for the 2011 NCAA Tournament (UCLA, West Virginia, Fresno State and UC Davis). In addition to those squads, CSUN will face four teams that participated in the 2011 WNIT (UC Riverside, Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine) and one team that competed in the WBI Classic (CSU Bakersfield). The team opens with its first four games on the road and then plays five of its next six at home, which includes hosting the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2011 on Nov. 25 and 26.
Scouting Oregon State
The Beavers of Oregon State enter Thursday night's game at 2-0 on the year with wins over Division-II Western Oregon and Big Sky member Montana State. Earlysia Marchbanks is averaging 18 points and 6.5 rebounds and Ali Gibson checks in at 16.5 points and 4.0 rebounds through the first two games. Scott Rueck is in his second season as the head coach of the Beavers. Last year, Oregon State defeated CSUN 49-32 at the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu. The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 1-1.
Washington and CSUN will meet for the second time ever on Saturday, Nov. 19. Last season, the Huskies took a 73-55 victory at The Matadome. This year, Washington enters a Nov. 16 date with Seattle 0-1 after a one-point loss to UC Davis in its season opener on Nov. 11. In the loss to the Aggies, Regina Rogers had 21 points and 11 rebounds while Mercedes Wetmore, Jazmine Davis and Kellie McCann-Smith all finished in double-figures. Kevin McGuff is in his first season as the head coach of the Huskies after spending nine seasons at Xavier.