November 19, 2011

Washington Edges Northridge 73-67

SEATTLE, Wash. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-2) lost 73-67 to Washington Saturday afternoon in a non-conference contest at Alaska Airlines Arena. Senior Jasmine Erving led CSUN with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but the Matadors could not hold on to their halftime lead.

Leading by 10 going into the second half, Northridge watched Washington slowly chip away at the lead. The game was tied for large portions, but Washington eventually took charge behind 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range in the second half.

CSUN also turned the ball over 14 times in the second half to eight miscues for Washington. The Huskies also hit 16-of-19 free throw attempts in the second half while Northridge managed a 12-of-16 performance from the charity stripe in the second half.

Erving finished 8-of-18 from the field to post her second double-double of the week and 15th of her career. With 553 career rebounds, Erving moved past former teammate Analee Viena-Lota into sixth in school history.

Freshman Janae Sharpe was the other Matador to finish in double-figures, scoring 12 points to go along with two rebounds, assists and blocks. Fellow rookie Ashlee Guay added a season-high seven steals, four assists, seven points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes of action.

In the first half, CSUN stormed out to an early lead that swelled to as many as 17. Sharpe had 10 while Erving had seven points and five boards at the intermission

Regina Rogers and Mercedes Wetmore each had 17 points for Washington. 

The Matadors shot 44.6 percent (25-of-56) from the field compared to 38.6 percent (22-of-57) for the Huskies. However, Washington made all four of its 3-pointers in the second half while CSUN was 1-5 from downtown for the game.

Northridge won the rebounding battle 36-32 and the teams combined for 48 fouls in the contest. Washington's bench wound up out-scoring CSUN's 17-12, including 11-4 in the second half.

The Matadors return to action with their home opener as part of the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2011. On Friday, Nov. 25 UCLA and West Virginia will open the tournament with a contest at 5 p.m. At approximately 7:30 p.m., Northridge will host Colgate in the second game of the event.

The following day, the two losing teams from the day before will meet in the consolation game at 5 p.m., followed by the championship game at approximately 7:30 p.m.  The two home contests for CSUN are the beginning of a stretch where the Matadors play five of six contests at The Matadome.