November 25, 2011

Northridge Advances to Championship with 71-60 Win over Colgate

NORTHRIDGE, CALIF. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (3-2) defeated Colgate 71-60 Friday evening at the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic. Senior Jasmine Erving led four Matadors in double-figures with 18 points as Northridge advanced to the tournament's championship game against West Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Erving was a dominant figure in the post all game for the Matadors, posting her third double-double of the season by adding a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with her 18 points. She also had three steals and a blocked shot in 26 minutes of action.

Guards Janae Sharpe and Kaitlyn Petersen each had 13 points in the victory for CSUN. Sharpe added a season-high nine rebounds, two assists and three steals to her final stat line. Petersen knocked down a 3-pointer, had three assists and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in just 19 minutes of action.

Freshman Ashlee Guay was the fourth Matador to score in double-figures, finishing the contest with 10 points. She also had nine rebounds and added three steals in 36 minutes of work.

The Matadors built a large first-half lead that held up despite a Colgate rally in the final 20 minutes. Although CSUN won by 11, the Raiders had a higher shooting percentage from the field and out-scored CSUN by 10 in the second half.

CSUN led at the break 44-23 behind 14 points from Erving. However, in the second half, CSUN shot just 17.4 percent (4-of-23) from the field. That mark lowered their percentage for the game to 31.1 percent (19-of-61).

Conversely, Colgate shot just 25.9 percent (7-of-27) in the first half, but 40 percent (12-of-30) in the second to finish at 33.3 percent (19-of-57) for the game. The Raiders knocked down 6-of-12 3-point attempts in the second half as well.

The Matadors used superior size on the interior to finish with a rebounding advantage of 54-35 for the game. CSUN also was 30-of-37 (81.1 percent) from the free throw line for the game.

Jhazmine Lynch led the Raiders with a game-high 22 points.

Northridge now advances to the championship game of its home tournament for the first time in three years. In the finale, CSUN will take on West Virginia, who defeated No. 25 UCLA in the opening contest.

The Bruins and Raiders will start the festivities with a 5 p.m. contest on Saturday, Nov. 26. That will be followed by the first-ever meeting between the Matadors and Mountaineers. Tip off is slated for the championship game is slated for approximately 7:30 p.m.

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