Jasmine Erving Named Big West Player of the Week

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- Senior Jasmine Erving of the Cal State Northridge women's basketball program was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Erving was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2011 after helping to lead the team to victories over Colgate and West Virginia.

A center from Santa Ana, Calif., Erving led the Matadors with 18 points and 11 rebounds in their victory over Colgate on Nov. 25. The next day, she pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds and added 10 points as the Matadors defeated West Virginia for the tournament title. The double-doubles were third and fourth of the year and give her 17 for her career.

"It feels great to receive this award and I want to thank my teammates and coaches for all their hard work," Erving said. "We had been preparing for a while for this tournament and I think we showed we were ready, especially in beating West Virginia." 

For the season, Erving leads the team and ranks second in the conference with an average of 15.2 points per game. She is also averaging 10.7 rebounds through CSUN's first six games, also the second-best figure in the Big West. She also ranks among the league leaders in steals and blocked shots. 

At 4-2, the Matadors are off to their best start since the 1998-99 season. Northridge has already recorded several notable firsts this year including the program's first-ever win over a BIG EAST opponent (West Virginia), its first win ever over San Francisco and its first win over LMU since 1997.

All that is not lost on Northridge head coach Jason Flowers, who credits his senior captain for a lot of factors in the team's early play. 

"Jasmine has been our leader all season and she continued to show that this weekend," Flowers said. "She was a major factor in us winning these two games and her improvement on defense has made a tremendous presence on both ends of the floor." 

This is third time in Erving's career that she has received the conference's weekly honor. Erving was also named the College Sports Madness Big West Player of the Week on Monday for her performances in the tournament. 

CSUN returns to action this week with a home game against Santa Clara on Dec. 1. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. from The Matadome and fans bringing a canned food donation will receive free admission to the contest. 

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