December 11, 2011

Fresno State Clips Northridge 70-61

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (5-5) lost 70-61 to Fresno State Sunday afternoon at The Matadome. Three Matadors finished with 12 points, but Northridge could not hold on to an eight-point halftime lead and dropped a close decision to the visiting Bulldogs.

It was truly a tale of two halves for CSUN. In the first half, Northridge shot 51.7 percent (15-of-29) and held Fresno State to 32.4 percent (11-of-34) from the field. That manifested itself in a 37-29 lead for the Matadors at halftime.

However, the second half was a much different story for both teams. The Bulldogs came out of the locker room quickly, out-scoring the Matadors 21-10 in the first eight minutes of the second half. From there, CSUN would chase the game and eventually cut the lead to 62-58 before Fresno State closed out the contest on free throws. 

In the second half, CSUN shot just 34.6 percent (9-of-26) compared to an even 50 percent (14-of-28) for Fresno State. Both teams had seven turnovers at halftime, but Northridge would commit 13 miscues in the second half compared to just five for Fresno State. 

Camille Mahlknecht, Ashlee Guay and Violet Alama each had 12 points for the Matadors in the defeat. Mahlknecht added seven rebounds and an assist in 24 minutes of action. Guay had five rebounds and three assists while Alama added four rebounds and three assists to her final stat line.

CSUN senior Jasmine Erving led all players with 10 rebounds and had eight points and two blocked shots in the contest.  The Matadors out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 38-35, and held Fresno State to 8-of-26 (30.8 percent) shooting from 3-point range. 

Ki-Ki Moore led four Bulldogs in double-figures with 16 points. 

Northridge has eight days off until its next game, a road contest at the University of Oregon on Dec. 19. On the trip, CSUN will also face the University of Portland on Dec. 21.

The next home game for the Matadors is the Big West opener, a Dec. 29 game against UC Irvine. That contest will start at 4 p.m. as the game is the first of a doubleheader with the CSUN men's basketball team, who also faces UCI.