Matadors Fall Just Short at Oregon, 79-75

EUGENE, Ore. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (5-6) lost 79-75 to Oregon Monday night at Matthew Knight Arena in a non-conference game. Down by 12 at halftime, the Matadors mounted a spirited rally and cut the lead to one in the final minute before the Ducks hit some free throws to seal the win. 

After a shaky first half that saw Northridge commit 12 turnovers, the Matadors turned the tables on Oregon in the second half and forced 15 Duck turnovers in the second half. The helped CSUN cut into the lead and make things interesting in the final minute of action. 

After Oregon missed a pair of 3-pointers, Randi Friess connected on a put-back to make it a one-point Oregon lead with five seconds left to play. The Matadors then fouled Oregon to set up a 1-and-1 situation. The free throw was no good and Northridge got the rebound, but amidst the chaos, called a timeout when it had none remaining.

The subsequent free throws by Oregon were both good, pushing the lead back to three. CSUN then fouled with two seconds left and after the first went in, the second lipped out and time expired. 

Jasmine Erving led all scorers in the game with 29 points, hitting 13-of-23 shots from the field. She added eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals in the contest. Erving is now one point shy of moving into a tie for fifth in school history in career points. She also surpassed 500 career field goals during the game.

Before fouling out late in the game, Ashlee Guay had 11 points, seven assists and two steals. The seven dimes were a game high and were contrasted to just two turnovers.  Fellow rookie Janae Sharpe had eight points, six assists and four steals in the game. 

Another two rookies featured prominently in the game for the Matadors. Friess finished with five points and matched a season high with six rebounds. Jessica Duarte had six points and also matched a season high with six rebounds. 

For the game, Northridge shot 41.8 percent (28-of-67) and hit 16-of-20 free throws (80 percent). Conversely, Oregon finished at 43.5 percent (30-of-69) for the game and hit 12-of-20 free throws (60 percent). The Ducks out-rebounded the Matadors, 48-37. 

Jasmin Holliday led Oregon with 23 points, two blocks and three steals. 

Northridge returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 21 with a road contest at Portland. Tip off between the Matadors and Pilots is slated for 7 p.m.