CSUN Squanders Halftime Lead in 73-66 Loss at Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (5-7) lost 73-66 to Portland Wednesday night in a non-conference game at the Chiles Center. Despite holding an 11-point halftime lead, the Matadors could not stop the Pilots from claiming the comeback victory.

After leading 42-31 at the half, CSUN watched the Pilots continually cut into the lead. With 3:40 left, the game was tied at 66-66 and it would stay that way for nearly three minutes of game action until ReZina Teclemariam banked in a 3-pointer to give Portland a lead it would not relinquish.

After that, the Matadors had a chance but could not get anything to fall and the Pilots hit their free throws to ice the victory. In all, Portland outscored CSUN 42-24 in the final 20 minutes of action.

Jasmine Erving led the Matadors with 15 points, hitting 7-of-19 from the field and one 3-pointer. She moved into third in school history with 516 career field goals and also moved into fourth in school history with 1,268 points.

Violet Alama came off the bench to add 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 19 minutes of action. Janae Sharpe was the third Matador in double-figures, finishing with 10 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists.

Fellow freshman Ashlee Guay had eight points, three assists and four steals. Jessica Duarte had nine points and two steals off the bench.

As a team, CSUN shot 41.4 percent (24-of-58) for the game, but just 10-of-29 (34.5 percent) in the second half. Portland finished at 42.6 percent (26-of-61) for the game, but hit 13-of-25 (52 percent) in the second half.

Portland held a sizeable advantage on the glass and out-rebounded CSUN 42-29. The Pilots finished with 20 offensive rebounds in the contest. Both teams had 20 turnovers.

Natalie Day led the Pilots with 27 points and 11 rebounds.

Northridge returns to the San Fernando Valley for its next two games. CSUN opens its Big West Conference season on Dec. 29 with a 4 p.m. contest against UC Irvine. On New Year's Eve, the Matadors welcome UC Riverside for another 4 p.m. game. 

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