Matadors Down UC Irvine 80-59

IRVINE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (14-9, 8-2 Big West) defeated UC Irvine 80-59 in a Big West Conference contest Saturday afternoon at The Bren Events Center. Senior Jasmine Erving led the Matadors with a career-high 36 points as Northridge won its fourth-straight game.

Erving, who grew up in Orange County, was a dominant force inside for Northridge all day. She finished a career-high 16-of-22 (72.7 percent) from the field and added 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the week and 11th of the season. She also dished out a career-high four assists in the contest.

The performance pushed Erving past Denise Sitton for second in school history in career points. She now has 1,428 in her three-plus seasons with the Matadors.

Camille Mahlknecht added 11 points for CSUN and Janae Sharpe was the third Matador to finish in double-figures with 10 points. Mahlknecht added four rebounds, an assist and a season-high three steals in 21 minutes of action. Sharpe had six assists and two steals in 34 minutes.

Rookies Ashlee Guay and Randi Friess also had strong performances for the Matadors. Guay dished out a season-high nine assists in the contest and she now has 71 steals on the year, one shy of tying the school single-season Division I record. Friess knocked down a season-high two 3-pointers in 21 minutes of work.

As a team, Northridge shot a blistering 51.5 percent (34-of-66) from the field, including a 58.6 percent (17-of-29) in the second half. CSUN also finished with 23 assists, nine steals and three blocks in the game.

UCI won the rebounding battle 34-32, but shot 36 percent from the field for the game. Kassandra McCalister led the Anteaters with 27 points. UC Irvine also committed 25 turnovers that the Matadors converted into 28 points.

"We got off to a good start which was great for us but UCI fought back," said CSUN head coach Jason Flowers. "(Kassandra) McCalister had a good first half and brought them back into the game. But our players didn't fold and they kept fighting."

Northridge returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Matadome with Long Beach State. Tip-off between the Matadors and 49ers is slated for 4 p.m.