February 11, 2012

Matadors Fall 75-72 in Double Overtime to Long Beach State

By Monique Muniz, CSUN Media Relations Intern 

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team  (14-10, 8-3 Big West) lost to Long Beach State 75-72 in double overtime Saturday evening at the Matadome. Senior Jasmine Erving led the Matadors with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but the team ultimately fell short in two extra periods.

After Long Beach connected on a lay-up at the end of regulation, the 49ers carried that momentum over into the extra periods. The Matadors trailed by five in the first overtime, but came back as freshmen Camille Mahlknecht and Erving scored for Northridge and sent the game into a double overtime.

In the second overtime, the 49ers came out on a 6-0 run until Erving scored a basket at 2:35. The Matadors had one late push when junior Violet Alama scored a layup and was fouled to cut the game to three with nine seconds left.  After a foul and missed free throw, Janae Sharpe grabbed the rebound but could not get a shot off before the buzzer.

In the first half the Matadors were down as much as 10, but fought back with Sharpe's 3-pointer and two free throws at the end to bring CSUN within one at 32-31. Sharpe had 11 of her 17 points in the first half. The Matadors shot 64.3 percent from the field  (9-of-14) in the first half, but 13 turnovers hurt their efforts.

In the second half, there were seven lead changes. CSUN led as many as four with two minutes left, but the 49ers came back to tie the game with a layup with one second left in regulation sending the game into its first overtime. 

Erving collected her 137th block of her career in the second half to become the Matadors' all-time leader in the category. She also played a career-high 43 minutes in the contest.  

Mahlknecht added nine of her 11 points in the first half and had a team-high three blocks. Freshman Ashlee Guay had a team-high five assist and added nine points and two steals.  Alama came off the bench to finish with six points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

Tipesa Moorer led LBSU with 19 points.

"You have to give the 49er players credit. They hit some big shots in both overtimes," Coach Jason Flowers said "A game like this, a team learns from and we had to learn the hard way. We lost one, it's not the end of the season and we just have to come out Monday and get better."

CSUN returns to action next week with a pair of home games. On Thursday, Feb. 16, Pacific comes calling to The Matadome for a 7 p.m. contest. Two days later, Northridge hosts UC Davis in a 2 p.m. matinee.

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