CSUN Stumbles in 61-44 Loss at UCSB

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (16-11, 10-4 Big West) lost 61-44 to UC Santa Barbara Thursday night at The Thunderdome. Jasmine Erving led the Matadors with 13 points and six rebounds, but a sluggish start combined with torrid shooting from the Gauchos proved too much.

Having only beaten UCSB once since 1984, CSUN saw its troubles with its coastal rival continue Thursday evening. UCSB jumped out to a 31-21 halftime lead behind 56.5 percent shooting (13-of-23) in the first half. Conversely, the Matadors shot just 33.3 percent in the opening frame.

The second half did not prove much different. UCSB continued to hit nearly everything from the field, shooting 46.2 percent in the frame to finish at an even 51 percent for the game. Again, CSUN shot just 34.6 percent in the second half and finished at an even 34 percent from the field.

Erving was 5-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She added six rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes.

Janae Sharpe added nine points and two rebounds for the Matadors. Jessica Duarte had eight points and three rebounds off the bench.

The Gauchos won the battle on the boards, 33-30, and Emilie Johnson's 15 points led all scorers.

Northridge returns to action Saturday, Feb. 25 with a contest at Cal Poly. Tip off is slated for 4 p.m.

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