CSUN Falls 57-52 to Long Beach State in Big West Quarterfinals

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (17-13) lost 57-52 to Long Beach State Tuesday night in a Big West Tournament Quarterfinal at The Matadome. Jasmine Erving had 13 points and 11 rebounds, her 13th double-double of the season, but the Matadors could not hang on to the lead against several big runs from the 49ers. 

Northridge led 31-20 at halftime after Janae Sharpe banked in a 3-pointer as time expired. CSUN then went on to score the first eight points of the second half in building their largest lead, 39-20, with 17:42 to play.

From there, nothing went Northridge's way. Long Beach State then went on a 13-4 run that CSUN stopped on a three-point play by Erving with 11:30 to go in the contest. LBSU then strung together an 18-0 run to take an 51-43 with 2:18 remaining. CSUN would get no closer than three the rest of the way.

The second half saw CSUN shoot 23.1 percent (6-of-26) from the field compared to 44 percent (11-of-25) for LBSU. The 49ers hit five of their 12 3-point attempts whereas CSUN went for 1-for-8 from downtown in the half. 

Playing in the final home game of her career, Erving had 13 points and 11 rebounds. She added four steals and two blocked shots in 33 minutes. 

Sharpe also finished with 13 points, adding two assists and a steal in 32 minutes of action. Ashlee Guay had six points, six rebounds and three assists. Violet Alama finished with six points and four rebounds. 

Tipesa Moorer led the 49ers and all players with 14 points. 

Although not the way Northridge wanted to see its run in the Big West Tournament end, the Matadors remain in contention for a berth in the WNIT. Selections for the tournament will be announced on Monday, Mar. 12.