NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team defeated The Master's College 83-45 in an exhibition contest Friday evening at The Matadome. Five Matadors scored in double figures, including 13 points from both Haley White and Jianni Jackson, and Northridge held the Mustangs to 22 percent shooting from the field.
In their first appearance after being named the Big West Conference's preseason favorite, the Matadors found themselves in a close game early. In fact, the Mustangs jumped out to 16-12 lead seven minutes into the contest.
From that point, CSUN asserted its will on the NAIA opponent and closed the half on a 37-10 run to take a 49-26 lead into halftime. Camille Mahlknecht had 10 points and eight rebounds at the break and had a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) for the game.
In the second half, CSUN continued to pull away behind its defense. Northridge held The Master's College to 21.4 percent shooting in the second half (6-of-28) and carried a 27-22 edge on the glass.
For the game, CSUN shot 44.8 percent (30-of-67) from the field and 45 percent (9-of-20) from 3-point range. Northridge finished the game with 20 steals, nine blocks and 23 turnovers. The Master's finished with 13 steals, one block and 28 turnovers.
Individually, Jackson and White had solid games off the bench for Northridge. Jackson added nine rebounds, two assists and a steal in 19 minutes. White finished with six rebounds, five assists and four steals in 24 minutes.
Freshman Marta Masoni scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers, in her unofficial CSUN debut. Fellow rookie Jasmine Johnson was the fifth Northridge player to finish in double-figures, scoring 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench.
CSUN officially opens the 2012-13 season on Friday. Nov. 9 with a home game against the University of Portland. Tip off between the Matadors and Pilots is set for 5 p.m.
The game is part of a CSUN basketball doubleheader in which the men's program will then take on Pepperdine at 7:30 p.m. A separate ticket is required for both contests.