November 17, 2012

CSUN Falls in Slugfest at Arizona 53-46

TUCSON, Ariz. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-1) lost 53-46 to Arizona Saturday afternoon in a non-conference contest at the McKale Center. Ashlee Guay, Randi Friess and Marta Masoni all finished in double-figures, but 25 Matador turnovers ultimately proved too costly in the loss to the Wildcats.

Neither team had a strong game in the ball-handling column. Arizona committed 24 turnovers in the contest.  Additionally, neither team shot the ball especially well. CSUN finished 17-of-53 (32.1 percent) from the field while Arizona finished at 26.2 percent (17-of-65) from the field.

Arizona held a substantial edge on the glass, out-rebounding the Matadors 55-39 for the game. The Wildcats had 21 offensive rebounds in the game compared to seven for CSUN.

Guay led CSUN with 13 points on the day. She had three assists, five rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes of action. Friess scored a career-high 12 points and added five rebounds and two 3-pointers in defeat. Masoni had 10 points, four rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes of action.

Northridge trailed by three at halftime, 27-24. The Matadors had trouble with the full-court pressure defense from the Wildcats and had 18 turnovers at the break. Not that Arizona did much better; the Wildcats had 14 miscues in the opening 20 minutes.

The Matadors were able to build a six-point lead in the second half but Arizona went on a 13-1 run midway through the half that put them ahead for good. CSUN also had its struggles at the free throw line, finishing 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from the charity stripe. Arizona was 14-of-23 (60.9 percent) from the free throw line.

Davellyn White led Arizona with 16 points.

CSUN returns home for their next two games as part of the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament 2013. Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the Matadors welcome nationally ranked Penn State, South Alabama and Detroit to the San Fernando Valley for games on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday Nov. 24.

The first game of the tournament will feature the Lady Lions of the Penn State and the Titans of Detroit. Tip off between the two teams is slated for 2:30 p.m. Northridge will then take on the Jaguars of South Alabama at 5 p.m.

The following day (Nov. 24) the two losing teams from the day before will meet in the consolation game at noon and be followed by the championship contest at 2:30 p.m.

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