Matador Women's Hoops Signs Four to National Letters of Intent

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- 

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball program has signed four young women to National Letters of Intent to begin competition with the Matadors in the 2013-14 season, CSUN head coach Jason Flowers announced. Amber Blockmon, Emily Cole, Katelin King and Samantha Young bring prolific prep careers and outstanding character to the Matadors.

"We are excited to welcome these four outstanding young women into the Northridge family," Flowers said. "All four are exceptional student-athletes who will represent the University and its community with hard work and discipline on the court and in the classroom."

Blockmon is a 6-2 forward from nearby Lynwood High School. In 2011-12, Blockmon helped lead the Knights to a 26-5 overall record and perfect 10-0 mark in league play as the team was CIF Southern Section 2AA Champions. During her junior season, she averaged 7.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game under the tutelage of head coach Ellis Barfield.

"Amber is an explosive athlete who is a good rebounder and a great defender," Flowers said. "She excels in transition and plays with intensity and awareness."

Cole is a 6-0 guard from West Hills High School in Santee, Calif. She averaged 11.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and made 70 3-pointers in her junior season as the Wolf Pack finished 23-8 on the year. Guided by head coach Ryan Kinser, she was named to San Diego's All-CIF Section following the season. Cole was also part of the 2009-10 CIF San Diego Championship squad and she earned San Diego All-Academic honors as well.  

"Emily is a guard with good size who can shoot the basketball very well," Flowers added. "Her size allows her to guard multiple positions and she is a solid rebounder."

King is a 5-10 guard from River City High School in West Sacramento, Calif. In her junior season, the Raiders finished 27-4 and King averaged 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 steals per contest. Led by her head coach and father Jamie, King carried impressive shooting percentages throughout the season and was named the Sierra Valley League Player of the Year. King played AAU basketball for the NorCal Sparks and coach Michelle Massari. She is rated as the 16th best player in the NorCal Preps 2013 Top 40 players.  

"Katelin is a very good basketball player with an advanced understanding of the game for a player her age," Flowers said. "She has proven ability to score in high volume and has a feel for the game that is hard to teach."

Young is a 6-3 center from Boulder Creek High School in Phoenix, Ariz. Led by head coach Josiah McDaniel, the Jaguars finished 23-7 in Young's junior year as she averaged 11.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. ESPN ranks Young the 43rd best post player in the nation while Next Level Sports placed her 96th among all prospects in the class of 2013.  She played her AAU basketball for the Arizona Thunder and head coach Dick Donahue.

"Sam is a versatile post player with a skill set that allows her play inside and on the perimeter," Flowers said. "She will bring a physical presence to our defense and rebounding."

The Matadors graduate three seniors from the 2012-13 roster: Violet Alama, Jianni Jackson and Felicia Walker. Northridge returns to action on the hardwood Friday, Nov. 23 as part of the Radisson Chatsworth Hotel Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 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.