NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Ashlee Guay scored 15 points and Camille Mahlknecht added 14 points and five blocks as the Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-1) defeated the South Alabama Jaguars (4-1) 47-40 in the semifinals of the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2012 on Friday afternoon at The Matadome. With the win, the Matadors advance to Saturday's championship game against No. 6 Penn State at 2:30 p.m.
CSUN continued to showcase a stifling defense that has held the opposition to under 30 percent from the field. Friday, the Matadors held the Jaguars to 22.1 percent shooting (15-of-68) from the field and 11.5 percent (3-of-26) from 3-point range.
Northridge shot 37.5 percent (21-of-56) from the field and carried a 24-15 lead into halftime. Guay had seven points and three assists at the break as CSUN held South Alabama without a field goal for the opening 11 minutes of the contest.
In the second half, Northridge built a lead as big as 15 before South Alabma was able to chip away and cut it to five with under five minutes to play. Mahlknecht and Guay then scored on consecutvie possesions to seal the victory for the Matadors.
Guay was 7-of-13 from the field with six assists and five rebounds. Mahlknecht added five rebounds and the five rejections represented a new career best.
Marta Masoni had seven points, four rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes of action. Violet Alama had a game-high nine rebounds to go along with five rebounds while Breeyon Alexander had three points, five rebounds and a steal off the bench.
CSUN now sets its sights on No. 6 Penn State, who defeated Detroit 80-72 in the first contest of the event. The Matadors and Lady Lions will meet for the tournament championship at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at The Matadome. South Alabama and Detroit will play in the consolation game at noon in the first contest of the day.