SANTA CLARA, Calif. ---
Marta Masoni scored 22 points and Ashlee Guay added 13 as the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-2) defeated Santa Clara 70-67 Thursday evening at The Leave Center. CSUN built a 14-point lead midway through the second half before the Broncos charged back to cut the lead to two before the Matadors ultimately pulled away.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Jianni Jackson gave the Matadors a 14-point lead with about five minutes left in the second half. Santa Clara fought back and cut the lead down to two points late in the contest.
Guay knocked down a crucial 3-pointer to push the lead back to five. From there, Northridge averted missing four-straight free throws with less than a minute to play and secured its first victory on the home floor of the Broncos.
Northridge excelled beyond the 3-point line all night Thursday. The Matadors finished 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) from downtown and Masoni and Guay each drained three 3-pointers.
The proficiency from downtown helped CSUN overcome a 12-of-24 performance from the free throw line. Santa Clara was not much better, finishing 7-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Masoni finished 8-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from downtown. She added two rebounds to her final line in 35 minutes of action.
Guay overcame a tough start to finish with three assists and a season-high five steals to go along with 13 points.
The Matador bench was very good Thursday night, finishing 7-of-12 from the field and 3-of-3 from 3-point range.
Northridge won the battle on the glass, out-rebounding the Broncos 39-32. CSUN had 22 turnovers and Santa Clara had 20 miscues.
Megan Fulps led the Broncos with a game-high 23 points.
Northridge remains on the road this weekend with a game Saturday afternoon at San Jose State. The Matadors and Spartans tip off at 2 p.m. from The Events Center.