December 5, 2012

Team Effort Drives Matadors to 77-33 Victory over San Francisco

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

Four Matadors scored in double figures as the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (5-3) defeated San Francisco (4-4) 77-33 Wednesay afternoon in a nonconference contest at The Matadome. Sophomore Camille Mahlknecht just missed a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 13 rebounds and a school-record eight blocked shots.

Coming off a disappointing loss to San Jose State, the Matadors came out on fire from the opening tip off and never looked back. CSUN made nine of their first 10 3-pointers including six straight to open the game. For the contest, CSUN shot 10-of-20 from downtown and Marta Masoni and Janae Sharpe each had three 3-pointers.

CSUN jumped out to a 24-6 lead just over seven minutes into the contest and carried a 41-19 lead at halftime. In the second half, the Matadors continued to clamp down defensively and held the visiting Dons to just 14 points over the final 20 minutes.

USF shot 19.6 percent from the field (11-of-56) and 1-of-19 (5.3 percent) from 3-point range for the game. Northridge finished 28-of-61 from the field (45.9 percent) and 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from the free throw line.

Mahlknecht tied a career best with the 13 rebounds and the eight rejections set a school Division I record. She finished 6-of-9 from the field and added a career-high three steals. Mahlknecht now has a league-leading 24 blocks on the season.

Masoni led the Matadors with 15 points and added six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Ashlee Guay finished with 13 points, four assists and five steals.

Sharpe was the fourth Matador to reach double figures, scoring 11 points to go with five assists, a steal and three rebounds.

Every Matador who played scored a field goal, including the first of Bernadette Fong's career . She added four rebounds in five minutes of action. Jianni Jackson had nine points and three rebounds off the bench as well.

CSUN won the rebounding battle, 49-42, and had 21 assists on 28 baskets Thursday night. The Matadors scored 25 points of 23 San Francisco turnovers.

Northridge hits the road for its next contest, a road trip to Fresno State. The Matadors and Bulldogs are set for a 2 p.m. tipoff on Saturday, December 8 in Fresno.