Sluggish Start Sinks CSUN at UC Davis, 61-46

DAVIS, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (10-6, 4-1 Big West) lost 61-46 to UC Davis (6-9, 1-3 Big West) Thursday night at The Pavilion. Northridge started the game slowly and could never recover in dropping their first league game of the season.

CSUN got within seven points (30-23) after a 3-pointer by Marta Masoni early in the second half. The Matadors had chances to cut the lead further, but instead watched UC Davis put together an extended run that put the game out of reach.

Turnovers plagued Northridge all night against the Aggies' pressure defense. The Matadors finished with 25 miscues that led to 18 UC Davis points. Conversely, UCD turned the ball over 18 times that resulted in 18 CSUN points.

Offense was also a struggle for CSUN. The Matadors tied a season low with 46 points and shot just 13-of-54 (24.1 percent) from the field. The Big West's top 3-point shooting team, CSUN finished just 1-of-13 (7.7 percent) from beyond the arc.

The first half was very difficult for the Matadors. They scored a season-low 14 points and shot just 5-of-30 (16.7 percent) from the field. Meanwhile, UCD connected on five 3-pointers to take a 28-14 lead into the break.

Individually, Janae Sharpe led the Matadors with 15 points. She added four assists, four rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes. Masoni finished with seven points and three rebounds.

Off the bench, Jasmine Johnson had four points and a season-high eight rebounds. Felicia Walker added five points and four rebounds. Ashlee Guay had five assists and four steals.

Aniya Baker led the Aggies with 15 points off the bench. UC Davis shot 36.1 percent (22-of-61) from the field and 31.8 percent (7-of-22). Northridge out-rebounded UC Davis, 47-38.

CSUN will look to get back on track when it faces Pacific on Saturday. Tip off between the Matadors and Tigers is slated for 4 p.m. from the Alex G. Spanos Center.