January 26, 2013

CSUN Snaps Skid with Dramatic 80-70 2OT Win over Cal Poly

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (11-8, 5-3 Big West) rallied for an 80-70 double-overtime victory over Cal Poly Saturday afternoon in a Big West Conference contest at The Matadome. Haley White scored a career-high 21 points off the bench and Camille Mahlknecht and Ashlee Guay connected on baskets in the waning seconds of regulation and overtime to extend the game and help CSUN snap a three-game losing streak.

Things looked dire for Northridge as it trailed 58-48 with 3:44 left in regulation. Guay then made a jumper in the paint to ignite a 10-0 run to close out the second half that culminated in Mahlknecht's tying basket with 29 seconds left.

In the first overtime, Cal Poly took a three point lead on a jumper by Jonae Erving with 57 seconds left. However, CSUN was unfettered and Janae Sharpe and Ashlee Guay each responded with lay-ups in the final minute to extend the game to a second overtime.

In that second OT, CSUN got consecutive 3-pointers from Marta Masoniand Sharpe to put the game away. In all, the Matadors outscored the Mustangs 14-4 in the second overtime.

Cal Poly led for most of the game, building a lead as big as 12 with 9:28 left in the second half. The Mustangs led 35-30 at halftime after scoring nearly half of their points (17) off CSUN turnovers.

White was fantastic off the bench for Northridge in the victory. The junior was 8-of-18 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line in establishing a new career best. She added six rebounds, five assists and three steals in 35 minutes of action.

Guay finished with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field. She added six assists, five rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes. Sharpe posted 12 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists in 30 minutes. Mahlknecht had a team-high 10 rebounds to go with nine points and four blocks.

In all, CSUN shot an even 40 percent (32-of-80) from the field compared to 42.9 percent (27-of-63) for Cal Poly. The Matadors won the rebounding battle 50-42 and 16 second-chance points to eight for the Mustangs. Both teams finished with 40 points in the paint.

Molly Schlemer led the Mustangs with 21 points and 13 rebounds. CSUN did a good job keeping CP's Ariana Elegado off the scoreboard as the Mustangs' leading scorer totaled just four points in 42 minutes.

Northridge hits the road for its next contest, a non-conference match-up with CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Tip off from Bakersfield between the Matadors and Roadrunners is slated for 7 p.m.

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