Matadors Drop 65-53 Decision to Hawai'i

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (11-10, 5-4 Big West Conference) lost 65-53 to Hawai'i in a Big West contest Saturday afternoon at The Matadome. Ashlee Guay scored a game-high 22 points, but the Matadors shot just 6-of-28 (21.4 percent) from the field in the second half as they dropped their fifth game in their last six.

Trailing by one at halftime, CSUN and the Rainbow Wahine battled back and forth in the early moments of the second half. Northridge took a 43-40 lead on a 3-pointer by Guay with 14:55 left in the contest. It would be the Matadors' final lead and final 3-point basket of the game.

From there, Hawai'i ripped off a 15-2 run over the next five minutes of game time to pull away with the victory. CSUN got no closer than seven the rest of the way.

For the game, the Matadors shot 19-of-63 (30.2 percent) from the field and 4-of-24 (16.7 percent) from 3-point range. UH shot 18-of-47 (38.3 percent) from the field and 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) from 3-point range.

The Matadors edged the Rainbow Wahine 42-39 on the glass and CSUN grabbed 21 offensive rebounds.

Kamilah Martin led the Rainbow Wahine with 20 points and 11 rebounds. After trailing 9-0 to start the game, Hawai'i closed the first half on an 8-2 run to take a 34-33 lead at the half.

Guay was the only Matador to finish above seven points. She had nine field goals, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

Violet Alama grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds to go with five points. Haley White came off the bench to score seven points and dish out three assists.

The Matadors hit the road for their next two games. On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Matadors face UC Irvine. Two days later, CSUN squares off with Long Beach State at The Walter Pyramid.

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