NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (12-11, 6-5 Big West) lost 70-63 Saturday afternoon in a Big West Conference match-up at The Walter Pyramid. Ashlee Guay scored a game-high 24 points and Camille Mahlknecht grabbed a career-high 16 rebonds but the 49ers closed the contest on a 24-9 run to seal the victory.
CSUN led 54-46 with 7:37 left to play. From there, Long Beach State took advantage at the free throw line to take the lead for good. The Matadors' defense held Long Beach State to just three field goals over the final seven minutes. It is just that the 49ers took 24 free throws, and made 18, over the final seven minutes of game action.
The game's pivotal play centered on a controversial technical foul call on CSUN senior Violet Alama. With LBSU up one and 1:58 to play, Devin Hudson grabbed an offensive board and was fouled on the play by Alama. The referees then assessed a technical to the senior and the 49ers made three of the four free throws in the sequence to take a stranglehold on the contest.
Guay finished 7-of-17 from the field and added four rebounds, two steals and two assists in 36 minutes of action. Mahlknecht had 16 boards, eight points and three steals before fouling out in 30 minutes of play.
Marta Masoni scored 12 points for CSUN and knocked down two 3-pointers. The freshman from Taranto, Italy, is now just two 3-pointers shy of setting a new school record for a single season. She added two rebounds in 37 minutes.
Alama posted her third-straight double-digit rebounding performance as she grabbed 10 rebounds. She also had nine points before fouling out in 27 minutes of action.
As a team, CSUN shot just 29.3 percent (22-of-75) from the field and just 12.9 percent (4-of-31) from 3-point range. Long Beach finished at 45.7 percent from the field (21-of-46) and 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from downtown.
The Matadors controlled the boards all game and out-rebounded the 49ers 57-39. Hudson led LBSU with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Northridge will look to rebound on Thursday, Feb. 14 when they host Pacific at The Matadome for a 7 p.m. contest. Two days later, CSUN hosts UC Davis as part of the "Play for Kay" initiative to promote breast cancer awareness.