February 15, 2013

Tigers Shoot Their Way Past CSUN, 74-56

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (12-12, 6-6 Big West) lost 74-56 Thursday nigh to Pacific in a Big West Conference contest at The Matadome. Violet Alama finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Matadors, but the Tigers shot a blistering 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from 3-point range and 60.9 percent (14-of-23) in the second half to pull away with the victory.

In its final Big West game at The Matadome, Pacific made Thursday a memorable night. Erica McKenzie drained eight 3-pointers to tie a school record and Kendall Rodriguez added five more from downtown. In the second half, The Tigers made 8-of-10 from 3-point range after seven of their nine field goals in the first half came from behind the arc.

The Matadors withstood the barrage for about 30 minutes before the game got away from them. CSUN led 35-34 with 16:50 left in the second half. Pacific responded 24-9 run over the next seven minutes on the clock and the Matadors never got closer than nine points.

Alama set a new season high with her 15 points and tied a season best with 13 rebounds. She has posted double-figures in rebounding in four-straight games and two assists in 30 minutes of action. At over 650 rebounds in her career, Alama is now fifth in school history.

Janae Sharpe added 14 points and a season-high eight rebounds for Northridge. As team, CSUN shot 33.3 percent (20-of-60) from the field.

The Matadors return to the court on Saturday, Feb. 16 with a 2 p.m. contest against UC Davis. The game is part of the WBCA's "Play for Kay" Initiative named after long time North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow. All fans wearing pink will receive free admission to the contest.