July 25, 2013

Matador Women's Hoops Finalizes 2013-14 Roster

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- 

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball program has finalized its 2013-14 roster, head coach Jason Flowers has announced. Aliyah Dickson, Travis Newman, Destini Price and Mikayla Thielges all joined the Matadors for the upcoming season.

Of the quartet, Dickson is the only true freshman arriving at CSUN. A 5-10 forward from Phoenix, Ariz., Dickson prepped at Hamilton High School and averaged over 13 points and seven rebounds per contest for the Huskies in her senior season.

An athletic wing player, Dickson provides the Matadors with speed and athleticism. She has competed at some of the top levels in Arizona high school hoops, having also played at St. Mary's before moving to Hamilton.

"Aliyah is a proven winner who has played and excelled against the best high school and club competition," Flowers said. "She is a strong and explosive athlete who will contribute on both ends of the floor. She fits in perfectly with our pace on offense and defense."

Newman is a junior transfer from Sonoma State. A 5-11 forward from Simi Valley, Calif., she averaged 6.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 51 career games for the Seawolves. Newman attended Chaminade High School and was a three-time all-league selection for the Eagles.

Newman is also an accomplished jazz pianist who has her own YouTube channel.

"Travis is a great student-athlete that will contribute to our program on and off the court in various ways," Flowers added. "She is a skilled, versatile player and a well-rounded young woman. Being a local product, she possesses a tremendous amount of pride for the San Fernando Valley."

Price arrives at Northridge after having spent a season in Oxford at the University of Mississippi. The 6-0 forward from Lancaster, Calif., appeared in only three games for the Rebels due to injury and will have to sit out the 13-14 season due to NCAA Transfer rules. Still, she will be able to fully practice with the team.

Price attended Antelope Valley High School and was a four-star recruit by ESPN HoopGurlz. She averaged 18 points and 6.8 rebounds as a senior and was named to the All-CIF girls basketball Division 3AA First Team.

"Destini is a young woman who we recruited out of high school and we're happy she has decided to finish her college career at CSUN," Flowers said. "She is a very skilled player who can score the ball in a variety of ways and from various positions. She will take this year to help make her teammates better while improving her individual game."

Finally, Thielges makes the transition from softball to basketball at CSUN. A 6-2 senior forward from Las Vegas, Nev., Thielges was a four-year letterwinner and two-time All-Big West selection for her work at catcher for the Matadors. She finished sixth in school history in both career home runs and career RBIs.

She'll be counted upon to provide depth to the front line and previously played basketball at Silverado High School.

"Mikayla comes highly recommended from a coach who I have been trained to listen to," Flowers explained. "She is a very hard working young woman, with great character, who has proven herself as a competitor at this level. We are excited about her transitioning from the softball field to the court and adding depth to our front court."

The foursome joins four other Matador newcomers to the 2013-14 roster: junior Cinnamon Lister and freshmen Emily Cole, Katelin King and Samantha Young. CSUN returns eight letterwinners from last season, including All-Big West Second Team selection Ashlee Guay.

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