NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
Matadors Hit The Road for Contests with Hornets, Bobcats
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team starts its 2013-14 season with a pair of non-conference match-ups at Sacramento State (11/8) and Montana State (11/10). Both teams represent former Big Sky Conference rivals from when the Matadors were members of the league. Live stats and audio will be available at GoMatadors.com and fans are encouraged to check with the CSUN Athletic Department's official Twitter account (@GoMatadors) for in-game updates throughout the weekend.
The Matadors return four starters and eight letterwinners from a year ago while adding eight newcomers to the squad. In its exhibition tune-up for the season, the Matadors defeated Cal State San Marcos 83-41 on Nov. 1 in The Matadome. Newcomers Emily Cole (15 points) and Cinnamon Lister (14 points) led CSUN offensively while the defense held the Cougars without a field goal for the first nine minutes of the contest.
Sacramento State and the Matadors renew acquaintances for the first time since 2001 in the season opener. The Hornets are under the leadership of first-year head coach Bunky Harkleroad. In a 119-71 exhibition victory over UC Santa Cruz, seven Hornets scored in double-figures led by 21 points from Alie Moreno. Sacramento State totaled 111 field goal and 46 3-point attempts in the victory. CSUN has won its last eight contests against the Hornets, including a 75-70 victory in 2001.
Montana State also is coming off a victorious exhibition contest, defeating Montana-Western 81-50. Junior Kalli Durham led the Bobcats with 21 points and seven rebounds while Kayla Dewit finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in the victory. MSU shot 42.3 percent from the field and grabbed 53 rebounds. Tricia Binford is in her ninth season as the head coach at Montana State. Although CSUN leads the all-time series 6-4, Montana State has won the last two contests between the teams.
Next week, CSUN ventures across the country to face Clemson (Nov. 17) and Georgia Southern (Nov. 19). The contests represent a chance for junior Randi Friess, a Savannah native, to play in front of family and friends. Northridge's only contest against an Atlantic Coast Conference school came in a loss to Virginia in 2001.
- The Matadors return 67% of their points, 71% of their rebounds and 83% of their assists from 2012-13.
- CSUN has totaled 669 steals over the past two seasons, an average of 10.6 per game.
- The Matadors' win over UCLA last year represented the program's first ever over a ranked team in its Division I history.
- Prior to win over the Bruins, CSUN had not defeated a member of the Pac-12 Conference since 1996.
- CSUN held San Francisco to 33 points last year to set a new opponent Division I record for fewest points in a game.
- Senior Mikayla Thielges joins the Matadors after spending four seasons with the CSUN softball program.
- Junior Camille Mahlknecht needs 29 blocks to set a new school record for career rejections.
- Junior Ashlee Guay needs 29 steals and 97 assists to set new school records in the categories.