November 10, 2013

Matadors Fall 85-69 at Montana State

BOZEMAN, Montana ---

Despite 25 point from Ashlee Guay, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-2) lost 85-69 to Montana State Sunday afternoon in a non-conference contest at Worthington Arena.  Mikayla Thielges finished with six points and a game-high 13 rebounds while Bernadette Fong added nine points and a career-high 11 rebounds for CSUN in defeat.

In their season opener, the Bobcats started out sharply. Montana State scored the first eight points of the contest and built a lead as big as 18 in the first half. The Bobcats took full advantage of CSUN fouls, connecting on 16 free throws in the opening 20 minutes.

However, CSUN fought back and closed the half on a 14-1 run. Senior Mikayla Thielges had a strong first half for the Matadors, posting six points and eight rebounds. Fellow frontcourt mate Bernadette Fong had seven points and five rebounds. Junior Ashlee Guay added eight points and defensively, CSUN held Montana State without a field goal for the final 4:48 of the first half.

The second half started a lot like the first as MSU scored the first seven points after the break. CSUN did its best to keep things tight, but the Bobcats shot 47.1 percent in the second half. A questionable flagrant foul against Fong midway through the half sealed the deal for Montana State.

Guay finished the contest 11-of-19 from the field and 2-of-4 from 3-point range. She added two assists, two steals and four rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Thielgles was a strong interior presence all day and finished 2-of-3 from the field with two assists and a steal in 33 minutes. Aside from the egregious flagrant, Fong also provided solid minutes inside and was 4-of-9 from the field.

Kalli Durham led Montana State with 21 points. The Matadors out-rebounded the Bobcats 49-36 for the contest, but were just 6-of-23 (26.1 percent) from 3-point range. CSUN also committed 18 turnovers that resulted in 29 Bobcat points.

The Matadors will hit the road again for its next two contests, traveling for games at Clemson (11/17) and Georgia State (11/19). CSUN's home opener is on Nov. 23 against BYU at 4 p.m.