NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
Matadors Face Undefeated Cougars Seeking first Win in Series
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-2) hosts Brigham Young University in its 2013-14 home opener Saturday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. in The Matadome. The Matadors and Cougars will meet for the fourth time in the all-time series and CSUN will be seeking its first win over perennially potent BYU.
Last week, CSUN registered its first two wins in the Eastern Time Zone in 18 years. In a 69-53 victory at Clemson, the Matadors led wire-to-wire and Cinnamon Lister registered a career-high 24 points, nine field goals and four 3-pointers. Two days later, the Matadors stormed back from a sluggish first half to defeat Georgia Southern 70-58. Lister once again led the team with 19 points and Mikayla Thielges pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds in the contest.
This week, CSUN hosts BYU in its first home contest since an exhibition victory over Cal State San Marcos on Nov. 1. The Cougars are 3-0 on the year, having earned victories over South Dakota State, UNLV and Boston College. The win over the Golden Eagles came in overtime as Jennifer Hamson finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks.
For the season, Hamson is averaging 18 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocks through the first three contests. Kim Beeston has hit 12 3-pointers and is averaging 13.7 points per game while Morgan Bailey is averaging a double-double (11.3 points, 10.0 rebounds). The Cougars have qualified for the postseason each of the past four seasons, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2012. Last year, BYU advanced to at least the third round of the WNIT for the third time in the past four seasons.
Following the contest with BYU, CSUN gears up to host the Radisson Chatsworth Hotel Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2013 on Nov. 29-30 at The Matadome. The tournament features four teams (CSUN, Hampton, Utah State and Santa Clara) and the first day's contests pit the Pirates vs. the Aggies at 5 p.m., followed by the Matadors and Broncos 30 minutes after the completion of the first game. The two winning teams will play for the championship on Nov. 30 following the consolation contest at 5 p.m.
- The Matadors set a new program record by grabbing 62 rebounds in the season opener at Sacramento State.
- Mikayla Thielges grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds in the Matadors' victory at Georgia Southern.
- Cinnamon Lister scored a career-high 24 rebounds in the Matadors' victory at Clemson.
- Ashlee Guay finished with a game-high 25 points and a career-high 11 field goals in the game at Montana State.
- In the game at Montana State, Bernadette Fong grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and tied a career high with nine points.
- The wins at Clemson and Georgia Southern were CSUN's first in the Eastern Time Zone since 1995.
- The Matador bench has scored 20+ points in three of their contests this year.
- The Matadors' win over UCLA last year represented the program's first ever over a ranked team in its Division I history.