NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The BYU Cougars opened the second half on a 23-5 run and settled for an 82-66 victory over the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-3) Saturday afternoon in a non-conference contest at the Matadome. Cinnamon Lister scored 20 points and drained a career-high five 3-pointers while Ashlee Guay added 16 points, three assists and three steals in the Matadors' home opener.
Trailing 43-37 at half, CSUN made only two of its first 10 shots after the break. That keyed a Cougar run and BYU eventually led by as many as 28. CSUN led early 14-9, but foul trouble put them in a bind in the first half and BYU shot 46.9 percent (30-of-64) from the field in the game.
Lister was 7-of-16 from the field and 5-of-8 from downtown. She had three assists in 35 minutes and is now averaging 17.2 points through the first five contests.
Guay finished 6-of-13 from the field and her three steals moved her career total to 193. Her three assists gives her 272, the seventh-most in school history. She is averaging 16.2 points on the year.
Janae Sharpe scored a season-high nine points and dished out five assists in 35 minutes off the bench.
CSUN committed only 13 turnovers, but BYU finished with 45 points in the paint and had 22 assists on 30 field goals. Northridge shot 30.9 percent (21-of-68) from the field and 39.1 percent (9-of-23) from 3-point range.
The Matadors return to action on Friday, Nov. 29 as part of the Radisson Chatsworth Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2013. CSUN welcomes Hampton University, Utah State and Santa Clara to the San Fernando Valley for a four-game, two-day event at The Matadome.
The Hampton Pirates and Utah State Aggies will start the tournament on Friday, Nov. 29 with a 5 p.m. contest. The CSUN-Santa Clara game will start 30 minutes after that game finishes.
The following day, Saturday, Nov. 30, the two losing teams from Friday will meet in the consolation game at 5 p.m. The two winning teams will battle for the event title 30 minutes after the consolation game ends.