Second-half Surge Lifts Washington State past CSUN

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

A 16-2 run to start the second half sent Washington State to a 68-59 victory over the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-6) Wednesday night in a non-conference contest at Beasley Coliseum. Cinnamon Lister led the Matadors with 21 points and Ashlee Guay added 15, but the slow start after halftime sealed CSUN's fate.

Northridge had a 12-point advantage with three minutes left in the first half and took a 30-24 lead into halftime. However, that would all be erased early in the second half. Washington State opened the second half on a 16-2 run and hit six of their first 11 shots after the break, including four 3-pointers.

CSUN battled back and trailed by three (58-55) with 3:10 left in the game. From there, Washington State put the game away and outscored the Matadors 10-4. 

After scoring just six at the break, Lister exploded for 15 in the second half. She one rebound, two assists and three steals in 30 minutes of action. Just the opposite was Guay, who scored just two of her 15 after halftime. She added six rebounds, two assists and a steal in 38 minutes.

Camille Mahlknecht battled foul problems early, but fought back to finish with six points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. She needs 11 more rejections to set a new school record.

Mikayla Thielges posted four points, six rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes. Emily Cole came off the bench to score a career-high seven points in 22 minutes.

As a team, CSUN shot 25-of-65 from the field (38.5 percent) and 5-of-20 from 3-point range. Washington State finished at 23-of-67 (34.3 percent) from the field and 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) from 3-point range. The Cougars also held a 49-38 rebounding advantage and had 21 offensive boards that resulted in 22 second-chance points.

Northridge returns to action on Friday, Dec. 6 with a road contest at Eastern Washington. Tip off between the Matadors and Eagles is slated for 6 p.m. CSUN returns home to host USC on Tuesday, Dec. 10 for a 6 p.m. game.