Slow Start Haunts CSUN in Loss at Hawai'i

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

A 15-0 start to the game lifted Hawai'i to a 54-44 victory over the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (5-11, 1-1 Big West) Sunday evening at The Stan Sheriff Center. Cinnamon Listerled CSUN with 11 points and Janae Sharpe had 10, but the Matadors could not overcome the slow start.

Having been on the road since Wednesday, the toil of travel seemed to take its toll on the Matadors Sunday. CSUN shot 18-of-57 from the field (31.6 percent) and was out-rebounded 46-29 for the contest. Northridge also committed 21 fouls and sent the Rainbow Wahine to the free throw line 22 times compared to its five free throw attempts.

Despite the slow start, the Matadors outscored the Rainbow Wahine 44-39 for the rest of the game. Northridge closed the gap substantially with a 9-0 run to start the second half and draw within 31-26. However, Hawai'i responded with an 8-2 run of its own and the Matadors never got closer than six the rest of the game.

Lister was 4-of-11 from the field and added two assists in 39 minutes. Sharpe was 4-of-13 from the field and had five rebounds and two assists. Ashlee Guay finished with seven points, two rebounds and two assists.

Bernadette Fong and Randi Friess each had six points and four rebounds for the Matadors. Friess scored CSUN's first six points of the game and played 36 minutes.

Ashleigh Karaitiana and and Shawna-Lei Kuehu each had 14 points for Hawai'i.

Northridge returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 16 with a home contest against Cal Poly. Tip off between the Matadors and Mustangs is slated for 7 p.m. at The Matadome.

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