CSUN Fends Off Cal Poly in Big West Home Opener

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

Ashlee Guay led three Matadors in double figures with 22 points to help lead the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (6-11, 2-1 Big West) to a 81-76 victory over visiting Cal Poly in a Big West contest at The Matadome. Cinnamon Lister added 20 and Janae Sharpe scored 17 as the Matadors posted their fourth-straight home win over the Mustangs.

The Matadors and Mustangs engaged in an action packed contest Thursday evening. The contest featured four ties and nine lead changes, with the teams swapping the advantage eight times in the second half.

Leading by seven at halftime (43-36), the Matadors maintained an advantage in the early part of the second half. Guay had 12 points in the first half and CSUN led by as many as 12 in the frame.

Cal Poly responded with a 12-4 run to take a 61-60 lead with 9:52 to play. Over the next four minutes, the Mustangs' advantage swelled to as many as four with 5:25 to play.

The Matadors answered with a 3-pointer by Guay and a free throw from Sharpe to tie the game with 4:28 to play. After exchanging baskets, Camille Mahlknecht recorded one of her five blocked shots and Lister was fouled to give the Matadors a 74-71 lead with 2:57 left in the game.

The Mustangs would get as close as one (77-76) with 1:01 left before Guay, Sharpe and Lister all connected on free throws to seal the victory.

Guay finished 8-of-16 from the field and hit two 3-pointers. She dished out a season-high seven assists and needs 21 to set a new all-time program record.

Lister finished 7-of-12 from the field and reached at least 20 points for the sixth time this season. She added five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 37 minutes.

Sharpe had five assists to one turnover in 35 minutes of action and knocked down six free throws. Mahlknecht grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds to go with six points and five blocks.

The Matadors shot 39.7 percent (29-of-73) from the field compared to 40.5 percent (32-of-79) for the Mustangs. CSUN made 17-of-23 from the free throw line while Cal Poly was just 6-of-11 from the charity stripe.

Molly Schlemer led four Mustangs in double figures with 22 points and 13 rebounds. CSUN's bench, led by Haley White and Emily Cole, outscored Cal Poly's 16-5 and the Matadors scored 17 points off 14 turnovers.

Northridge returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 18 with a road contest at UC Santa Barbara. Tip off from The Thunderdome is slated for 2 p.m.