Jan. 5, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-14, 1-2 Big West) lost 64-50 to Long Beach State Wednesday night at The Matadome. The Matadors could not overcome a cold night from the floor, although both Jasmine Erving and Violet Alama posted double-doubles in defeat for CSUN.
The Matadors shot 26.1 percent (18-of-69) from the field Wednesday night, their second-worst outing of the season. After trading baskets early, Long Beach State went on a 17-2 run midway through the first half to take a 26-12 lead, though CSUN fought back to trail only 30-22 at halftime.
In the second frame, the Matadors closed to within nine points only to see the 49ers respond with a 9-1 run of their own. Northridge would get no closer than 10 the rest of the way as Long Beach State earned its first conference win of the year.
Erving posted her fourth double-double of the year, finishing with 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. She also added three blocked shots. Alama went for 20 points and 11 rebounds, her third career double-double. She had two assists and was 7-of-15 from the field.
Long Beach State finished at 37.1 percent (26-of-70) from the field and scored 18 points off 24 Matador turnovers. CSUN did pull down a season-high 52 rebounds, including 22 on the offensive glass, and finished with 14 second-chance points.
Brandi Henton led the 49ers with 15 points. Ella Clark and Tipesa Moorer came off the bench to score 14 and 10, respectively, for Long Beach State.
The Matadors will return to action on Jan. 13 when they face the UC Riverside Highlanders in Riverside. On Jan. 15, Northridge will play at Cal State Fullerton.