Jan. 8, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. - A 19-0 UC Irvine run to start the game sealed the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team's fate Thursday night, as they lost 69-64 to the Anteaters in a Big West Conference game. Sophomore Jasmine Erving led the Matadors with 20 points, while Katrina Thompson added 15 and Janelle Nomura had 11.
The loss drops the Matadors to 2-10 overall and 0-3 in the Big West. UC Irvine improves to 4-11 overall and 1-2 in the league.
Less than five minutes into the game, CSUN found itself staring at a 19-0 deficit. Northridge did not get score its first point until a jumper by Erving with 14:54 left in the first half. The Anteaters would build their lead to as many as 22 before CSUN was able to start chipping away at it.
In fact, Northridge outscored UCI, 64-50, after the first five minutes, but were unable to cut the lead to anything less than four due to other telling statistic from Thursday's game: rebounding.
Although CSUN entered the game averaging slightly more boards than UCI, the Anteaters finished with a 48-34 advantage on the glass. Mikah Maly-Karros led UCI with a game-high 14 boards. The Anteaters had 20 offensive rebounds in the game, helping them to finish with 19 second-chance points.
For Northridge, Erving was 8-of-18 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She also had six rebounds, a 3-pointer and a block in the contest. Thompson knocked down three 3-pointers en route to her 15 points, adding a team-high seven boards, three assists and two steals.
Nomura finished 3-of-6 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. She added a 3-pointer, four assists and six rebounds to her final line. Sophomore Bridgette Conejo finished with nine points for CSUN, dishing out three assists and grabbing three rebounds in the process.
Maly-Karros led UCI with 19 points and 14 rebounds, adding two blocks and eight turnovers. Jade Smith-Williams added 19 and Kim Barnes and Keyonna Johnson had each had 11 for UCI.
The Matadors finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field (22-of-55) compared to 38.7 percent for UC Irvine (24-of-62).
CSUN returns to the court Monday, Jan. 11 when it hosts Cal State Bakersfield in a non-conference game at 6 p.m. The contest is part of a doubleheader with the CSUN men's basketball team, who hosts Seattle University at 8 p.m. A separate ticket is need for each game.