January 17, 2009

Matadors Rally to Defeat Long Beach State, 88-84, in Overtime

Jan. 17, 2009

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-13, 1-3 BWC) erased a 17-point halftime deficit to defeat Long Beach State (3-14, 0-5 BWC) in overtime. 88-84, at The Matadome Saturday afternoon. Freshman Jasmine Erving led the Matadors with 25 points while junior Katrina Thompson set new career highs with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

The win snapped CSUN's 21-game losing streak against Big West Conference opponents. Their last league win had been against Cal Poly on Mar. 1, 2007.

The game did not appear headed to an extra frame early on as the 49ers built a 15-1 lead with 15:48 remaining in the first half. They took a 44-27 lead into the locker room, shooting 54.8 percent from the field in the stanza. Conversely, Northridge shot just 10-of-34 from the field in the first half, a rate of 29.4 percent. Sophomore Bianca Davies had seven points and three rebounds for CSUN at the break.

However, Northridge came out firing in the second half, out-scoring LBSU 33-14 in the first 10 minutes. Erving was a dominating presence in the paint, going 10-for-12 in the second half and overtime. She also added 11 rebounds for her second career double-double and is now averaging 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in her rookie season.

Long Beach battled back and eventually took a 72-70 lead with 33 seconds remaining following four-straight points from Whitney Fields. CSUN senior Tonicia Tademy then sent the game into overtime after hitting a jumper with 20 seconds left to tie the game.

In overtime, senior Whitney Ligon came out and knocked down a 3-pointer, one of four for her in the contest, early and Northridge built an 81-76 lead with 3:05 left in the game. Ligon would finish with 23 points, a new season high, and she was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line. She is now averaging 11.9 points this season.

Again, LBSU fought back, taking an 84-82 lead following a jumper from Lauren Sims, who had 22 points. Erving then muscled in a lay-up and converted a foul shot with 17 seconds left to play to reclaim a lead that CSUN would not relinquish.

Thompson broke both her points (15) and rebounding (14) career marks in the contest, grabbing six offensive rebounds and dishing out four assists in the process. She was 6-of-14 from the field in the game and is now averaging a career-high 5.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

For Tademy, the senior finished with nine points, nine assists and six rebounds. She entered the week ranked 14th in the nation in assists-per-game at 5.9 and is also posting 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest.

Fields led LBSU with 24 points and also had 10 rebounds. She fouled out with 3:51 remaining in overtime.

Northridge finished the game shooting 44.6 percent from the field and shot 61.3 percent (19-of-31) in the second half. The Matadors forced 21 LBSU turnovers and out-scored the 49ers 38-22 in the paint.

The Matadors return to action on Jan. 21 for a trip to Cal State Fullerton. Tip off at Titan Gym is set for 7 p.m.

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