Matadors Fall 66-50 to San Diego
Jan. 19, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-17) lost 66-50 to San Diego Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference meeting at The Matadome. Violet Alama scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but CSUN could not overcome a slow start to second half in the loss.
What was a 10-point halftime lead for San Diego quickly ballooned to a much larger deficit in the early moments of the second half. The Toreros went on a 24-6 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take a 55-27 lead with 9:31 left in the game. CSUN made only one field goal in the first 12 minutes of the second half.
As a team, Northridge shot 24 percent (18-of-75) from the field compared to even 50 percent (25-of-50) rate for San Diego. The Toreros edged the Matadors on the glass, out-rebounding CSUN 46-43. Northridge did force 27 USD turnovers as every Torero who played had at least one.
Alama added seven rebounds, all on the offensive glass, to her 19 points. She also tied a career high with four steals and tied a season high with three assists. Jasmine Erving finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for Northridge. By connecting on seven field goals, Erving moved into eighth in school history with 362 for her career.
Janet Alvarado had a nice game off the bench for the Matadors, finishing with four points and season-high nine rebounds. She also had a season-high three blocked shots in 31 minutes of action.
Alama had 11 points for the Matadors at halftime as CSUN trailed 31-21 at the break.
Dominique Conners led San Diego with 11 points. Amy Kame had 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Toreros.
The Matadors return to Big West action in their next contest, a Jan. 22 road game at league-leading Cal Poly. The Matadors and Mustangs will tip off from Mott Gym at 4 p.m.