January 22, 2011

Matadors Fall Flat in Loss to Mustangs

Jan. 22, 2011

Box Score

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-18, 1-5 Big West) fell 82-52 to Cal Poly Saturday afternoon at Mott Gym. Analee Viena-Lota scored 16 and Bridgette Conejo finished with 13, but the Matadors could not overcome a season-high 29 turnovers.

For CSUN, the loss was cemented in a first half to forget. The Matadors turned the ball over 20 times in the first 20 minutes and shot 30.4 percent (7-of-23) from the field. Viena-Lota had five points as Cal Poly led 38-20 at the break.

The second half was not much better, although CSUN shot for a better percentage (37.5 percent; 9-of-24) from the field. Unfortunately, so did Cal Poly (54.5 percent; 18-of-33).

Viena-Lota finished with 16 points and three rebounds. The three boards moved her into 10th in school history with 487 career rebounds.

Conejo added 13 points, six rebounds and two assists for the Matadors. Violet Alama finished with six points, six rebounds, three assists, four blocks and two steals.

Jasmine Erving saw her streak of double-doubles against league opponents halted at three games as she finished with four points and two rebounds. She did add two blocks, giving her 94 for her career which is the fifth most in school history.

As a team, CSUN shot an even 34 percent (16-of-47) from the field compared to a 51.6 percent (33-of-64) rate for Cal Poly. The Mustangs won the rebounding battle as well, 41-29, and had 23 assists on their 33 field goals.

Northridge did have a season-high seven blocked shots in the game. Alama tied a career high with four rejections.

Abby Bloetcher, who was whistled for a technical foul for elbowing in the second half, led the Mustangs with 16 points and seven rebounds. Rachel Clancy finished with eight points, eight assists, four rebounds and four steals.

The Matadors, who are now in ninth place in the Big West, will look to right the ship with three-straight league games at home. First up is a meeting with UC Irvine on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Two days later, UC Santa Barbara comes to The Matadome for a 4 p.m. contest.

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