January 27, 2011

Northridge Stumbles Down the Stretch in 59-53 Loss to UC Irvine

Jan. 27, 2011

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-19, 1-6 BWC) lost 59-53 to UC Irvine Thursday evening at The Matadome in a Big West Conference contest. Junior Jasmine Erving finished with 23 points for the Matadors, who could not hold onto an 11-point, second-half lead.

Leading 34-23 with roughly 16 minutes left in the game, Northridge watched UCI go on a 29-4 run to take a 52-38 lead with five minutes left in the game. Unfortunately, the Matadors could get no closer than five points the rest of the way as they fell to 0-8 at home this season.

Erving was a force inside for the Matadors before fouling out late in the second half. She finished 9-of-15 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Erving also added eight rebounds and a block in 27 minutes of action. For the season, she is now averaging a career-high 14.7 points and 7.2 rebounds.

Bridgette Conejo also had a nice game for CSUN, finishing with 10 points. She was 4-of-5 from the field, knocked down two 3-pointers and and had a steal in 28 minutes.

One game after she cracked the school's all-time list in career rebounds, senior Analee Viena-Lota added nine rebounds, five points and three assists for the Matadors. She now has 496 career rebounds and passed Paula Moran for ninth in school history.

Freshman Haley White added six points, seven assists, three rebounds and four steals for Northridge. Janet Alvarado chipped in with six points, four steals and eight rebounds, all on the offensive glass, in a losing effort.

The Matador defense did a good job containing the Anteaters' Mikah Maly-Karros, who entered the game as the Big West leader in scoring and rebounding. She finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.

Jade Smith-Williams led UCI with 15 points.

As a team, Northridge shot 33.8 percent (22-of-65) from the field. UCI checked in at 38.5 percent (20-of-52) for the game, but 48.1 percent (13-of-27) in the second half. The Anteaters also won the rebounding battle, 45-41, and their bench out-scored the Matadors', 19-3, for the contest.

CSUN led 23-19 at halftime. The Matadors held the Anteaters scoreless for the first six minutes of the opening frame. Erving had nine points and four rebounds at the break for the Matadors.

Northridge returns to action Saturday, Jan. 29 with a home contest against UC Santa Barbara. Tip off between the Matadors and Gauchos is slated for 4 p.m. from The Matadome.