Feb. 4, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (3-16, 1-8 BWC) dropped a 75-53 decision to UC Riverside (9-13, 6-3 BWC) Thursday night at The Matadome. Sophomore guard Bridgette Conejo scored a team-high 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range in the loss.
Northridge kept it close for most of the game, but a 21-point run by UCR in the second half pushed the Highlander lead from nine to 30 in under six minutes and proved too much for the Matadors to overcome.
The score stayed tight for the majority of the first half. A 3-pointer by UCR's Jessie Schmuckal at the 13:27 mark put the Highlanders up 14-5, the largest lead for either team in the opening frame. But Northridge came roaring back.
Three straight Jasmine Erving buckets helped the Matadors go on a 14-6 run over the next 6:42. A lay-up by Neeta SreeKanth with 6:44 left to go in the half capped the run and gave the Matadors their largest lead of the game, 23-20. However, Riverside would close the half on an 8-2 run to take a 28-25 lead into the intermission.
At first, Northridge looked poised to make another run to start the second-half. A Conejo 3-pointer at the 18:14 mark brought the Matadors within one, 31-30, but that is as close as Northridge would get. Rheya Neabors knocked down a jumper on the next possession to push the UCR lead to three, sparking a 10-0 Highlander run over the next 2:21.
Jasmine Erving's 11 points made her the only other Matador to finish the game in double-figures, while Katrina Thompson led CSUN in rebounds with six. Analee Viena-Lota scored six points, grabbed five boards, and finished the game with a career-high five steals.
For the game, Northridge shot 38 percent from the field (19-of-50) and 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from 3-point range. UC Riverside finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field (27-of-54) and 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from 3-point range.
UCR scored 21 points off 17 CSUN turnovers, and the Highlanders outscored the Matadors in the paint, 28-20. Northridge's bench outscored Riverside's, 22-14.
Marissa River and Amber Cox scored 16 points apiece to lead the Highlanders.
Northridge returns to the court this Saturday, Feb. 6, with a home game against Long Beach State. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m., and free admission will be granted to all kids 17 & under.