Feb. 5, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-21, 2-8 Big West) defeated UC Irvine, 82-72, Saturday afternoon at the Bren Events Center. Jasmine Erving led CSUN with 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Matadors set a new season high by shooting 64.3 percent from the field.
Although Northridge led comfortably throughout most of the second half, the final minute proved interesting. After the officials missed a shot clock violation and instead awarded free throws to the Anteaters, CSUN led by three.
With the shot clock running down and just 33 seconds left on the game clock, freshman Haley White knocked down one of her season-high four 3-pointers to put the Matadors back up six. Northridge would hit its free throws the rest of the way to post their first victory at UC Irvine since the 2006-07 season.
Erving was remarkably efficient for CSUN throughout the entire game. She finished 8-of-10 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 at the free throw line. She added 10 rebounds to her 27 points to finish with her seventh double-double of the season and 13th of her career.
"The team really worked together the entire game and were patient against their defense," Erving said. "The guards didn't force the ball into me and they were crucial to my success today"
White also had a phenomenal game for Northridge, finishing with 17 points, seven assists, three rebounds and three steals in 27 minutes off the bench. The 17 points and four 3-pointers represent new season highs for the rookie.
Senior Analee Viena-Lota was the third Matador to finish in double-figures, scoring 13 points. She drained a season-high three 3-pointers and grabbed six rebounds with two assists in 37 minutes. The six boards moved her into seventh in school history with 516 career rebounds.
For the game, CSUN finished 27-of-42 (63.4 percent) from the field and 17-of-18 (94.4 percent) from the free throw line. In scoring a season-high 82 points, the Matadors knocked down a season-best 11-of-18 attempts (61.1 percent) from 3-point range.
The Matadors won the rebounding battle, finishing with 33 boards to UCI's 29. Although CSUN turned the ball over 26 times, they also dished out a season-high 20 assists.
Other notable performances for CSUN came from Amanda Thomson, Violet Alama and Janelle Nomura. Thomson finished with seven points and a career-high four assists. Alama added six points four assists and a steal and Nomura, playing in her first game in a month, finished with seven points and three assists.
UC Irvine was led by Mikah Maly-Karros, who had 27 points, and Jade Smith-Williams, who finished with 26. The Anteaters shot just 34.3 percent (23-of-67) for the game and made 5-of-27 (18.5 percent) 3-point attempts.
For CSUN head coach Jason Flowers, the victory was the culmination of perseverance and patience.
"Today was a great team effort and a tribute to our character," Flowers said. "Our girls responded well when they made their runs and we made big plays to answer everything they threw at us."
Northridge remains on the road for their next game, a meeting with Long Beach State on Wednesday, Feb. 9. The Matadors and 49ers will tip things off from The Walter Pyramid at 7 p.m.