February 12, 2011

Matadors Jump Back into Playoff Race with 71-65 Win over Titans

Feb. 12, 2011

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (3-22, 3-9 BWC) defeated Cal State Fullerton, 71-65, Saturday afternoon at The Matadome. Jasmine Erving led CSUN with a career-high 35 points, becoming just the ninth player in school history to amass 1,000 career points.

Facing the reality that every game is a playoff game as they continue in their quest to qualify for the Big West Tournament, the Matadors led nearly wire-to-wire in their win over the Titans. They carried a one point lead into halftime and quickly overcame a small deficit in the second half to earn their third league win of the season and snap a 16-game home losing streak.

Just as she was in the first meeting between CSUN and Fullerton, Erving was a dominant force inside all game. Her 35 points and 15 field goals both set new career highs and are the most by a Big West individual in the 2010-11 season.

With her 19th point, she also became just the ninth player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. At 1,020 in her three-plus seasons at Northridge, Erving is now averaging a career-high 15.6 points and 7.1 rebounds for the season. In Big West play, she is now posting 19.1 ppg and 8.3 rpg.

Erving also finished with eight rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and a steal in 35 minutes of action.

Sophomore Violet Alama also had a strong game for CSUN, finishing just two assists shy of a triple-double. She posted 17 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists in 35 minutes of action. Percentage-wise, Alama and Erving scored 73 percent of the Matadors' points Saturday afternoon.

Janet Alvarado posted seven rebounds and made her first 3-pointer of the season for CSUN. Analee Viena-Lota tied a career high with five assists and added six rebounds.

As a team, CSUN shot 37.8 percent (28-of-74) for the game, but a 47.2 percent (17-of-36) clip in the second half. The Matadors won the rebounding battle, 48-44, and out-scored the Titans 42-18 in the paint.

Northridge had 20 assists on 28 field goals and turned the ball over just 12 times.

Megan Richardson led four Titans in double-figures with 24 points.

Northridge returns to action Thursday, Feb. 17 with a home contest against league-leading Cal Poly. The Matadors and Mustangs will tip things off at 7 p.m. from The Matadome.

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