Feb. 17, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Senior Janet Alvarado turned in a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds en route to her first career double-double as the Cal State Northridge Matadors (4-22, 4-9 BWC) defeated the Cal Poly Mustangs (14-9, 10-2 BWC) 68-65 Thursday night at the Matadome.
Alvarado shot 6-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point territory, and had two blocks in 35 minutes off the bench to lead the way for Northridge. In all, the Matadors had four players score in double figures, including sophomore Amanda Thomson (14 points, 4-of-5 three-pointers), sophomore Violet Alama (14 points, 6-of-7 free throws) and junior Jasmine Erving (10 points and three rebounds). Alama added 11 rebounds to earn her fourth career double-double.
Cal State Northridge led by as many as six points in the first half in a see-saw battle that saw a total of eight ties and 10 lead changes. The Matadors were up by five with 2:24 left in the first half before Cal Poly scored twice in a minute to close the lead to one. Alama put up a shot as the clock expired but was fouled, and she made both free throws with an empty court to give CSUN a three-point margin going into the locker room.
As the final 20 minutes got underway, Cal Poly came storming out of the gate. A 10-1 Mustang run over the first five minutes gave them their largest lead of the night at six points, a lead they would hold until Alama's layup with 55 seconds remaining gave Northridge the lead for good. The score was tied by the Matadors three times over that stretch, but Cal Poly refused to yield.
Amanda Thomson scored nine of her 14 points in the second half, all on three-pointers. She made back-to-back shots from long distance to tie the score at 63-all with 1:43 left in the game.
Violet Alama scored the final five points in the last minute of regulation for the Matadors to complete her double-double and seal the victory. A Mustang jumper with two seconds left finished off the game as Northridge played off of the opponents to prevent fouling.
Cal State Northridge has now won two straight games, both at home, and three of the last four. Two of their final three Big West games will be played at the Matadome.
With the win, the Matadors snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Mustangs, avenging a 30-point loss at Mott Gym from earlier this season, and move into a tie with Cal State Fullerton for eighth in the conference. The top eight teams will make the postseason Big West Conference tournament.
The Cal State Northridge Matadors take a break from conference play next week when they face Cal State Bakersfield on the road on Feb. 23. Northridge then travels to UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 26 for the final road game of the regular season before returning home to face UC Davis on Mar. 3.