Feb. 23, 2011
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-23) lost 71-46 to Cal State Bakersfield at the Icardo Center in its final non-conference game of the 2010-11 season. Jasmine Erving just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, but turnovers and poor shooting haunted the Matadors in their loss to the Roadrunners.
Leading 13-9 midway through the first half, the host Roadrunners closed the opening frame on a 26-9 run to take a 35-22 lead into halftime. The second half proved not much better for CSUN, who could could not get any closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
CSUN finished with 24 turnovers for the game with every Matador who played except one committing at least one miscue. Coupled with a 28.1 field goal percentage (16-of-57) for the game and it made for a long night for Northridge.
Erving battled foul trouble to finish 6-of-14 from the field and grab four offensive boards in 17 minutes of action. The 15 points gives her 1,041 for her career and moves her past Jamie McCaa for eighth in school history.
Violet Alama had nine points and seven rebounds for CSUN. She added three assists, two blocked shots and a steal in 28 minutes of action. Analee Viena-Lota knocked down two 3-pointers and had three steals.
Senior Anna Simmons had a productive game off the bench for CSUN, finishing with a season-high six rebounds, three points, three assists and two steals in 27 minutes. Janet Alvarado had seven points and eight rebounds off the bench as well.
CSUN did finish with 46 rebounds, including 20 on the offensive glass, compared to 34 for CSUB. The Roadrunners shot 42.1 percent for the game (24-of-57) and were 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) from 3-point range.
Fortunately for CSUN, the game means little in the scope of the season. While the Matadors failed to win a non-conference game, they remain deep in the hunt for a berth in the Big West Tournament.
Northridge has three Big West games remaining, starting with its final road game of the league schedule, a Feb. 26 game at UC Santa Barbara. The Matadors and Gauchos are slated to tip things off at 2 p.m.
Next week, CSUN closes out its 2010-11 regular season with a pair of home games. On Mar. 3, Northridge entertains UC Davis at 7 p.m. The season finale will take place on Saturday, Mar. 5 at 4 p.m. when the Matadors face the Pacific Tigers. The team will honor its three seniors (Analee Viena-Lota, Anna Simmons, Janet Alvarado) before the game.