February 24, 2010

Matadors Fall to UC Santa Barbara, 67-54

Feb. 24, 2010

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team's (4-21, 2-11 BWC) second-half rally fell short on Wednesday evening, as they were defeated by the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (10-16, 7-7 BWC), 67-54, at the Matadome. Katrina Thompson led CSUN in scoring with career-high 19 points, as she knocked down 5-of-11 from 3-point land.

Despite a slow start that put Northridge in an early 16-point hole in the first half, the Matadors fought an uphill battle to get back into the game. With Thompson's hot shooting from the outside, CSUN nearly caught the Gauchos in the waning minutes of the game. The Matadors cut a lead that was a 39-30 deficit at the half to 56-54 after Jasmine Erving knocked down two free throws with 4:02 left. Unfortunately for the Matadors, they would not score a point for the remainder of the game.

UC Santa Barbara converted two huge baskets on their next two possessions, stretching their lead to 60-54. The Gauchos added another seven points in the last minutes for good measure, ending the game on an 11-0 run for a 67-54 victory.

The key moment of the game took place in the first half, where the Gauchos held the Matadors to one field goal for 9:03 in the middle of the period. During that time, UC Santa Barbara outscored CSUN 22-3, converting an early 5-2 deficit into a 24-8 lead.

While UCSB seized control of the first half, Northridge was without the services of Jasmine Erving throughout that entire stretch. Erving, who was coming off a career-high 31 points at Cal Poly, picked up two early fouls and was forced to sit out most of the first half.

Another key factor in the run was UCSB's ability to get to the free throw line. The Gauchos found their way to the charity stripe 14 times, making 11 attempts, while CSUN only shot twice, converting once.

CSUN could not cool off UCSB's hot shooting all evening long. The Gauchos shot 23-for-47 (48.9 percent), while the Matadors struggled from the field shooting 18-for-53 (34.0 percent).

Thompson led all Matadors with 19 points and her five three-pointers tied a career high from downtown. She has now knocked down 34-for-77 on the season (44.2 percent), putting her in the team lead for the most treys. She also set a new season high in field goals made with her 7-of-14 shooting performance on Wednesday.

Erving had her sixth career double-double in the game, as she totaled 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Matadors wrap up their 2010 home schedule with senior day this Saturday, as they take on the UC Irvine Anteaters. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 p.m. At the game, CSUN will honor its lone senior, Katrina Thompson, for all of the contributions she has brought to Cal State Northridge both on and off the court.

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