February 26, 2011

Matadors Drop 71-52 Decision to UC Santa Barbara

Feb. 26, 2011

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-24, 4-10 Big West) lost 71-52 to UC Santa Barbara Saturday afternoon at The Thunderdome in a Big West Conference game. Jasmine Erving and Haley White each scored 13 points for CSUN, but the Matadors could not overcome a slow finish to the first half and start to the second half.

The Matadors entered halftime trailing 41-26. At one point, CSUN was down only 26-22, but the Gauchos closed out the opening frame on a 15-4 run. Erving had 13 points and four rebounds at the break to lead Northridge.

In the second half, CSUN came out sluggish, eventually falling behind by as many as 30 with four minutes left in the contest. Erving was held scoreless in the second half and the Matadors shot 29.4 percent (10-of-34) from the field.

With the 13 points, Erving now has 427 points on the year, tying her for ninth in school history for a single season. Her six field goals now give her 168 for the season, moving her into 10th in school history for a single season. She added six rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

White finished with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal for CSUN in 36 minutes.

CSUN also got some nice productivity from its bench. Bianca Davies had a season-high four points and three rebounds. Anna Simmons added a season-high six points and two 3-pointers. Finally, Felicia Walker scored a season-high three points and had four rebounds and an assist.

Emilie Johnson finished with a game-high 27 points for UCSB, knocking down seven 3-pointers. Mekia Valentine added 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Gauchos.

As a team, Northridge shot 35.7 percent (20-of-56) from the field and 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from 3-point range. The Matadors grabbed 33 rebounds for the game and dished out nine assists, but also committed 18 turnovers in defeat.

Next week, CSUN wraps up its 2010-11 regular season with a pair of important Big West contests at The Matadome. On Mar. 3, CSUN faces UC Davis at 7 p.m., and then hosts Pacific on Mar. 5 at 4 p.m.

The Matadors will honor four of its players before the game with the Tigers. For Anna Simmons, Analee Viena-Lota, Janet Alvarado and Bianca Davies, the game will be the final home contest of their college careers.

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