March 4, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (6-22, 3-11 BWC) lost 53-50 to UC Davis (11-17, 7-9 BWC) Wednesday night at The Matadome. Senior Ashley Blake, who finished with a team-high 14 points, had a chance to send the game into overtime as time expired, but her shot rattled out of the basket.
Blake now has 50 3-pointers in her final season at Northridge, giving her 93 for her career, the sixth-most in school history. She added five assists and four steals against the Aggies and is averaging 8.5 points with one regular season game left in her career.
Whitney Ligon scored all 12 of her points in the second half, knocking down three 3-pointers and also finishing 3-of-3 from the free throw line. She added two steals and an assist in the contest and is averaging a team-high 11 points per game.
Despite trailing by as much as 10 with 11:05 left in the game, CSUN mounted a furious comeback, due in large part to a pressure defense that forced 29 UCD turnovers. The Matadors scored 26 points off those miscues and cut the lead to one point, 51-50, with 52 seconds left.
Then, Davis' Paige Mintun missed a free throw with 20 seconds left, but Lauren Juric grabbed the rebounds and knocked down two free throws to give the game its final score. Neeta Sreekanth, who finished with two points and seven rebounds, also had a chance to tie the game at the end of regulation, missing a 3-pointer from the right elbow.
Mintun led the Aggies with 18 points and Juric had 10 rebounds.
As a team, CSUN shot 34.5 percent from the field compared to a 44.7 percent rate for UC Davis. The Aggies out-rebounded Northridge, 40-27, yet held only a two-point advantage (24-22) in points in the paint.
Heading into Saturday's regular season finale against Pacific, the Matadors will need to defeat the Tigers and hope UC Irvine loses to Cal State Fullerton in order to earn a berth in the Big West Tournament. A tie between CSUN and Long Beach State, who has four league wins as of Mar. 4, would not be resolved until the conclusion of all games Saturday.
The Matadors will honor their three graduating seniors, Blake, Ligon and Tonicia Tademy, in a post-game ceremony following the Pacific contest. Tip-off from The Matadome Saturday between the Tigers and Northridge is set for 4 p.m.