Nov. 17, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-1) lost 108-74 to Pepperdine Wednesday night in its 2010-11 season opener. Sophomore Violet Alama led four Matadors in double-figures, scoring a career-high 20 points in the defeat.
In the debut of CSUN head coach Jason Flowers, the Matadors shot 44.4 percent from the field, but turned the ball over 26 times. Those miscues translated into 33 points for the Waves. Conversely, Pepperdine turned the ball over 17 times, resulting in 17 points for CSUN.
The game was a close affair early. Pepperdine held a 25-21 lead with 9:45 left in the first half. From that point, the Waves went on a 16-3 run and eventually led 52-38 at halftime. The deficit ballooned to as many as 35 late in the game before the final buzzer sounded.
Alama finished 8-of-13 from the field, setting a new career high in field goals. She added five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a career-high four steals in 29 minutes of action.
Fellow sophomore Amanda Thomson poured in 15 points for CSUN, draining a career-high four 3-pointers during the game. She also posted three rebounds and three assists for the Matadors.
Jasmine Erving added 11 points for Northridge on 5-of-10 shooting in the game. She had five rebounds and a block. Bridgette Conejo was the fourth Matador to reach double-figures, scoring 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Conejo had a team-high seven rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers in 24 minutes of action.
Janelle Nomura also added a gritty performance for CSUN. Coming off the bench, she scored nine points and dished out a game-high seven assists in 35 minutes of action. Analee Viena-Lota also had nine points and finished with seven rebounds and two dimes as well.
Pepperdine shot 46.4 percent from the field (39-of-84), but connected at a 48 percent rate (12-of-25) from 3-point range. Robie Mayberry led six Waves in double-figures with a game-high 22 points. Pepperdine also held a 53-34 advantage on the glass and pulled down 22 offensive rebounds to the Matadors' eight.
CSUN returns to the court Friday as part of the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic on the campus of the University of Hawai'i. The Matadors will face the Rainbow Wahine on Friday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. (HT) / 7 p.m. (PT). Northridge will also face Oregon State and Eastern Michigan at the tournament.
The Matadors' next home game will be part of the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2010, which will be held at The Matadome on Nov. 26 and 27. Northridge hosts Wichita State, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Wyoming during the two-day tournament, with both days starting at 5 p.m.