Matadors' Rally Falls Short in 79-68 Loss to Eastern Michigan

Nov. 21, 2010

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HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-4) lost 79-68 to Eastern Michigan in the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center. Sophomore Violet Alama had a career-high 32 points and recorded her second career double-double by adding 11 rebounds.

After trailing 49-30 at halftime, CSUN mounted a furious rally in the second half that saw them eventually outscore Eastern Michigan, 38-30, in the frame. The Matadors shot 52 percent (13-of-25) in the second half while limiting the Eagles to just a 25 percent (5-of-20) rate.

However, Eastern Michigan was able to weather the storm due to its proficiency at the free throw line. The Eagles finished 22-of-34 at the charity stripe for the game and 20-of-28 at the free throw line in the second half.

Alama was a force all day, finishing 12-of-19 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Both the field goal and free throw makes represent new career highs and she added three assists and three steals in 38 minutes of action. Through four games this season, Alama is averaging 19 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Amanda Thomson was the other Matador to finish in double-figures, scoring 12 points for CSUN. She had two 3-pointers, two rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes of action. Thomson is averaging 9.5 points while shooting an even 50 percent from the field for the season.

Freshman Haley White added five points, five assists and her first career 3-pointer for CSUN. Senior Analee Viena-Lota added eight points, two rebounds and a block and a steal for the Matadors. Janelle Nomura had five points and three assists and Bridgette Conejo chipped in two points, five rebounds and four assists.

For the game, CSUN shot 49.1 percent from the field (26-of-53) and had 19 assists to only 12 turnovers. Eastern Michigan finished shooting an even 50 percent from the field and had only 13 assists compared to 12 turnovers. However, the Eagles owned a 16-0 advantage in fast break points for the game.

Tavelyn James led Eastern Michigan with 24 points, scoring 23 of those in the first half. Cassie Schrock added 18 points and 11 assists for the Eagles.

Next week, CSUN hosts the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2010 at The Matadome. Northridge welcomes Wichita State, Wyoming and Tennessee-Chattanooga to the San Fernando Valley for a four-game tournament on Nov. 26 and 27.

Both days will start at 5 p.m., with the Lady Mocs and Cowgirls playing first Friday, followed by CSUN and Wichita State. The two winning teams will battle for the tournament title the following day, preceded by a consolation game between the two losing teams from the day before.