December 8, 2010

Turnovers Costly in Matadors' Loss to Huskies

Dec. 8, 2010

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-10) lost 73-55 to Washington Wednesday night at The Matadome. Janelle Nomura and Analee Viena-Lota each had 13 points and Jasmine Erving added 12 points for the Matadors in a losing effort.

The opening act of Wednesday's contest was not too kind to Northridge. The Matadors trailed 38-20 at halftime after shooting 4-of-20 (20 percent) from the field and turning the ball over 17 times. Those miscues translated into 24 first-half points for the Huskies, who jumped out to a 24-8 lead 11 minutes into the game.

The second half was a little gentler to the Matadors, as they equaled the Huskies' 35-point output. CSUN made 5-of-11 3-pointers in the second half and shot 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) from the field to end the game with a 31.9 percent (15-of-47) field goal percentage.

Nomura made the most of her time at the free throw line, connecting on 10-of-12 attempts at the charity stripe. She added a team-high three assists and also knocked down a 3-pointer in 28 minutes of action. For the season, she is averaging a career-high 10.2 points and has made 54-of-66 (81.8 percent) from the free throw line.

Viena-Lota knocked down a season-high two 3-pointers and grabbed four rebounds in 26 minutes. She is averaging 7.5 points and 5.9 rebounds for the year.

Erving posted 12 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Matadors. She tied a career high with three steals and has scored in double-figures in five of CSUN's past six games. For the year, Erving is averaging 11.4 points and 6.1 rebounds.

Bridgette Conejo responded to a role in the starting line-up with four points and a season and team-high nine rebounds. Before she fouled out, Violet Alama had seven rebounds and freshman Haley White scored a season-high eight points for Northridge.

Kristi Kingma paced the Huskies with 21 points. Sarah Morton added 13 and Mercedes Wetmore finished with 10.

Washington out-rebounded Northridge, 41-37, and CSUN's total of 26 turnovers resulted in 34 points for the Huskies. Both team finished with two blocked shots.

The Matadors will now have 10 days off before their next game, a road contest at South Dakota. Tip off between the Matadors and Coyotes on Dec. 18 is set for 7 p.m (CT). CSUN's next home game will be its Big West home opener, a Jan. 5 meeting with Long Beach State at 7 p.m.

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