Dec. 19, 2008
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (1-9) lost, 88-69, to UNLV Friday afternoon in The Desert Draw at Cox Pavilion. In her return home, senior Ashley Blake led the Matadors with a career-high 20 points, while Whitney Ligon and Jasmine Erving also reach double figures, scoring 19 and 12 points, respectively.
A Las Vegas native, Blake delighted the hometown crowd by shooting 8-of-15 from the field and 4-of-10 from 3-point range. The eight field goals set a new career best and the four 3-pointers tied a career high.
Blake also added five rebounds and tied a career high with three steals. She is now averaging a career-high 7.8 ppg and 2.7 rpg in her senior campaign.
Ligon went for a season-high 19 points in the defeat, finishing 6-of-15 from the field, but 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She added three rebounds and one block, one steal and an assist in the game. She is now averaging a team-high 8.7 points and 2.4 rebounds for the season.
Erving finished 5-of-8 from the field and and knocked down both of her free throws to finish with 12 points. The double-figure performance was her third of the season and she added five rebounds against the Rebels.
Junior Katrina Thompson set a new season high with 11 rebounds and is now averaging 5.0 boards per game. Senior Tonicia Tademy, who entered the game as the league-leader with 4.7 assists per game, set a new season high with nine dimes for Northridge. Tademy is now averaging 5.1 assists-per-game.
Northridge shot 38.2 percent for the game while UNLV connected at a 45.2 percent clip. UNLV out-rebounded the Matadors, 50-32, in the contest, though it's 19 turnovers were a game-high.
Northridge trailed, 50-32, at halftime. Erving led the Matadors with eight points at the break, while Ligon added seven, Blake had six and Thompson scored five. Thompson also led the team with five rebounds in the first half, three of which were offensive boards, and she added two steals.
The Rebels jumped out to a 21-6 lead that included a 19-2 run to start the game. Sophomore Analee Viena-Lota picked up two personal fouls in the game's first two minutes. However, the Matadors battled back, shooting 36.4 percent from the field in the frame.
CSUN stormed out of the locker room in the second half, scoring nine of the half's first 11 points to cut the lead to 52-41. Blake his the team's first 3-pointer early in the half and Erving added a few baskets to give her 10 points with over 15 minutes left to play.
The Matadors return to court Saturday to face Southern Mississippi of Conference USA. Tip off between the Matadors and Lady Eagles is slated for 1 p.m. The game can be heard for free on gomatadors.com with Dave Caldwell providing the play-by-play.