Defense, Free Throws Key Northridge to 54-47 Victory over Eastern Washington

Dec. 22, 2008

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-10) defeated Eastern Washington, 54-47, Monday night at The Matadome. The Matadors applied consistent defensive pressure throughout the game, forcing the Eagles into a CSUN opponent season-high 30 turnovers

Northridge really stymied EWU in the second half, employing a trapping, full-court defense that resulted in 20 turnovers for the Eagles in the half. The Matadors were able to convert those turnovers into 19 points and also held a 17-2 advantage in second-chance points.

Senior Ashley Blake led a balanced Matador offensive attack with 11 points, including a crucial 3-pointer with 3:40 left in the game to push Northridge's lead to 47-41. Blake also set a new season high with four steals in the contest and added a team-high four assists.

Both senior Whitney Ligon and junior Katrina Thompson poured in nine points for Northridge in the victory. Thompson had five rebounds and four the third-straight game recorded four steals. Ligon had two assists and a steal for CSUN.

Freshmen Jasmine Erving and Bridgette Conejo finished with eight and seven points, respectively, for the Matadors. Erving grabbed a team-high nine rebounds while Conejo provided a spark off the bench, grabbing five boards and recording two steals in only 10 minutes of action.

Sophomore Analee Viena-Lota also played a pivotal role in the victory, coming off the bench to record eight rebounds, five of which were offensive boards.

For the game, Northridge shot 27.4 percent, but connected on 17-of-24 free throws (.708). Conejo entered the game 3-of-12 from the charity stripe, but calmly knocked down 5-of-6 attempts in the win.

Eastern Washington finished the game shooting 38.8 percent from the field, but only 3-of-10 from the free throw line. Kyla Evans led the Eagles with 16 points.

The first half was a sloppy affair that resulted in a 21-18 lead for the Eagles at halftime. Erving had six points and six rebounds at the break for Northridge.

In the second half, CSUN found itself down 39-30 with 10:42 to play after Evans knocked down one of her four 3-pointers and a lay-up by Pauline Ferrall. However, Northridge then went on a 17-2 run that culminated with Blake's 3-pointer.

The Matadors return to the hardwood on Dec. 28 for a meeting with the Columbia Lions. Tip off from The Matadome is slated for 2 p.m. with Dave Caldwell providing play-by-play coverage on The game will also feature free admittance for all in attendance.

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