Tigers Escape Matadors' Late Flurry, 79-73
STOCKTON, Calif. --- Despite a season-high 40 points from junior Whitney Ligon, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-14, 0-4 BWC) lost to Pacific (6-10, 1-2 BWC) Saturday afternoon at the Alex G. Spanos Center. The 40 points is the most put up by an individual this season in the Big West Conference.
Ligon became the first Matador to score 40 points in over nine years, finishing a season-high 12-of-20 from the field and knocking down a season-high six 3-pointers. She also had a strong game from the free throw line, finishing a perfect 10-of-10. She is now averaging a team-best 14.2 points per game and 20 ppg in conference play this season.
Junior Crystal Hahs and senior Katie Holloway both reached double figures in rebounds, finishing with 11 and 10 respectively. Hahs added eight points and tied a season-high with five blocks. Holloway scored seven points in the defeat and also had a season-high three blocks. The eight team blocks were the most by the Matadors this season.
For the game, Northridge shot 40 percent from the field (24-of-60) while Pacific hit at a 43.9 percent clip (29-of-66). CSUN outscored the Tigers, 32-30, in the paint and won the rebounding battle, 42-38, for the second-straight game.
Sophomore Shanice Howard scored four points, had three rebounds and dished out a team-best four assists. Junior Ashley Blake added seven points and two rebounds and assists for the Matadors.
Janae Young led Pacific with 16 points and had six rebounds.
The Matadors and Tigers went into halftime tied at 37-37. Ligon scored 18 points in the first half to lead the Matadors, who shot 50 percent from the field in the stanza (12-of-24). Hahs added six points, four rebounds and four blocks in the first half and Holloway tied a career high with three steals.
Northridge returns home next week, hosting defending Big West champion UC Riverside in its only game of the week. The Matadors and Highlanders will play on Wednesday, January 16 at 7 p.m. at The Matadome.