Matadors Set Their Sights on Orange County for Battles with Anteaters, Titans
This Week's Matador Women's Basketball Release
NORTHRIDGE, Cailf. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-16, 0-6 BWC) is bound for Orange County for a pair of Big West Conference games this week. Senior Katie Holloway will look to continue her campaign for postseason honors against UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton, as she has posted a career-high 12.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest while shooting 49.6 percent from the field.
One of the conference's most dominant post players, Holloway has seen her production improve in conference games. In six league contests, Holloway is averaging 15.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg while shooting 57.9 percent from the field. In CSUN's last game, she paced the Matadors with 22 points and eight rebounds, connecting on a career-high eight free throws.
Teaming up with Holloway in the paint is junior Crysal Hahs, who set a new school record for blocked shots against Long Beach State on Jan. 26. Hahs rejected three Long Beach State attempts in the game to give 99 for her career, three more than Denise Sitton and Carrie Dormie. Hahs ranks 24th in the nation in blocks per game at 2.4 and has the third-most blocks in school history for a single season with 39.
Additionally, Hahs has seen her offensive production increases this season. So far, she is averaging 7.5 ppg and 4.8 rbp. She is also is third on the team with 27 assists and is second on the team in minutes, averaging 29 per game. In conference play, Hahs is averaging 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 1.8 assists per game.
Like Holloway and Hahs, junior Ashley Blake has also improved her play since the start of Big West Competition. Blake averages 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in the six league contests. She scored a season-high 13 points against the 49ers.
As a team, Northridge shoots 34.4 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from 3-point range. The team averages 57.4 points and 36.4 rebounds per game. In conference action, the Matadors are also shooting 34.4 percent from the field with a slight raise in 3-point percentage to 27.4. The Matadors average 57.8 points and 35.3 rebounds in league action.
Like Northridge, UC Irvine (4-16, 0-6 BWC) enters Thursday's contest still in search of its first win in league play. The Anteaters dropped a 59-56 decision at UC Riverside on Jan. 26.
Stephanie Duda paces Irvine's attack as she averages a double-double (12.7 ppg, 10.0 rpg). Agains the Highlanders, she recorded her 11th double-double of the season, the most in the Big West Conference. Kelly Cochran is the Anteaters' other double-figure scorer, posting 11.0 ppg and 7.2 rpg.
CSUN holds a 17-13 record, including a three-game winning streak, in the all-time series between the schools. Northridge swept both meetings last season.
Cal State Fullerton (5-13, 3-3 BWC) enters the weekend on a three-game winning streak, having defeated UC Riverside, 62-54, and Cal State Bakersfied, 77-75, on the road last week.
Toni Thomas lead the Titans in scoring, averaging a conference-best 18.3 per game. She also adds 7.1 rebounds per game. Lauren Chow is Fullerton's other double-figure scorer, averaging 12.2 per game. Her 43 3-pointers is the most in the conference.
The Titans own a 22-5 all-time record against Northridge, including a current three-game winning streak in the series. Fullerton bounced the Matadors from the Big West Tournament in their last meeting, defeating CSUN, 75-65.
Next week, the Matadors open the second half of their Big West season, hosting Pacific and UC Davis. The Aggies defeated the Matadors, 76-60, earlier this season, while the Tigers escaped with a 79-73 victory on Jan. 12. In that game, Whintely Ligon tied the school record when she scored 40 points.