Viena-Lota Posts Double-Double in CSUN Loss to UC Irvine, 70-55
IRVINE, Calif. --- Junior Crystal Hahs scored 15 points and recorded four blocks, but the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-17, 0-7 BWC) fell, 70-55, to UC Irvine (5-16, 1-6 BWC) Thursday night at the Bren Events Center. Freshman Analee Viena-Lota recorded her first career double-double, adding 10 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.
Hahs, who entered the contest ranked 23rd in the country and tops in the Big West Conference in blocked shots, finished 6-of-11 from the field and also grabbed eight rebounds. Hahs is now averaging 7.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg. She now has 43 blocks on the season, which ties for the second most in a single season in school history, and 103 for her career, the most in school history.
Viena-Lota provided a spark off the bench for the Matadors, finishing 4-of-8 from the field and adding one assist. She is now averaging 4.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg.
Senior Katie Holloway was the team's third leading scorer, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, two blocks and one steal in the game.
Holloway picked up two quick fouls in the game, leaving the contest with 17:47 remaining in the first half. UC Irvine responded by jumping out to a 10-4 lead. The Anteaters extended their lead to 20-11 with 5:56 and Holloway was called for her third foul of the period with 5:37 left.
The Matadors trailed 31-19 heading into the locker room. Hahs continued to punish opponents coming into the paint, recording three blocks in the first half. She also added six rebounds and three points in the stanza. Junior Whitney Ligon led CSUN with six points at the break while freshman Viena-Lota pulled down seven rebounds.
In the second half, Holloway scored six of the team's first nine points and CSUN drew it to 36-28 with 13 minutes left in the game. However, she picked up her fourth foul with 12:30 left in the game.
The Matadors climbed back to 52-37 with eight minutes left in the game behind a series of lay-ups from Hahs and Viena-Lota. The Anteaters pushed the lead to 56-40 before junior Ashley Blake canned a 3-pointer with six minutes left.
The Matadors will come back to Orange County Saturday to face Cal State Fullerton. Tip off against the Titans from Titan Gym is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.