February 13, 2008

Northridge Heads to Inland Empire to Face Defending League Champ UC Riverside


Northridge Heads to Inland Empire to Face Defending League Champ UC Riverside
This Week's Matador Women's Basketball Release



NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-20, 0-10 BWC) plays defending Big West champion UC Riverside Saturday in its only game of the week. Junior Crystal Hahs continues to close in on the single season school record in blocked shots in addition to averaging a career-high 7.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

The CSUN career leader with 110, Hahs is tied for 20th in the nation at 2.5 per game and 50 in the season. Three different times this season, Hahs has recorded at least five blocks. Pam Spencer owns the single-season school record, having recorded 93 blocks during the 1979-80 season.

On offense, Hahs has steadily improved while working an average of 30 minutes per game, ninth in the Big West Conference. She registered a new career high with 17 points against UC Davis, reached double figures in scoring six times and three times in rebounding and third on the team with 32 assists.

Joining Hahs up front, senior Katie Holloway continues to form an imposing tandem for opposing front courts. Holloway also registered a new career high this season, posting 27 points against Cal Poly. She also is averaging a team-best 7.1 rebounds per game, which is good for sixth in the conference.

With six games left in her college career, Holloway sits in ninth place all-time in career rebounds, standing at 493 in her three plus seasons at Northridge. She also recorded the 100th block of her career against UC Davis on Feb. 9 and is second in school history. With a career field goal percentage of .515, Holloway is close to finishing in second all time, where Jenny Shetters (2000-02) sits with a .518 mark.

In the backcourt, junior Ashley Blake has seen her play improve since the start of conference play. Blake leads the team with a 32.6 percent clip from 3-point range (14-of-42) and knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers against Pacific on Feb. 7. She is averaging 7.3 ppg and tied a career high with 17 against the Tigers.

Junior Whitney Ligon remains the team's top scorer after dropping 21 against the Aggies on Feb. 9. She sits at 13.9 ppg for both the season and in league games, having hit 37 3-pointers, the 10th most for a single season in school history. She is also the team's top free throw shooter, sitting at 75.3 percent for the season.

As a team, the Matadors are shooting 34.6 percent from the field and 26.6 percent from 3-point range. Their opponents are hitting at a 43.3 percent clip from the field and at 35.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. CSUN averages 36.2 rebounds per game while its opponents grab an average of 45.1.

Northridge has six games remaining in the season with UC Riverside looming for a Saturday showdown. The Highlanders stand at 9-11 overall, but 6-2 and in second place in the Big West Conference. They defeated Cal St. Bakersfield, 69-62, on Feb. 9.

Seyram Gbewonyo leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.1 ppg overall and 16.8 in league play. She is also grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game and had a 1.13 assist-to-turnover ratio. Tainoisouti Lott is second on the team at 10.4 ppg overall and 14.1 ppg in league play. She also leads the team in rebounding, averaging 8.1 rpg.

The Highlanders won the first meeting between the schools earlier this season, defeating CSUN, 67-48, on Jan. 16. UC Riverside now owns a two-game winning streak in the series, though Northridge owns a 22-19 all-time advantage.

Following the trip to Riverside, the Matadors will head to Bakersfield to battle Cal St. Bakersfield in a non-conference game at 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 before facing Long Beach State on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. The game had been orginially scheduled for a 7 p.m. start, but was moved up following the announcement that ESPNU would broadcast the men's basketball game against Rider on the same day at 6 p.m.

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