February 18, 2010

Northridge Resumes Road to Big West Tournament at Cal Poly

Feb. 18, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Matadors Tackle League-leading Mustangs in Saturday Matinee

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (4-19, 2-9 BWC) travels to Central California for a Saturday game with league-leading Cal Poly. The Matadors remain tied with Pacific at 2-9 in the Big West Conference for the final spot in the conference tournament in Anaheim. With only five games left in the regular season, Northridge knows it must seize upon every opportunity to create separation from the Tigers.

CSUN got a win in its last conference game, a 72-64 decision at Cal State Fullerton. That win marked four straight over the Titans, giving the Matadors the season sweep the past two years. Jasmine Erving scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory to post her fifth career double-double.

In their last game, the Matadors dropped a 73-50 contest to Arizona in their final non-conference game of the season. Erving finished with a game-high 21 points in the defeat, raising her season scoring average to a team-best 13.2 points. She is also averaging 5.2 rebounds and has a team-high 26 blocks on the year.

For Northridge, the road to the Anaheim begins with a trip to Cal Poly. The Mustangs enter Saturday's contest with a 16-8 overall record and a 9-3 mark in league action. Cal Poly is 11-2 at Mott Gym in the 2009-10 season and a perfect 7-0 in league play. One of the league's top players, Kristina Santiago averages 19.3 points and 8.3 rebounds, numbers that are in the top five among all Big West players.

Matadors vs. Cal Poly

The Matadors own a 27-32 all-time record against Cal Poly, having lost the past six meetings with the Mustangs. Cal Poly took a 73-60 victory over Northridge on Jan. 23. Kristina Santiago scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the victory and Brittany Lange added 15 points. CSUN's last victory in the series was a 67-60 on Mar. 1, 2007 at The Matadome. Northridge's last victory in San Luis Obispo came on Mar. 17, 2005 when the Matadors won in double overtime, 83-81

Bombs Away

The Matadors enter Saturday's game ranked 34th in the nation in 3-point percentage at 36.1 percent. Katrina Thompson has shot 42.9 percent from long range, having hit 27-of-63 attempts. That mark ranks among the top percentages in school history for a single year and has vaulted Thompson into the career percentage ranks in school history. In league action, Thompson is 18-of-40 (.450).

Bridgette Conejo has also been lethal from downtown, leading the Matadors with 32 treys while shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point range. In Big West games, she is 16-of-38 from long range (42.1 percent).

Stay Off the Train Tracks

With just five regular season games remaining in her collegiate career, senior Katrina Thompson hopes to lead the Matadors to the Big West Tournament. For the year, she is averaging 8.8 points, which is a new career high, and a team-high 5.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists. She also leads CSUN in steals with 41 and has hit 27-of-63 attempts from 3-point range.

CSUN's Own Dr. J

Sophomore Jasmine Erving has scored over 20 points in the Matadors in the last two games, raising her season average to 13.2 points. She now leads the team in field goal percentage at 44 percent and she is also averaging 5.2 rebounds for the season. In league play, she is averaging 13.4 points and 5.0 rebounds.

We Neeta A Hero

Sophomore Neeta Sreekanth scored 10 points in the first half at Arizona to raise her scoring average 3.6 points. In league play, Sreekanth has averaged 4.3 points and is shooting 41.7 percent from the field. She is also one of the team's top free throw shooters, having hit 15-of-18 attempts from the charity stripe on the year.

Simmons Toast Crunch

Junior Anna Simmons has started the past two games for Northridge, setting numerous season highs in the process. At Cal State Fullerton, Simmons scored a season-high eight points, grabbed a season-high six rebounds and knocked down a season-high five free throws. At Arizona, Simmons played a season-high 36 minutes and tied a season high with three assists. For the year, she is averaging 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting .45.5 percent from 3-point range (5-of-11).

CSUN's Flyin Hawaiian

Freshman Janelle Nomura has shown a knack for getting to the free throw line this season, leading the Matadors in attempts (90), completions (70) and percentage (.778). For the year, she is averaging 7.0 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Roses are Blue, Violets are Red...

Freshman Violet Alama has elevated her scoring since the start of the Big West Conference season after finishing with a season-high 15 points and six field goals against Long Beach State. In league play, she is averaging 4.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. She is also second on the team with 23 blocks.

Conejo Brings More than Lucky Feet to CSUN

Sophomore Bridgette Conejo set a new career high with five assists against Long Beach State. She is now second on the Matadors in scoring at 11.9 ppg. She is also second on the team in rebounding at 5.3 per game and has knocked down a team-high 32 3-pointers this season.

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