Feb. 22, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Following a career-high 31 points at league-leading Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge women's basketball sophomore Jasmine Erving was named Big West Player of the Week on Monday, the league office announced. For the season, Erving is averaging a team-high 14 points, the fourth-highest figure in the league.
Against the Mustangs, Erving finished 11-of-16 from the field, 1-of-1 from 3-point range and 8-of-11 from the free throw line to finish with 31 points. The 11 field goals set a new season high and were one off her career high, which she had against Southern Mississippi on Dec. 20, 2008.
Earlier in the week, Erving scored a game-high 21 points in the Matadors' loss at Arizona. After starting the game 0-of-5 from the field, Erving finished 9-of 12 from the field to lead all players in points. That performance came on the heels of a then-career-high 27 points in CSUN's 72-64 win at Cal State Fullerton.
"It feels good to receive this recognition from the Big West Conference," Erving said. "I got a lot of great help and support from teammates and I think this award will help to motivate us for the final stretch of Big West play because we're still fighting for a spot in the Big West Tournament."
Over her past three games, Erving is averaging 26.3 ppg, She also leads the team in field-goal percentage at .454 and in blocked shots with 29. Her 62 career rejections already rank eighth in school history.
Among Big West players, Erving ranks fourth in scoring, 10th in field goal percentage, 14th in rebounding at 5.2 per game and second in blocks per game at 1.3. This is the first time that she has received the Big West Player of the Week honors.
"It feels good to have a reliable go-to player as we enter the final stretch of league play and Jasmine has certainly been that lately," CSUN head coach Staci Schulz said.
Erving and the Matadors close out the home portion of their 2009-10 season this week with a pair of Big West games. On Wednesday, CSUN hosts UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. Then on Saturday, the team will honor its lone senior, Katrina Thompson, as it squares off against UC Irvine at 4 p.m.