Oct. 29, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
A survey of media members covering Big West Conference Women's Basketball has placed the Matadors eighth in the 2009-10 Preseason Poll, the conference announced Thursday. The Matadors, who return seven players from a year ago, received 41 points in the poll.
"We're excited to begin another season in the Big West Conference," head coach Staci Schulz said. "I think the league has a lot of parity and we look forward to competing hard in every conference game."
Last season, CSUN finished 8-23 overall and 4-12 in league play to earn a berth in the Big West Tournament as the eighth seed. At the event in Anaheim, the Matadors defeated fifth-seeded UC Davis, 64-56, in the event's opening game. In the quarterfinals, CSUN rallied from a 20-point deficit, but fell 74-65 to Cal Poly.
This year, Northridge returns seven letterwinners, including senior forward Katrina Thompson, who finished in the league's top 10 in steals and rebounds per game. Also returning is sophomore Jasmine Erving, who averaged 8.9 points and 5.6 rebounds to earn a spot on the All-Big West Freshman Team.
UC Santa Barbara was the preseason favorite, receiving 10 first-place votes and 162 points overall. UC Davis was second with six first-place votes and 155 points. Cal Poly and UC Riverside also received first-place votes and were picked third and fourth, respectively, with 146 and 112 points.
Long Beach State earned the fifth spot with 99 points and Pacific checked in at six with 87 points. Cal State Fullerton was seventh with 59 points and UC Irvine was ninth with 39 points.
The Matadors open the 2009-10 season on Nov. 4 with a home exhibition contest against Cal Lutheran in The Matadome at 7 p.m. The event is part of the Northridge Athletics' Fall Food Drive with free admittance for all fans who bring a non-perishable food donation to benefit Children's Hunger Fund.
Northridge's regular season opener is on Nov. 13 against New Mexico State in The Matadome at 2 p.m. All CSUN students receive free admission with their student ID.