Cal Poly Pomona Stuns Northridge in Overtime, 76-72
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team lost to Cal Poly Pomona, 76-72, in overtime in an exhibition contest at the Matadome Friday night. The Matadors struggled with their shooting percentage, hitting only on 29 percent of their field goals (20-of-69) and hit only 14 percent of their field goals (5-35) in the second half.
Four Matadors finished in double figures for the game, led by junior Whitney Ligon's 15 points. In her first appearance in a Northridge uniform, Ligon added four rebounds and two assists in the contest. Senior Katie Holloway and junior Tonicia Tademy each finished with 12 points in the game. Holloway grabbed 11 rebounds to post a double-double while Tademy dished out five assists. Junior Ashley Blake was the final Matador to reach double figures, finishing with 10 points and four boards.
The Matadors jumped out to a 17 point lead with 4:09 remaining in the first half, but scored only 15 points in the second half, including 1-of-12 from beyond the three-point line. Northridge also had problems at the free throw line, connecting on 59.6 percent (28-of-47) of its opportunities.
The game was a back-and-forth affair that featured eight ties and 13 lead changes. Northridge forced 35 Bronco turnovers, which it converted into 25 points. Pomona also created opportunities on defense, scoring 32 points off 30 Northridge turnovers.
Northridge led at halftime, 44-35, behind 13 points from Ligon and six from junior Crystal Hahs, who finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.
Vanessa Dominguez led Pomona with 15 points and added a game-high 14 rebounds. IN all, eight different Bronco players scored over five points in the game.
Northridge hosts The Master's College on Nov. in its final exhibition game of the season. The game tips off at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a men's basketball game also against The Master's College.