Nov. 24, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-4) is in Anchorage this week to participate in the Women's Great Alaska Shootout. The Matadors open the tournament Tuesday when they face the host school, Alaska-Anchorage, at 6 p.m. (AKT) before facing either Syracuse or Jackson State on Wednesday.
Sophomore Analee Viena-Lota leads the Matadors with an average of 11.8 points per game. She scored a season-high 16 points at Prairie View A&M on Nov. 16 and followed that up with a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) against San Diego on Nov. 19. She is also the team's leading rebounder, pulling down 8.3 boards per contest.
From her point guard position, senior Tonicia Tademy leads the Matadors with 20 assists on the season, an average of five per contest. She is also averaging 6.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in CSUN's four games this season. She led the Big West Conference last season with an average of 4.1 assists per game.
A pair of newcomers for Northridge also made quite an impact against Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 22. Freshmen Jasmine Erving and Bridgette Conejo each hit double digits in a key statistical category in the game, as Erving finished with a team-high 11 points while Conejo grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds.
Northridge is currently shooting 36 percent from the field for the season (90-250) while its opponents are firing at a 44.5 percent rate (101-227). CSUN must improve its free throw shooting as the Matadors are hitting on only 53.6 percent of their attempts (30-56) while opponents are at a 64.9 percent rate (72-111). CSUN grabs an average of 36.5 rebounds per game compared to 44.8 for its opponents.
The host institution for the tournament, the Anchorage-Alaska Seawolves are a Division II powerhouse, having reached the Division II national semifinals last season. They have also won the past two Women's Great Alaska Shootout. Matador assistant coach Cory O'Dell served as an assistant coach for the Seawolves for five seasons.
Rebecca Kielpinski leads the team averaging 11.2 points-per-game. She has been the tournament's MVP the last two seasons. Nicci Miller is the team's other double-figure scorer, averaging 10.2 ppg. Kielpinkski also leads the team in rebounding, averaging 9.5 boards a game and Miler is second at 7.4 rpg. Jackie Thiel is the team's top distributor, dishing out over three assists per game this season.
Tim Moser is in his third season as the head coach at UAA, having compiled a 58-12 record. He earned GNAC Coach of the Year honors after the 2006-07 season. This will be the first meeting in school history between the Seawolves and Matadors.
Northridge will find out who it plays Wednesday as part of the tournament depending upon the outcome of its game and the result of the Jackson State-Syracuse Contest. Dave Caldwell will provide play-by-play coverage of both contests on gomatadors.com.