Nov. 30, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Matadors Face Lions In Search of First Victory
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-6) remains at home for its next game, a non-conference meeting with Loyola Marymount of the West Coast Conference. The game will be the 14th in the all-time series between the two schools, though LMU has won the past four meetings.
CSUN enters Tuesday's game still in search of its first win of the season. Last week, the Matadors dropped a pair of home games at the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2010. On Nov. 26, Northridge dropped a tough 67-58 contest to Wichita State. The next day, Northridge suffered a 74-68 setback to Chattanooga. Jasmine Erving had double-doubles in both games for the Matadors, finishing with 15 points and 13 rebounds off the bench against the Shockers and adding 16 points and 13 rebounds against Lady Mocs. She earned all-tournament honors for her performance.
Also in the tournament, sophomore Janelle Nomura scored a career-high 24 points and five field goals against Chattanooga. She hit 13-of-14 free throws against the Lady Mocs, the most makes at the charity stripe by an individual in the Big West Conference this season. Freshman Haley White added a season-high six assists against the Lady Mocs and continues to lead the Big West Conference in her rookie season.
LMU enters Tuesday's game 3-3 overall and owning a 10-3 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools. Alex Cowling leads the team in scoring at 22.5 ppg while shooting 45.6 percent (52-of-114) from the field. She is also averaging a team-best 8.5 rebounds and has 15 steals on the season. Both Hazel Ramirez and Candice Nichols are averaging over 12 points through the Lions' first six games. Nichols leads the team in assists (23) and the Lions are forcing opponents into over 20 turnovers per game.
CSUN's Own Dr. J
Junior Jasmine Erving had back-to-back double-doubles in the Matadors' games at the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2010, earning all-tournament team honors. Against Wichita State, she came off the bench to score 15 points and tie a career high with 13 rebounds. The next day, she posted a 16-point, 13-rebound performance against Chattanooga. For the season, she ranks second on the team at an average of 10.0 ppg and ranks second on the team and eighth in the Big West at 6.7 rpg. Finally, Erving checks in at 10th in the league in field goal percentage (.409) and seventh in blocked shots (1.7 bpg).
Roses are Blue, Violets are Matador Red
Sophomore Violet Alama continues to lead the Matadors in scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game, the second-best average in the Big West Conference. She also leads the team and checks in at fourth in the league in rebounding at 7.3 rebounds per game. Alama also ranks fourth in steals (1.8), sixth in field goal percentage (.473), eighth in blocks (1.2 bpg) and fifth in minutes (34.0 per game). Against Eastern Michigan, Alama had a career-high 32 points and 11 rebounds. The 32 points and 12 field goals against Eastern Michigan are the second-most by an individual in the Big West conference this season.
CSUN's Flyin Hawaiian
Sophomore Janelle Nomura scored a career-high 24 points in the Matadors' loss to Chattanooga. In the game against the Lady Mocs, she also had a career-high five field goals and knocked down 13-of-14 free throws. For the season, she is averaging 8.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists, the 10th-highest average in the Big West Conference. The free-throw performance against UTC also helped her vault into fifth in the league in free throw shooting at .774 (24-of-31). She earned All-Big West Freshman Team honors a season ago.
Freshman Haley White continues to lead the league in assists, dishing out 26 dimes through CSUN's first six games for an average of 4.3 per game. She also ranks fifth in the Big West Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.2 (26 A, 21 TO). Additionally, White is averaging 3.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. She dished out a season-high six assists in the Matadors' loss to Chattanooga, giving her at least five assists in four of CSUN's past five games.
Senior Analee Viena-Lota enters Tuesday night's game against the Lions averaging a career-high 8.2 points and 6.3 rebounds in her final season at Northridge. The rebounding average ranks 10th in the Big West Conference and she also checks in at eighth in the league in 3-point field goal percentate (.375, 6-of-16). Viena-Lota recorded her seventh career double-double in the Matadors' game against Oregon State, finishing with 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. The 16 rebounds are the second-most by an individual in the Big West Conference this season. With 424 career rebounds, Viena-Lota is 62 away from cracking the CSUN career Top 10.
Sophomore Amanda Thomson leads the Matadors in 3-pointers through six games, connecting on 8-of-24 attempts from downtown. She is also averaging a career-high 8.2 points and is shooting .475 (19-of-40) from the field. In the season opener, Thomson knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers.
The Matadors will certainly face a strong group of competition in Coach Flowers' first season at the helm. Northridge will play a total of nine postseason teams from the 2009-10 season, including five squads that qualified for the WNIT. As a whole, CSUN's non-conference opponents posted a 257-212 (.548) record last year and four of those teams posted at least 20 wins last year.
The Lions enter Tuesday's contest with a 3-3 record, having defeated Long Beach State and Cal Poly of the Big West Conference. LMU has lost two of its past three games, though they are shooting 37.6 percent from the field and are averaging 42.2 rebounds per game. LMU's defense is allowing only 62.0 points per game and are forcing over 20 turnovers per contest. CSUN's last win in the series came on Nov. 22, 1997, a 75-63 victory at The Matadome.