December 2, 2010

Northridge Travels for Contests at UTEP and New Mexico State

Dec. 2, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Matadors Face Miners and Aggies In Search of First Victory

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-7) heads out on the road for its next two games, contests at UTEP and New Mexico State. Northridge enters December optimistic that the progress it has made through its first seven games will result in the team's first of many victories in the 2010-11 season.

Last week, Northridge dropped three tough home games. As part of its home tournament, Jasmine Erving recorded a pair of double-doubles and she tied a career high in both games with 13 rebounds. Against LMU, Erving recorded her third-straight game in double-figures, scoring a team-high 15 points. She is averaging 10.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in her third season at Northridge.

Janelle Nomura also put together a nice week at home. Against Chattanooga, she scored a career-high 24 points, including a 13-of-14 performance at the free throw line. Nomura then added 12 points against LMU to raise her season average to 8.7 ppg. For the season, she is 29-of-37 (.784) from the free throw line.

In UTEP and New Mexico State, Northridge faces another pair of tough tests. The Miners are 4-2 overall, though they lost their last contest, 59-56, to Arkansas. Gloria Brown leads the team in scoring at 13.2 ppg and Kayla Thornton is averaging 11.2 ppg and 8.0 rpg. The Miners are averaging over 44 rebounds per game and have recorded 32 blocked shots through their first six contests.

NMSU is 5-3 overall and lost to New Mexico, 58-49, Wednesday night. The Aggies took an 80-75, overtime decision over UTEP and have won three of their past four after the game against the Lobos. Jasmine Lowe leads the team in scoring at 14.0 ppg and she also has 26 steals on the season, an average of 3.3 per game.

CSUN's Own Dr. J

Junior Jasmine Erving recorded her third-straight game in double-figures, finishing with a team-high 15 points against LMU. She also 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 10.7 ppg and ranks second on the team and eighth in the Big West at 6.0 rpg. Finally, Erving checks in at 10th in the league in field goal percentage (.413) and seventh in blocked shots (1.4 bpg).

Roses are Blue, Violets are Matador Red

Sophomore Violet Alama continues to lead the Matadors in scoring, averaging 15.1 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 7.1 rebounds per game. Alama also ranks fourth in steals (1.6), sixth in field goal percentage (.476), eighth in blocks (1.0 bpg) and fifth in minutes (33.4 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 finished with 12 points against LMU, her third game in double-figures this season. She had 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 8.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 2.7 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 .784 (29-of-37). She earned All-Big West Freshman Team honors a season ago.

Haley's Comet

Freshman Haley White continues to lead the league in assists, dishing out 27 dimes through CSUN's first even games for an average of 3.9 per game. She also ranks fifth in the Big West Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.1 (27 A, 24 TO). Additionally, White is averaging 3.4 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 six games.

Hawaiian Punch

Senior Analee Viena-Lota enters Friday's game against the Miners averaging a career-high 7.0 points and 6.0 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 (.333, 6-of-18). 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 428 career rebounds, Viena-Lota is 58 away from cracking the CSUN career Top 10.

Seattle's Finest

Sophomore Amanda Thomson leads the Matadors in 3-pointers through six games, connecting on 9-of-26 (.346) attempts from downtown. She is also averaging a career-high 7.7 points and is shooting .488 (21-of-43) from the field. In the season opener against Pepperdine, Thomson knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers.

Scheduling Story

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.

Scouting UTEP

The Miners enter Friday's contest with a 4-2 record by averaging 74.0 points through their first six games. Gloria Brown leads the team in scoring at average of 13.2 points-per-game. She is shooting 66 percent from the field and is also averaging 6.5 rebounds per game. Dietra Caldwell leads the team with 23 assists and is averaging 11.8 ppg. Kayla Thornton is averaging 11.2 ppg and a team-best 8.0 rpg. As a team, UTEP is shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from 3-point range. The Miners have already defeated UC Irvine of the Big West Conference, though they have also yet to play a game outside of El Paso.

Scouting New Mexico State

The Aggies enter Sunday's contest at 5-3 overall after losing 58-49 to New Mexico Wednesday night. Four Aggies are averaging in double-figures, led by Jasmine Lowe's 14.0 points. She is also averaging 2.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and leads the team with 26 steals. Madison Spence is posting 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists while Tabytha Wampler is averaging a double-double at 12.5 points and 10.0 rebounds. As a team, NMSU is shooting 40.8 percent from the field and 34 percent from 3-point range.

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