December 28, 2007

Northridge Continues Homestand with Tilt Against Fresno State


Northridge Continues Homestand with Tilt Against Fresno State
This Week's Matador Women's Basketball Release



NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (0-9) continues its season-long four-game homestand Sunday when the Fresno State Bulldogs (3-8) come calling to the Matadome for a 4 p.m. contest. So far this season, senior Katie Holloway is on pace to post new career highs in points per game (10.3), rebounds per game (7.0) and minutes per game (25.6).

Holloway, a native from Lake Stevens, Wash., and the subject of a feature story in the Dec. 24 edition of the Los Angeles Times, currently stands in a tie for fourth in the Big West Conference with her seven rebounds per game and trails only teammate junior Crystal Hahs in blocked shots with 11 on the season, an average of 1.4 per game.

Junior Whitney Ligon continues to lead the Matadors in scoring, averaging 11.1 points per contest. In Northridge's last game, a 69-65 loss to Cal State Bakersfield, Ligon scored 11 points and knocked down a season-high six free throws. She is currently ninth in the league with a .719 free throw percentage (23-of-32).

The story of Bakersfield game was freshman Analee Viena-Lota, who came off the bench to score a team-high 21 points in just 26 minutes. She successfully knocked down 9-of-12 shots and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Additionally, Viena-Lota pulled down a season-high nine rebounds in the game, including five on the offensive glass. For the season, Viena-Lota is averaging 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Another player who made an impact off the bench against the Roadrunners was Hahs, who finished with a career-high 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. She also finished with a season-high five blocks and five rebounds and leads the Big West Conference with 19 rejections on the season, an average of 2.1 per game.

Fresno State (3-8) enters Sunday's contest fresh off a 81-58 victory over Sacramento State on Dec. 20. Senior Teirre Wilson scored a team-high 20 points for the Bulldogs while freshman Jaleesa Ross added 15 points and three assists in the victory.

Wilson is the team's top scorer, averaging 17.5 per game. She is the team's only double-digit scorer and is also averaging 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Freshman Hayley Munro is the Bulldogs' top rebounder, pulling down 5.7 per contest and is one of four Fresno St. players averaging seven points a game, scoring 7.5 per game.

Following the tilt against Fresno State, the Matadors continue their homestand by opening Big West play with a game against Cal Poly on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m., followed by a game against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 5 at 4 p.m.

Due to some technical issues with Oline Sports, the Fresno State and Cal Poly games will not be available on gomatadors.com. Fans can access the games on bigwest.tv to both watch and hear the play-by-play of Sam Farber. Radio broadcasts on gomatadors.com should resume for the Jan. 5 against UC Santa Barbara.

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