CSUN falls to No. 11 Stanford


Channon Fluker(M) powers her way through as she is guarded by San Diego’s Aubrey Ward-El(R) and Tayla Hepburn(L) on Nov. 14. (Daniel Valencia/The Sundial/File Photo)

Diego Marquez

The CSUN Matadors (2-2) fell to the Stanford Cardinals 88-54 Sunday afternoon as they finished their northern California road trip.

Heading into the Sunday matchup, the Matadors just came off a historic comeback win against Fresno State on Friday and had high hopes as they headed to Palo Alto.

The Cardinals, however, had other plans. Coming off a heartbreaking loss against Gonzaga, No. 11 Stanford proved too much down low for the Matadors as the Cardinals scored 52 points in the paint and 27 came off of second-chance points.

The Cardinals shot 47.8 percent from the field, while holding the Matadors to 32.4 percent from the field and a dismal 3-19 from behind the arc.

The Matadors showed some fight as the two leading scorers for the team were freshman.

Guard Hayley Tanabe continued her hot streak through the road trip scoring a team-high of 16 points and seven rebounds while like-minded rookie Lizzy Tonks chipped in 10 points and three rebounds.

The two freshman have proved to be prize recruits early in the season as they are averaging 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists and 9.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists, respectively.

Going forward, the Matadors hope to build on the early season success of their freshman starters.

In order for the Matadors to rebound from this defeat, they will need bigger contributions from their bench, as they were outscored 44-14 against Stanford.

CSUN looks to shake off this performance as they will host the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Basketball Classic 2016 this upcoming weekend on Nov. 25 and 26. They welcome three east coast teams from Delaware, Detroit-Mercy, and perennial power-house Michigan State to the Matadome.

The Matadors will face off against Detroit-Mercy on Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. as the second game of the double-header and will follow up the next day against either Delaware or Michigan State depending on if they win or lose.