Matadors’ struggles continue in Irvine

Debby von Winckelmann

The CSUN women’s basketball team’s struggles continued at the Bren Center Thursday night where the Matadors lost to the UC Irvine Anteaters 70-55.

Junior Crystal Hahs scored a team-high 15 points and had four blocks, bringing her total blocks for the season to 43, which ties her for second all-time in single-season blocks. Hahs holds the all-time record in career blocks with 103.

Freshman Analee Viena-Lota scored her first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

“She’s given a pretty consistent performance and she will continue to grow,” said head coach Staci Schulz. “She has a nice natural touch on the ball.”

Senior center Katie Holloway scored nine points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots, but her minutes were limited by early foul trouble.

“We had to shift everyone over one spot,” Schulz said. “Katrina Thompson did a nice job of filling in at the four spot and Crystal moved into the five spot.”

The Matadors were cold from three-point range, shooting just 1-for-11 in the game. Junior Whitney Ligon, the team’s primary three-point shooter continues to draw heavy defense, limiting her shooting, said Schulz.

For UC Irvine, Kelly Cochran and Stephanie Duda both scored double-doubles in the game. Cochran scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, while Duda scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Miranda Forry scored 15 and Annie Mai scored 10.

The Anteaters shot 40.9 percent from the field, while the Matadors shot 37.3 percent. UC Irvine out rebounded CSUN 47 to 38 and committed fewer turnovers, 16 to 19 by the Matadors.

CSUN continued its road trip, playing Fullerton Saturday night. Game results were not available at press time.