First roadie for CSUN

Michael Johnson

The Cal State Northridge women’s basketball team has not had any success at home but will try to capture their first victory of the season at San Jose State Friday night.

San Jose State may be 0-2, but it is still a road game nonetheless. Everyone knows that road games are little bit harder than home games. The crowd is against the opposing team, and every mental error is magnified.

“You really have to stay focused,” Matador Analee Viena-Lota said.

So Northridge will have to focus on a couple of details to grab a victory. First, they have to focus on defensive. The women’s team has kept up with teams offensively but has really struggled to stop teams from scoring.

San Jose State may look like an easier defensive task, but they have players that could give the Matadors fits.

Chasity Shavers a senior guard out of Lewisville Texas, has led the Spartans in scoring for the last two games. She is a bench player but is still very dangerous. They are going to have to slow her down, or it may be a long evening.

However, head coach Staci Schulz feels they have the answer for Shavers.

“She is athletic, but I think we will have answers for her,” Schulz said.

Shavers isn’t the only Spartan who can give CSUN fits. Sayja Sumler averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds last year. She has not lived up those stats this year, but Sumler is always capable of a big game.

Also, the Matadors need to focus on not losing the ball. In their last game they had 22 turnovers, which cost them the game. If they don’t cut those turnovers down on the road, they will lose for sure.

So, the Matadors are heading into a hostile environment. They are no longer in the friendly confines of their home. They will need big plays out of their stars Bridgette Conejo, Jasmine Erving and Katrina Thompson. Also, their bench will have to be sharp and play tough defense to beat the Spartans.

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