CSUN’s women basketball team continues to fall in the Big West

Michael Johnson

Katrina Thompson scored seven points in a loss over UCSB Saturday afternoon. Photo Credit: Sarah Smith/ Staff Photographer

It looks like the Matador’s (3-15, 1-7 Big West) dream of winning a conference title is fading away quickly after suffering back-to-back road losses to Long beach State 65-40, Thursday night and falling to UC Santa Barbara 69-55 Saturday afternoon.

Northridge did not get the memo that they have to win in order to claim the conference title, as they have been doing a lot of losing lately.

The Matador women have now suffered three straight blowout defeats, since their amazing win over one of the top teams in the Big West, Cal State Fullerton.

The last two losses have revealed that the Matadors have some serious basketball issues and it looks like they are running out of time to fix them.

In Thursday’s game against the 49ers the Matadors had their usual slow start. They fell behind 20-6 to start the game and could never recover.

Northridge saw the lead grow to as many as 28 points because of the 49ers three-point shooting. They hit 16, 3-point shots to give them a 43-16 lead heading into halftime.

However, the CSUN women’s team tried to comeback. They contained the 49ers to 22 points in the second half but their offense could never get going due to their 24 turnovers in the game.
Nevertheless, the Matadors would have a chance to bounce back in their next game against UCSB.

Neeta Sreekanth had a good game coming off the bench and kept the Matadors in the game against the Gauchos. She had a season-high 14 points, five rebounds and two assists.

“It is coming together for her. She could really take off,” CSUN head coach Staci Schulz said.

The Matadors have a chance to get back on track against UC Riverside. The game will be Thursday and tip is planned for 7 p.m. at the Matadome.