Coming off their biggest margin of victory (30 points) in the last 11 years against San Jose State Thursday, the Matadors allowed four Fresno State players to score in double figures as they fell 70-61 Sunday afternoon at the Matadome.
Despite holding the Bulldogs’ second leading scorer, forward Rosie Moult, to 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting, CSUN (5-5) couldn’t get a handle on sophomore guard Ki-Ki Moore and she scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, hitting twice from downtown.
Northridge’s defensive struggles against Fresno State (7-3) didn’t stop there. They also allowed both guard Taylor Thompson and backup center Veronica Wilson to score 11 points apiece on a combined 9-of-16 shooting. Wilson, who only played 20 minutes, made five of her eight attempts from the field while Thompson led the game with seven assists.
Offensively, the Matadors couldn’t find their rhythm. Led by a trio of 12-point scorers — freshman guard Ashlee Guay, junior forward Violet Alama and freshman center Camille Mahlknecht — CSUN was held to just 61 points on 43 percent shooting.
CSUN committed 20 turnovers compared to the Bulldogs’ 11, which gave Fresno State an advantage of 14 in the points-off-turnovers department.
After a layup by CSUN’s Alama, Northridge was only down 51-49 with 11:20 left in the game, but the Bulldogs responded with a 19-12 run to close out the game.