After a good shooting night that resulted in a win against Santa Clara, the Matadors (4-3) couldn’t keep their momentum going as they shot 32 percent from the field in a 73-63 loss to San Jose State (3-3) to close out the first road trip of the season.
Northridge went into halftime with a 29-24 lead but a jumpshot by Spartans’ Alexis Hill sparked a 9-0 that gave San Jose State a four point lead just four minutes into the second half.
Later in the half, San Jose State went on another big run (13-0) behind the scoring of opposing forwards Riana Byrd and Emily Schill to give them a lead in which they never looked back on.
The Matadors were buried by their inability to hit outside shots, going just 6 of 25 from beyond the arc. Northridge’s two leading scorers — freshman forward Marta Masonia and sophomore guard Janae Sharpe — combined for 29 points on 28 percent shooting from the field. Sharpe also finished with three rebounds and three steals in her second game back.
Masoni, who has shot 49 3-pointers in the first seven games, is shooting a blazing 40.8 percent from downtown despite going 3 of 11 in Saturday’s loss. She’s averaging 14.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game on the season.
Sophomore guard Randi Friess also had a bad shooting night as she finished with six points, hitting two out of her 10 attempts (1 for 6 from downtown). She also nabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Offensively, CSUN’s one bright spot was sophomore guard Ashlee Guay, who had a good all-around game, putting up 11 points, six assists and five steals on 55 percent shooting.
Northridge was outrebounded 47-38 as they allowed Byrd to haul in a game-high 19 rebounds, but they pounded the offensive glass, grabbing 18 offensive rebounds to the Spartans’ 17.
The Matadors return home Wednesday when they face off against San Francisco.