The CSUN women’s basketball team won 88-84 in overtime against the Long Beach State 49ers on Saturday and finished the winter break with three wins and three losses to add to their overall 4-13 record and 1-3 Big West Conference record.
Freshman Jasmine Erving helped lead the team to victory by scoring 25 points. She also had 11 rebounds, which brought her to her second career double-double. She is averaging 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season.
Another standout in the win was Katrina Thompson.
Thompson scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. These numbers set new highs for the junior.’
This game not only helped bring them back into the semester with a victory but also snapped a 21-game losing streak to Big West teams. Their last win against a conference opponent had occurred in March of 2007, when they defeated Cal Poly.
The Matadors are nine games below .500, but compared to last year’s 1-26 season, they are headed towards a brighter future.
In their first win of the break, against Eastern Washington on Dec. 22, it was Ashley Blake who stood out by hitting a 3-pointer with a few minutes left in the game to give the Matadors a 47-41 lead. CSUN ended up with a 54-47 win.
The win put the Matadors at 2-10 before their home match against Columbia on Dec. 28.
Whitney Ligon was the standout that night. The senior led Northridge with 22 points, all of which she scored in the second half of the Matadors” 74-64 win.
The win streak ended there, though, and their next game started another streak, a losing one.
The Matadors lost their next three games, all conference ones.
The first loss was a 63-58 decision in Stockton against Pacific on Jan. 2. Senior Tonicia Tademy scored a career-high 19 points in the loss. CSUN attempted to rally back but fell short to the Tigers.
The next loss came at the hands of UC Davis two days later. The Aggies won by a score of 86-66.
Four of their players finished in double-digits scoring. Ashley Blake and Analee Viena-Lota finished with 19 and 12 points respectively while Ligon and Thompson chipped in 11 points apiece.
The next game brought their third straight loss in conference, to UC Riverside, 72-62.
Tademy set a career-high in scoring with 24 points and with the help of Ligon, the two combined for 43 of the team’s total game points.
On Wednesday, CSUN will face Cal State Fullerton.