Northridge wants first road win of season

Eric Gonzalez

The Matador women’s basketball team (4-13, 1-3 Big West) travels to Cal State Fullerton (6-9, 3-2) tonight in hopes of breaking an 0-9 record on the road this season. They are coming off a big overtime win against the Long Beach State 49ers on Saturday.

‘That game was very important,’ Head Coach Staci Schulz said. ‘It was important for us to come back and I’m proud of our performance.’

That was their first conference win of the season and their fourth overall. The Matadors have already surpassed their win-record of last season, which was only one.

Tonight, the Matadors will need a big performance from freshman, center Jasmine Erving. Against the 49ers, she put up a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds. That set a career-high in scoring for her and it was also her second career double-double. Erving credits her performance to the guard play and good passes in the post, giving her easy scoring opportunities.

Schulz said Erving is doing a nice job as a freshman and they are trying to build around her.

Another player who’s been hot is Tonicia Tademy.

‘(Tademy) is a phenomenal player and probably one of the best point guards to play at CSUN,’ Schulz said.

With these two working the inside-out game, it should be an exciting one at the Titan’s gym.

Date: Tonight
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Titan Gym, Fullerton
Series: Titans lead 26-5
Last Meeting: Feb. 28, 2008, CSUN 55 @ Titans 59

Interesting Fact: The Matadors haven’t beaten the Titans since March 9, 2006. In that occasion, they played each other at the Big West Tournament in Anaheim, where CSUN eventually lost to UC Santa Barbara.

Matador to watch:
Freshman Jasmine Erving, center

Erving is coming off a 25-point game against Long Beach State on Saturday. She also had 11 rebounds, giving her the second double-double of her rookie season. As for tonight’s game, Jasmine said she’s excited to be able to play in her hometown of Orange County. She hopes to put up similar numbers against the No. 5 team in the Big West Conference. In Jasmine’s words: ‘It should be a really good game.’

Titan to watch:
Freshman Megan Richardson, guard

After falling short to Pacific Saturday, the Titans are looking to grab a win at home. Richardson is coming off a 21-point game, which set a career high for the freshman. She is averaging 15 points in the last four games, which has been instrumental so that her team could break even in those outings. This rookie has only been getting better. In her last three games, she scored 15 points against Cal Poly, then18 against UC Davis and finally 21 against the Tigers.

What did she say?
Staci Schulz, Head Coach
On tonight’s matchup:

‘ ‘We’re looking at two even teams. We’ve beat teams they haven’t and they’ve beat teams we haven’t. It’ll be a battle at their place.’