Matadors struggle again, losing streak hits three


Sophomore Tessa Boagni notched 10 rebounds in the Matadors’ 27-point win over the California State University, Fullerton Titans on Jan. 30. (File Photo / Raul Martinez / The Sundial)

David Yapkowitz

The CSUN women’s basketball team remained without a win as they fell to the University of San Diego Toreros 86-64 on Tuesday night.

CSUN head coach Jason Flowers had hinted about a possible change in the starting lineup following the loss to Saint Mary’s University. While the Matadors did make a change and trotted out their third different lineup in as many games, it still was not enough.

The loss is the third consecutive for the Matadors who once again struggled defensively. They trailed for most of the game and fell behind by as many as 30 points.

The Toreros shot 46.6 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from behind the arc. They pounded the Matadors in the paint, outscoring them 32-14.

On the offensive end, the Matadors were unable to put the ball in the basket, shooting only 37.1 percent from the field. They also struggled to hold on the ball, turning it over 24 times which lead to 28 points by the Toreros.

Rebounding was also an issue as the Matadors gave up 19 second chance points as compared to their nine.

Despite the loss, the Matadors saw big performances from a couple of freshman. Guard Nautica Morrow led the team in scoring with 18 points and added eight rebounds, two assists, and four steals. Center Channon Fluker finished with 11 points, six rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

The Toreros were led by senior guard Malina Hood who had a game high 25 points. She shot 60 percent from the field, including 55.6 percent from the three point line.

The Matadors will look to end their losing streak as they continue their road trip with games at the University of Idaho on Nov. 20 and at Eastern Washington University on Nov. 22.

They will return home on Nov. 28 for the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Basketball Classic against Pennsylvania State University.