Matadors, in search of first win, travel to Eastern Washington

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CSUN head coach Jason Flowers directs freshman guard Mimi Jackson in a Nov. 6 exhibition against The Master’s College. Flowers hopes his direction can result in a win on Sunday against the Eagles. Photo credit: David Hawkins

Giovanni Garcia

With a rough start, CSUN will look to get its first win of the season when they visit the Eastern Washington University Eagles on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Heading into the game, CSUN’s losses are by an average margin of 37.3 points point per game, but the matchup against the Eagles should be a close game that CSUN can steal down the stretch.

The team is averaging 57.7 points a game, while the Eagles average just four more points with 61.7.

If CSUN looks to give the Eagles their first home loss, the team will have to step up their defense.

Offensively the team is shooting 30 percent but is allowing their opponents to shoot 52 percent, the team will have to contest shots as the Eagles shoot 40 percent while only allowing 36 percent.

The defense will also have to make sure to box-out and not allow any second-chance points.

The Matadors have struggled in the young season keeping their opponents off the boards, as they have been out-rebounded, with a 33.7 rebound average they currently have a -13.6 rebound margin.

Besides giving up second-chance points, CSUN will also need to cut back on turnovers.

CSUN will have to take care of the ball as the Eagles come in averaging 12.7 steals per game, while the Matadors are only averaging 10.3.

Turnovers have been an issue for the Matadors as they are averaging almost 23 turnovers a game, compare to the Eagles with 17.

The Matadors should have more opportunities at the line as the Eagles average almost 17 fouls a game.

CSUN averages 14 made free throws a game while shooting 72 percent form the charity stripe.

The team will have to start strong if they look to end their current skid.

So far the Matadors have been outscored in the first quarter by 55 points (77-22).

Leading the team in scoring and rebounds with 10.3 and six a game, CSUN sophomore forward Tessa Boagni will have to continue her strong play to give the team a chance.

Currently shooting 90 percent from the free throw line, Boagni should be able to use the Eagles aggressiveness to the Matadors’ advantage.

The Matadors conclude their 3-game road trip seeking their first win of the season this Sunday when they play at Reese Court at 1 p.m.