Women’s basketball returns home for Thanksgiving tournament


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 will finally return home after a three game road trip.

The Matadors lost all three road games and are without a win so far, posting a record of 0-4. The team will host the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Basketball Classic.

The tournament will begin on Friday, Nov. 27. The first game is scheduled for 5 p.m. and will feature the Brigham Young University Lady Cougars against the University of Georgia Lady Bulldogs. The second game is scheduled for 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game and will feature the Matadors against the Pennsylvania State University Lady Lions.

The Matadors come into the tournament averaging 58.0 points per game and shooting 33.1 percent from the field and 22. 4 percent from the three point line. They are allowing 88.8 points per game and letting opponents shoot 49.6 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from behind the arc.

They have also been getting out-rebounded by opponents, 45.3 to 34.5, and have been giving up 21.5 turnovers per game.

Leading the way for the Matadors has been sophomore center Tessa Boagni who is averaging 13.0 points per game on 50 percent shooting. She is also leading the team in free throw shooting at 92.3 percent and is second on the team in rebounding with six a game.

Freshman center Channon Fluker has also stepped up, showing a nice touch around the rim and is second on the team in scoring with 8.3 points per game. She is leading the team in blocked shots with 1.25 per game and is their top rebounder with 6.3 per game.

The Matadors first opponent, the Penn State Lady Lions, come into the tournament with a record of 4-1. Junior forward Peyton Whitted is leading the way for the Lady Lions, averaging a double double on the season. She is first on the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game and first in rebounding with 13.3. She is also shooting 52.1 percent from the field.

The BYU Lady Cougars come in to the tournament with a 2-2 record. They are led by senior guard Lexi Rydalch who is averaging 22.8 points per game on 40.9 percent shooting. She is also shooting 44.4 percent from the three point line.

Lastly, the Georgia Lady Bulldogs enter the tournament with a 3-1 record. They are led by senior forward Merritt Hempe who is averaging 16.3 points per game on 63 percent shooting. She is also first on the team in blocked shots with 1.67 per game.

Following the tournament, the Matadors will host the San Diego State Aztecs on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. before heading out on a four game road trip for the rest of December.