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Softball: Matadors have another 0-5 weekend in Las Vegas

Alonso Tacanga

February 20, 2012

Things couldn’t get worse for CSUN after it started its season by going 0-5 while being outscored 50-5 at the Kajikawa Classic a week ago. Unfortunately for them, things didn’t get better either. CSUN followed up a more-than-inauspicious season-opening weekend with an equally-poor trip to Las...

Men’s basketball: Matadors beat Cal Poly in rematch, get revenge for embarrassing loss

Men’s basketball: Matadors beat Cal Poly in rematch,  get revenge for embarrassing loss

Alonso Tacanga

February 16, 2012

As the last seconds of Wednesday night’s vendetta game against Cal Poly wound down, three Mustangs stared at CSUN guard Josh Greene dribbling into the heart of their defense. The game was out of reach. Cal Poly had already waved the white flag, but Greene looked like he wanted to pour some more s...

Softball: Matadors look for first win as team travels to Las Vegas

Alonso Tacanga

February 16, 2012

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: the Matadors had a disastrous start to their 2012 season under second-year head coach Tairia Flowers. CSUN (0-5) dropped all five of its games at the Kajikawa Classic in Arizona last weekend. Three of its rivals were top-20 teams in the nation, but the Matadors were...

Valentine’s Feature: Married Matador coaches Jason and Tairia Flowers make home/work relationship work

Valentine’s Feature: Married Matador coaches Jason and Tairia Flowers make home/work relationship work

Alonso Tacanga

February 13, 2012

A month into his head-coaching tenure with the CSUN women’s basketball program, Jason Flowers received some news that made him feel like he was in a movie. His wife, Tairia Flowers, had just been named the head coach of the CSUN softball team. “When it went down,” Jason said of the sum...

Men’s volleyball: No. 4 Cardinal outduel Matadors down the stretch

Men’s volleyball: No. 4 Cardinal outduel Matadors down the stretch

Alonso Tacanga

February 12, 2012

It's not exactly a secret that the Matadors have been a completely different team this season when playing at home in contrast to when playing on the road. Heading into Saturday’s matchup against No. 4 Stanford, CSUN was 3-0 at the Matadome, 1-6 anywhere else. That standard of home vigor remained a...

Men’s basketball: CSUN looks to avoid letdown in Davis

Men’s basketball: CSUN looks to avoid letdown in Davis

Alonso Tacanga

February 9, 2012

To say the Aggies are struggling in 2011-12 would be a bit of an understatement. Boasting a 1-21 record that includes not a single win against a Division-I opponent, not many can be faulted for considering UC Davis the laughing stock of the Big West Conference. And that is the exact reason CSUN head coach ...

Men’s basketball: Matadors’ defense not close to good enough against Gauchos in home loss

Men’s basketball: Matadors’ defense not close to good enough against Gauchos in home loss

Alonso Tacanga

February 3, 2012

As the season has progressed, the Matadors’ defensive effort has improved in such manner that at times it has pleased the sometimes-seemingly-unpleasable Bobby Braswell. Even as the Matadors lost by 46 points at Cal Poly on Jan. 21, Braswell showed satisfaction over his team’s effort and scrappiness. ...

Men’s basketball: Matadors fight valiantly before Fullerton’s clutch layup sinks them

Men’s basketball: Matadors fight valiantly before Fullerton’s clutch layup sinks them

Alonso Tacanga

January 27, 2012

Going down the wire in a seesaw battle between teams in the opposite poles of the Big West Conference standings Thursday night, it was Cal State Fullerton’s turn at attempting to swing up on the scoreboard, and guard Kwame Vaughn delivered with a head-first driving layup to put his team up two. Given only 3.8 seconds to shoot back, the Matadors were in a dan...

Men’s volleyball: Matadors’ poor passing gives them no chance at No. 3 UCLA

Men’s volleyball: Matadors’ poor passing gives them no chance at No. 3 UCLA

Alonso Tacanga

January 25, 2012

Westwood – Despite just having gotten swept emphatically by No. 3 UCLA, CSUN outside hitter Julius Hoefer showed a lot of conviction in expressing most of the credit for the Bruins’ victory Wednesday night belonged to the Matadors. “They (the Bruins) didn’t really beat us, we beat ourselves,” sai...

Men’s volleyball: CSUN overcomes deficits to get by LBSU in five

Men’s volleyball: CSUN overcomes deficits to get by LBSU in five

Alonso Tacanga

January 21, 2012

A mistake-filled first set gave the impression the Matadors would be in for a long night (or a very short one) against No. 8 Long Beach State Friday night at the Matadome. On its way to a 25-15 first-set loss, CSUN had practically given the frame away by recording eight serving errors. “Missing serv...

Men’s basketball: CSUN’s rally falls short in conference opener against UC Irvine

Men’s basketball: CSUN’s rally falls short in conference opener against UC Irvine

Alonso Tacanga

December 29, 2011

CSUN guard Josh Greene has seen what the Matadors are capable of doing when they click. Thursday night against UC Irvine, he saw it again. But for only one half. Again. “If we put together two halves, then we can be pretty good,” Greene said. What was a tale of two different halves against the Anteaters was the tale of the season for the ...

Men’s basketball: Weird night as CSUN uses second-half defense to blast undermanned Pacifica

Men’s basketball: Weird night as CSUN uses second-half defense to blast undermanned Pacifica

Alonso Tacanga

December 17, 2011

There were less than 20 minutes to go until tip-off of what eventually became a 99-58 CSUN win over Pacifica College Saturday night at the Matadome when CSUN head coach Bobby Braswell received some alarming news. Pacifica didn’t have enough players to start the game. “They were telling me, ‘Coach, they o...

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