Matadors Sweep Series From Titans, 72-64
Feb. 13, 2010
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Northridge sophomore Jasmine Erving finished with a double-double, scoring a game-high 27 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to help lead the visiting Matadors to a 72-64 victory and a regular season series sweep of Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night at Titan Gym.
The loss dropped the Titans to 11-14 overall and evened their mark at 6-6 in Big West play. The defeat is the fourth-straight to Cal State Northridge, which has swept the regular season series from Fullerton for the second consecutive season after accomplishing the feat for the first time in the history of the series last year.
Northridge improved to 4-18 overall and 2-9 in conference play with the victory.
Senior Jasmine Scott finished with a team-high 23 points and seven rebounds for the Titans, who shot just 36 percent for the game to the Matadors' 50 percent. Junior Ashley Richie came off the bench to score 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Cal State Northridge led wire-to-wire, scoring the first nine points of the game and leading by as many as 11 points in the contest with just over three minutes to play. The Matadors shot just under 52 percent in the opening half, building a 32-26 advantage, and took only 48 shots on the night.
The Titans rallied in the second half to close to within a bucket at 41-39 with 12:56 to play, but a basket by Erving and a three-pointer from Katrina Thompson on back-to-back possessions rebuilt the lead to seven points just 40 seconds later.
Six minutes later, Fullerton cut its deficit to a single point on a basket inside by Scott, but could not find a way over the hump as Northridge's defense clamped down, holding the Titans scoreless for a three-minute stretch and exploding for a 13-3 run capped by a three-pointer from Analee Viena-Lota to ice the victory.
Cal State Fullerton would get no closer than four points off a three-pointer from Scott with 1:07 to play, but the Matadors hit 9-of-10 from the line down the stretch to hold off any hopes of a Titan comeback.
Northridge outrebounded Fullerton, 36-31, and survived committing 24 turnovers on the night. The Matadors, however, did finish with 17 assists on their 24 made shots.
The Titans hit the road for their next two contests, finally closing out non-conference play on Wednesday (Feb. 17) at 7 p.m. at Cal State Bakersfield before heading to the coast to take on UC Santa Barbara on Saturday (Feb. 20) at 2 p.m.