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Women's Basketball

No. 8 Cal State Northridge, No. 6 Cal State Fullerton Advance To Quarterfinal Action

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No. 8 Cal State Northridge Upsets No. 5 UC Davis, 64-56

No. 8 seed Cal State Northridge used a late run to upset No 5 UC Davis, 64-56, Wednesday, in the first round of the Big West Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Matadors trailed 49-47 with just under four minutes to play before going on an 11-0 run. Analee Viena-Lota led CSUN (8-22) with 21 points, and Katrina Thompson added 13. Lauren Juric led UC Davis (11-18) with 14 points.

The Matadors trailed by two points at the half but started the second half on a 10-5 burst to lead 39-36 with 14:59 to play. The Aggies responded with a 6-0 run and led 42-39 at the 11:44 mark after a pair of free throws by Lisa Peterson. The teams then traded 5-0 runs, and UC Davis still led by three with 6:32 left.

Less than a minute later, Whitney Ligon went 3-for-3 from the line to tie the game at 47-47. Ligon finished with 13 points. A layup at the other end by Hana Asana gave UC Davis a 49-47 lead with 4:06 remaining.

From that point, the Matadors dominated. They went on an 11-0 run, which included three-pointers by Ashley Blake and Bridgette Conejo, and built a 58-49 lead at the 1:43 mark. The Aggies were able to get as close as 59-56 after a trey by Cortney French with 37 seconds left, but the Matadors scored the final five points. In all, CSUN outscored UC Davis, 17-7, in the final 3:50.

In the first half, the Matadors built an early six-point lead after a jumper by Viena-Lota gave them an 18-12 cushion at the 11:42 mark. UC Davis countered with a 19-4 run over the next seven minutes and led 31-22. Paige Mintun scored 11 of her 13 points during the run, which was capped off by a layup by Kasey Riecks with 4:51 left in the half. Cal State Northridge outscored UC Davis, 7-0, to close the half.

Both teams shot below 40 percent for the game. The Matadors finished at 34 percent while the Aggies shot 39 percent. CSUN outrebounded UC Davis, 40-37, including 16-9 on the offensive glass. Turnovers also hurt UC Davis, which finished with 18 compared to 11 for Cal State Northridge.

With the victory, Cal State Northridge advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals and will face No. 3 Cal Poly at 12 p.m. PDT.

No. 6 Cal State Fullerton Defeats No. 7 UC Irvine To Advance To Quarterfinals

Cal State Fullerton defeated UC Irvine, 61-43, Wednesday in the first round of the Big West Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center. The No. 6 seed Titans dominated the No. 7 Anteaters from the start and led by double figures for most of the game.  With the win, Cal State Fullerton (9-19) advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals to face No. 4 Pacific.

Toni Thomas led three Titans in double figures with a game-high 17 points and eight rebounds. The senior scored 11 points in the first half. Lauren Chow finished with 15, and Megan Richardson had 12 points. Kelly Cochrane led UC Irvine (7-23) with 12 points.

It took just six minutes and 33 seconds for Cal State Fullerton to build a 14-point lead. Lauren Chow’s jumper at the 13:27 mark of the first half made it 19-5. The Titans led 25-12 before going on a 12-0 run to take a commanding 37-12 lead with under a minute to play in the half. A three-pointer by Rebecca Maessen gave UC Irvine its first points in almost nine minutes. The Titans outscored the Anteaters, 14-3, in the final 9:19 of the half.

Cal State Fullerton shot 54 percent in the decisive first half and forced UC Irvine into 18 turnovers by the break. The Anteaters went 5-for-19 from the field in the half.

Cal State Fullerton led by as many as 30 points in the second half and was never threatened by UCI, which was unable to get closer than 18 the rest of the way.

For the game, the Titans shot 47 percent and held the Anteaters to just under 33 percent. UC Irvine finished with 22 turnovers.

Thursday’s action begins with the first quarterfinal game between No. 8 Cal State Northridge and No. 3 Cal Poly at noon. Cal State Fullerton faces Pacific 30 minutes following the conclusion of that game.