The Georgia Southern University women’s basketball team fell to California State University Northridge 70-58 on Tuesday.
Cal. State’s junior guard Cinnamon Lister put up 19 points with four assists and two steals leading the Matadors. Junior guard Ashlee Guay racked up 16 points with nine rebounds and junior center Camile Mahlknect had a game-high 17 rebounds, making it hard for the Eagles to keep up.
“They’re a really good ball club and we knew it was going to have to be sustained tremendous defensive effort for forty minutes. Unfortunately for us we wore down and they took advantage of it,” head coach Chris Vozab said.
GSU’s junior guard Anna Claire Knight had a career high with 28 points. While senior guard Lacie Dowling only put up eight points accompanied with five rebounds, sophomore forward/guard Briana Jones collected team high 11 rebounds.
Knight and Dowling sparked an 8-2 run with triples, the Eagles also put up eight more points to stretch the one point lead to 28-19. A triple sunk by Guay cut the lead to six; the Matadors went on to score the last four points of the half.
Trailing by three at halftime, Lister ignited a 12-2 run to start the second half. Consecutive triples by Knight brought the eagles back within one, but the Eagles could not hold on as the Matadors created a big gap with a 20-4 run.
The Eagles held Cal. State to just 23.3 percent shooting in the first half, keeping the Matadors to just 2-for-14 from the outside. GSU couldn’t keep the pressure on as the Matadors exploded in the second half, shooting for 63 percent while holding the Eagles to just 26.7 percent making it difficult for the Eagles to keep up.
“In the second half we let them make a couple runs that we couldn’t bounce back from, that’s something we gotta learn from, not give up, not back down,” Knight said.
The Eagles open a four-game road trip against Jacksonville University Sunday at 1 p.m.