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Matadors Fall to Gamecocks in Opening Round of NCAA Tournament

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The season is over for the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team following a 73-58 defeat at the hands of South Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon. The result may not come as a shock to most people as the number 1 seeded Gamecocks were heavy favorites over the number 16 seeded Matadors. Still, the seeding differential does little to comfort a Northridge team that worked so hard all season long but will now have to watch the remainder of the tournament from home.

The Matadors were lead on offense by junior guard Janae Sharpe who ended the game with 26 points, the most of any player in the entire game. Her contributions helped Northridge keep the game competitive down the stretch but ultimately the Gamecocks pulled away and claimed a double-digit victory. The South Carolina squad was offensively lead by sophomore guard Tiffany Mitchell, the SEC player of the year, who finished with 24 points. The Gamecocks now advance to the round of 32 where they will face Oregon State on Tuesday night.

Though the loss surely hurts right now the Matadors have no reason to hang their heads. They had a terrific season in which they finished with the best overall record in the Big West and won the conference tournament to claim the Big West title. With most of their current roster expected to return next season, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team has a bright future ahead of it.