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Things have been looking up for the Cal State Northridge women’s basketball team.

A 62-56 overtime win against Cal State Fullerton last night at Titan Gym put the Matadors in first place in the Big West Conference.

This is a dramatic turnaround for a team that has struggled for years and finished last season at the bottom of the conference with only four wins. But, in only his second season as head coach, Jason Flowers has been able to build the Matadors into a worthy opponent.

Voted to finish seventh by the media in the Big West preseason poll, Northridge’s improvement is probably surprising a lot of people.

The Matadors recorded their biggest victory in 11 years with a 30-point win over San Jose State on Dec. 7. Northridge also got it’s first-ever win against a Big East team on Nov. 27 when the Matadors beat West Virginia in the championship game of the Thanksgiving Basketball Classic.

Now halfway through the conference schedule, this Northridge squad boasts the best start since joining the Big West and the best start in prior conference play since the 1998-1999 season.

Northridge senior Jasmine Erving is the team’s scoring and rebounding leader, averaging 14 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Against Fullerton last night, Erving recorded her ninth double-double this season, scoring 14 points and pulling down 12 rebounds.

Freshmen, Ashlee Guay has also helped to propel the Matadors to the top of the conference. Guay hit seven consecutive 3-pointers on Jan. 19 to tie the Division 1 school record and she currently sits atop the NCAA for the most consecutive 3-pointers this season. Guay also leads the Big West with 76 assists and 67 steals.

Guay and fellow freshman Janae Sharpe each scored 10 points in last night’s contest.

Before starting the second half of conference play next week, the Matadors will play a non-conference home game against Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m.

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