THIS WEEK (Live Video (Tuesday Only) and Audio on GoMatadors.com - Play-by-Play: Sam Farber)
Tuesday, Dec. 5 • Hawai’i • Northridge, Calif. • The Matadome • 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9 • BYU • Provo, Utah • Smith Fieldhouse • 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT
MATADORS FACE WAC AND MOUNTAIN WEST FOES
The Matadors (3-5) close out a three-game homestand on Tuesday when they host Hawai’i (3-2) at 7 p.m. before going to Provo, Utah to face BYU (4-3) on Saturday at 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT. Live audio will be available on GoMatadors.com for both games, while live video is available for Tuesday’s game only. Coverage begins 15 minutes prior to tip-off with Sam Farber at the call.
Northridge will be off from game action for seven days before returning to the court to open a five-game homestand on Sunday, Dec. 17 against Montana at 4 p.m. The Matadors also host nationally-ranked Michigan State (Dec. 22) to wrap up non-conference play before beginning Big West action with home contests against Pacific (Dec. 30), Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 4) and UC Riverside (Jan. 6).
FOLLOW THE MATADORS ONLINE
All Matador women’s basketball games can be heard live over the internet at GoMatadors.com with Sam Farber at the call. Coverage begins 15 minutes prior to tip-off with the pre-game show. For the second straight season, the Matadors have partnered with CSTV and the Big West Conference to present live video streaming of all league games and non-conference home contests. Click on the Big West TV banner on the front page of GoMatadors.com for more information.
COUNTDOWN TO HISTORY
Senior Ofa Tulikihihifo has moved into second on the all-time points list and is just 35 points away from becoming Northridge’s scoring leader. The senior passed Julie Arlotto (1,364) for second with her 26-point effort against Santa Clara and now has 1,367 points for her career. She is only looking up at Denise Sitton, who scored 1,401 points during her four seasons. Tulikihihifo is also second on the Northridge rebounds list with 703, and with 552 field goals is just three shy of Sitton’s record of 555.
SCOUTING THE RAINBOW WAHINE
Hawai’i will have been off for eight days before starting a three-game California trip on Tuesday. The Rainbow Wahine have alternated wins and losses to start the season, defeating Georgetown, Texas Tech and Gonzaga in their last game on Nov. 26, while falling to Oklahoma and Arkansas. Hawai’i has a trio of seniors averaging in double figures in points, led by Janevia Taylor who is posting 13.2 points per game. Brittany Grice (12.8) and Pam Tambini (11.2) also average in double figures. Jim Bolla, who holds an overall record of 332-147 in 16-plus seasons of coaching, is in his third year as the head coach of Hawai’i and has a 32-27 mark. The Matadors and the Rainbow Wahine have met just once, with Hawai’i posting a 74-66 win on Jan. 3, 1983 at the San Francisco State Invitational. The Matadors are 13-41 all-time against the nine-team Western Athletic Conference, which includes a 66-63 victory at San Jose State on Nov. 17.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
BYU is coming off a 60-43 loss at Hartford on Saturday which dropped them to 4-3 and out of the national polls. The Cougars will play at New Mexico State on Wednesday before entertaining the Matadors on Saturday. BYU has one common opponent with the Matadors this season, as both teams have defeated Santa Clara, with the Cougars beating the Broncos 77-63 on Nov. 22. The Cougars also have an upset victory at nationally-ranked Stanford to their credit. Senior Dani Wright is the lone player averaging in double figures at 11.0 points per game. Junior Mallary Gillespie is second at 9.9, while sophomore Shawnee Slade is third at 8.7. Head coach Jeff Judkins is in his sixth season at BYU and holds a record of 107-55. The Matadors have played the Cougars twice, dropping both decisions. The last meeting came last Nov. 19 in Northridge when BYU rallied for a 76-59 victory. The Matadors led 40-26 at the half, but a 50-19 advantage in the second half led BYU to the win. Four Matadors scored in double figures, led by Jazelle Burries and Krisztina Fuleki’s 11 each. Ambrosia Anderson, who has since graduated, led BYU with 25 points, while Wright added 22. The first matchup between the two teams took place on Nov. 27, 1993 in Moraga, Calif., with BYU earning a 102-51 win. The Matadors own a 6-16 all-time record against the Mountain West Conference.
KING SETS REBOUND RECORD IN WIN OVER SANTA CLARA
LaJoyce King scored 15 and pulled down a Northridge Division-I record 21 rebounds, as the Matadors defeated Santa Clara for the first time in seven tries with a 79-67 victory on Saturday at The Matadome. Ofa Tulikihihifo led the Matadors with a game-high 26 points.
King (6-for-8) and Tulikihihifo (11-for-18) combined to go 17-of-26 (65.3%) from the field. King, who recorded her second double-double in as many games and 10th of her career, broke the D-I rebound record by two. King on two occasions, as well as Tulikihihifo once, had 19 rebounds in a game. The school mark for boards in one contest is 23 by Denise Sitton in 1984.
Jazelle Burries added 14 points, while Krisztina Fuleki was also in double figures with 11.
There were five ties and six lead changes in the first half. The Matadors led 12-8 eight minutes into the contest, but eight in a row by Santa Clara gave the Broncos a 16-12 advantage. Northridge then went on a scoring streak with eight straight points to take a 20-16 lead with seven minutes to go in the first half.
The Broncos responded with five in a row of their own to go back up 21-20. But consecutive layups by Tulikihihifo gave the Matadors a 24-21 lead, an advantage they would not relinquish. Tied at 28, Northridge scored the final nine points of the half to take a 37-28 lead to the locker room.
Northridge kept the momentum and started the half with a 21-9 run over the first 7:25 to put them up 58-39. Fuleki had eight of her 11 during the stretch. The Matador lead reached as many as 20 at 62-42 at the 9:12 mark and would never go below double digits. The Broncos got the score closer, going on a 17-7 run to cut the deficit to 69-59 at the 3:38 mark. But the Matadors held on to post the 12-point victory.
The Matadors shot 45.9% for the game and made half their shots in the second half, going 14-of-28 from the floor after halftime. Northridge also continued its strong shooting from the free throw line, making 74.1% (20-for-27). The Matadors also out-rebounded Santa Clara 51-29 and committed a season-low 18 turnovers.
Santa Clara was led by Ashley Graham, who had 25 points on 8-of-18 shooting with six three-pointers. Chandice Cronk also scored in double figures with 14. The Broncos, who shoot better from three-point range than the floor on the season, again made that stat true. Santa Clara made 14-of-34 (41.2%) from beyond the arc, but shot just 34.4% (22-for-64) from the field.
NORTHRIDGE RALLY FALLS SHORT AGAINST WAVES
The Matadors rallied to cut a 21-point deficit to 10 with three minutes remaining, but Pepperdine pulled away at the end and recorded an 84-66 victory over Northridge on Tuesday at The Matadome. LaJoyce King posted her ninth career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Matadors.
Krisztina Fuleki added 13 points, while Ofa Tulikihihifo also scored in double figures with 12.
The Matadors (2-5) grabbed an early 2-0 lead, but back-to-back jumpers by Teiosha George put the Waves (5-2) up. Northridge would tie the game on two more occasions, but Pepperdine would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way.
With the game tied at 15, the Waves went on a 13-3 run to take their first double-figure advantage at 28-18 with 5:42 remaining in the first half. Northridge cut the deficit to two on eight straight points, but Pepperdine ended the half with an 8-2 run to take an eight-point lead to intermission.
Less than four minutes into the second, the Waves’ lead stretched to 17, as they sank their first three shots from beyond the arc to take a 50-33 advantage with 16:38 remaining. Consecutive treys by Jamie McCaa and Fuleki trimmed the deficit to 11, but the Waves got it back up to 21 with 6:52 left to lead 70-49.
The Matadors then began their run, as Tulikihihifo scored eight during a 15-4 run to cut the margin to 74-64 with 3:09 left. But Northridge didn't have the shots fall down the stretch to lose by 18.
Northridge shot 44% for the game, making 22-of-50 from the field. The Matadors shot well from the free throw line, shooting 81.8% (18-22) from the charity stripe. Northridge outrebounded Pepperdine 36-34, but the 31-19 turnover margin unfortunately in favor of the Matadors proved to be the difference.
Teena Wickett posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Sherriel Boyd tied for the game-high in points with 17, while Daphanie Kennedy (11) and George (10) also scored in double figures. The Waves made 33-of-70 (47.1%) from the floor and also missed just two free throws, going 12-of-14 (85.7%) from the line.
MATADORS IN THE BIG WEST
One month into the season, the Matadors remain the top scoring team in the Big West Conference, averaging 72 points per game. Northridge is also tops in the league in three other categories. placing first in assists (15.38), defensive rebounds (29.88) and field goal percentage. The Matadors’ field goal percentage of 43.9% puts them as the only team in the Big West shooting above 40%. Northridge is also second in rebounding (40.6) and blocks (3.63) and third in steals (8.1). Individually, Ofa Tulikihihifo is in the Top 10 in six categories. She sits second in field goal percentage at 53.1%, third in points (16.1), tied for seventh in rebounds (7.0), eighth in defensive boards (4.63), ninth in assists (2.88) and 10th in steals (1.88). LaJoyce King is up there in four categories, placing third in defensive rebounds (5.83), fourth in rebounds (8.2), tied for fifth in steals (2.0) and 10th in points (11.3). Jamie McCaa sits fourth in steals (2.25), sixth in defensive rebounds (5.13) and seventh in assists (3.13), while Krisztina Fuleki is fourth in three-pointers made per game (1.88) and three-point percentage (33.3%). Rounding out the list of Matadors in the Top 10 are Ashley Blake, who is tied for fourth in assists at 3.25 and Jazelle Burries, who is fourth in blocks at 0.88.
HEAD COACH STACI SCHULZ
Staci Schulz became the 11th head coach in Cal State Northridge women's basketball history when she was named to the post on August 2, 2005. Last season, Schulz guided the Matadors to a 10-20 record and an appearance in the Big West Tournament semifinals in her first season. The Matadors posted big wins at Long Beach State and UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton in the Big West Tournament, along with non-conference victories over Eastern Michigan, Southeastern Louisiana and Portland. Three Matadors were also honored on postseason teams. Jamie McCaa earned honorable mention all-conference accolades, Katie Holloway was named Sixth Woman of the Year and LaJoyce King was selected to the All-Big West Tournament team.
In 2004-05 as the top assistant to head coach Tammy Holder, Schulz and the Matadors posted an overall record of 18-11, finished fourth in the Big West with an 11-7 conference record and made their first-ever trip to the Big West Tournament. Upon Schulz's arrival in 2002, the Matadors improved every season, going from three wins to six in 2003-04 to 18 in 04-05.
Prior to her days at CSUN, Schulz spent four seasons (1998-2001) at UNLV, where she worked with the guards and perimeter players on the court and was in charge of recruiting and scouting efforts off the court. After joining Regina Miller's staff in 1998, the Rebels posted a 76-41 record in Schulz's four seasons on the bench, including an NCAA Tournament berth in 2001-02. Schulz's previous coaching experience also includes stops at Western Illinois (1997-98) and her alma mater, Mount Marty College (1996-97). At WIU, she was an assistant under Miller and taught classes in activities and basketball before joining Miller at UNLV. At Mount Marty College, Schulz spent a year in the admissions office and assisted the women's basketball program with recruiting.
A native of Parkston, S.D., Schulz is a 1996 graduate of Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. She earned her bachelor's degree in education and was a four-year letterwinner for the Lancers from 1991-96 and a three-year starter and team captain, playing a variety of positions for the NAIA school. She prepped at Parkston High School, where she earned all-conference honors in basketball, but also competed in track and golf. Schulz is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the Black Coaches Association (BCA).
Schulz currently resides in Acton.