February 15, 1999 Vol. III, No. 10

Women's Basketball Team Poised to Make Title Run

Lady Matadors Nearing Campus Records for Season and Conference Wins

The women's basketball team at Cal State Northridge is in the hunt for its first-ever Big Sky Conference title, already having tied for its best performance in Division I history, a 14-6 (.700) overall record.

As of last week, the Matadors were in a four-team race for the Big Sky Conference championship with an 8-2 (.800) conference mark, a half game out of first place. To set campus records, the team only needs to win 15 games in the season or 10 in conference play.

Interim head coach Frozena Jerro(right), who was named to the job in November, had led CSUN, as of last week, to nine wins in the team's last 11 games.

Last month, the Matadors had a five-game conference winning streak, including dual wins over both Montana and Montana State. It marked the first time that Northridge had posted back-to- back wins against the Montana schools.

As the Matadors battle for their first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament bid, one player who has been a key factor in their success is sophomore All-American guard Edniesha Curry.

Curry leads the Big Sky in scoring with a 19.1 points-per-game average and is tied for the league lead in three-pointers per game. In NCAA statistics as of Feb. 8, she also was tied for 26th in the nation in scoring.

This season, Curry(left) has set the Northridge record for points in a game (40) and tied the Northridge Division I mark for most three-pointers in a game (seven). Those two single-game accomplishments also place her in a tie for second place in those categories in the Big Sky Conference.

Curry also has etched her name on the Big Sky record charts for career achievements. She is tied for 12th in three-pointers made (112) and ranks 14th in three-pointers attempted (322).

"I put a lot of trust in Edniesha," Jerro said. "We all have a lot of faith in her to make sound decisions and motivate those around her."

Cal State Northridge has four regular season games remaining before the Big Sky Conference Tournament, which will be hosted by the team that wins the regular season championship. The tournament begins Thursday, March 4, and ends with the championship game Saturday, March 6.

-Bruce Christensen


February 15, 1999

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