The Cal State Northridge men's basketball team (8-3), winner of seven of its past eight games, reminds senior forward Pat Bolden of the 1984-85 Matador squad that won the California Collegiate Athletic Assn. championship.
"We started 0-3 against Utah, Utah State and Weber State," said Bolden, who was a freshman in 1984. "This is almost like a replica, except this year we have a better bench."
Bolden, who needs just 41 points to join the CSUN top 10 for career scoring, scored 16 points and had 9 rebounds in CSUN's 85-55 win over Barry on Monday. The senior forward--CSUN's leading scorer with an average of 15 points a game--looked especially impressive on plays where he swept in from the outside, grabbed a rebound and scored.
"Coach Cassidy has been getting on my case for four years about that," Bolden said.
Free-throw futility: Northridge has been impressive in just about every category this season except free-throw shooting.
Against Barry, the Matadors converted 8 of 17 free throws--just slightly better than their 7-of-17 performance from the three-point line.
Northridge has made only 61% of its free throws this season.
30-30 vision: Steve deLaveaga is closing in on another scoring record after pumping in 35 points in Cal Lutheran's 85-80 victory over Cal Poly Pomona on Monday.
DeLaveaga, who is averaging 26.6 points a game, has scored 30 points or more four times this season. The junior guard had seven 30-point games last year--a school record--and has 12 in his college career.
In three of CLU's four victories, deLaveaga has scored 30 points or more.
CLU (4-7) will compete in a Division III tournament in La Jolla this weekend. The Kingsmen conclude their nonconference schedule Monday at home against Southern Utah State. They play host to Westmont in their Golden State Athletic Conference opener Wednesday.
Valley connection: The College of the Sequoias basketball team is off to a 12-6 start largely because of a freshman trio of former Valley-area high school players.
Marcus Malone, a 6-4 All-City Section forward from Kennedy, is the leading scorer for the Giants, averaging 15 points a game. Malone was selected all-tournament at the Antelope Valley and Sequoias tournaments and scored a season-high 28 points against Golden West.
Andre Anderson, a 5-10 point guard from Cleveland, is the first guard off the bench and is averaging 9.2 points a game.
John DeRouen, a 6-2 guard from Montclair Prep, is also a reserve, averaging 2.3 points a game.
Sequoias is coached by John Boragno, who is in his first year with the program. Boragno coached at Western New Mexico the previous two years and was an assistant at Cal State Northridge from 1979-83.
Big chill: Northridge was forced to pull its swim team out of this weekend's UC Irvine Invitational after it missed two weeks of training because the school's pool heater was turned off over the holidays.
The university turned off heating elements in all of its facilities for two weeks as a cost-cutting measure.
Northridge will play host to Irvine in a dual meet Jan. 16 at 11 a.m.
Pool poll: If the latest College Swim Coaches Assn. rankings are any indication, Cal State Northridge once again will contend for Division II national championships.
Northridge women have national bests this season in 13 categories. The men's team has six.
Jude Kylander, Stacy Mettam, Tina Schnare and Jeanna Giessinger each own national bests in two events. Kylander has the fastest times in the 50 and 100 freestyles, clocking 24.20 and 52.56, respectively. Other national bests are Mettam in the 100 backstroke (59.25) and 200 back (2:07.83), Schnare in the 200 back (1:05.66) and 200 breaststroke (2:21.47), Giessinger in the 200 free (1:54.28) and also in the 500 free (5:04.03). Lisa Dial and Michelle Sulak of CSUN are second and third in the 500 free with times of 5:05.70 and 5:06.33, respectively.
Tina Dodson has the best time in the 100 butterfly (57.68) and Northridge relay teams have the fastest times in the 200 medley (1:48.78), 400 medley (3:55.15), 200 free (1:36.71) and 400 free (3:32.96).
Ted Hollahan has the best time in the men's 100 free (45.49) and 200 free (1:39.65). John Carpadakis has the fastest time in the 500 free (4:35.33), Sean Parker is best in the 200 back (1:54.12) and Kurt White is rated first in the 400 individual medley (4:07.54). The CSUN men's team also has the best time in the 800 free relay (6:53.20).
Restless: The Cal Lutheran women's basketball team cannot complain about fatigue. The Regals (1-8), who play at Cal State Los Angeles on Friday, have had nearly a month off since their last game.
Regal Coach Norm Chung hopes the break will help CLU snap its six-game losing streak.
"The layoff is good because they will come back rested," Chung said. "By the time we get to the end of the season, we're still fresh."
The Regals have two games before they open GSAC play at Southern California College on Jan. 16.
Point parade: The Northridge women's basketball team, which defeated Humboldt State, 92-29, Monday fell 21 points short of equaling the school record for most points in a game. The record of 113 was set against UC Irvine in 1976-77.
The win over Humboldt, coupled with a 65-52 win over Army last Saturday, gave the Lady Matadors consecutive wins for the first time this season.
"Everything started to click Saturday," said Vicki Mallett, who scored 14 points in the first half before sitting out the second half because of a sore knee. "We're on the road up."
In their win over Humboldt, the Lady Matadors committed 22 turnovers. That, however, paled in comparison to the 40 committed by Humboldt.
Competition helps: Northridge plays the University of Portland tonight before returning home to prepare for its California Collegiate Athletic Assn. opener against Cal State Los Angeles Jan. 15 at the CSUN gym.
CSUN Coach Leslie Milke said Division I competition will help Northridge improve.
"They know that against Division I schools, they have nothing to lose," she said.
Island ball: Four former Moorpark College basketball players are playing for Hawaii Pacific, an NAIA team based in Honolulu.
Woody Jones and Kip Brown, who both transferred to Moorpark from Oral Roberts, are starters for Hawaii Pacific (9-8).
Jones, a 6-5 forward, leads the team in scoring with an average of 18.5 points a game. He also leads the team in steals with 44, is third in assists with 60 and is averaging 4.3 rebounds a game. Brown, a 6-7, 240-pound forward, is averaging 12 points and 6.3 rebounds a game.
Darrin Channels, a 6-8 center, is averaging 7.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 58%, but has missed the past six games because of a sprained ankle. Danny Berryman, a reserve guard, is averaging 3.8 points and 2 rebounds.
Parks honored: Fred Parks of Moorpark has been selected Western State Conference player of the week. Parks, a 6-4 freshman guard from Philadelphia, scored 34 points and had 10 rebounds in 23 minutes in the Raiders' 111-92 win over East Los Angeles.
Very important Parson: Stacy Parson, the 1986 City Section 4-A Division player of the year at Kennedy High, is playing well as the first guard off the bench for 11th-ranked Stanford.
Parson, a 5-7 sophomore, is being used primarily as a defensive specialist for the Cardinal (11-0). She is averaging 3 points and 1 assist a game.
Parson averaged 19.8 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in her senior year at Kennedy, leading the Golden Cougars to a 21-3 record and the 4-A title.
The executioners: The Valley women's basketball team did not lack for confidence going into its Southern California Conference opener Wednesday after winning 14 of 16 nonconference games.
Valley averaged 72.3 points a game against nonconference teams.
Dametra Johnson leads Valley in scoring and rebounding. As of Tuesday, the 5-10 sophomore was averaging 20.3 points and 9.3 rebounds a game. Sophomores Traci Atkins and Bernadette Tillis are averaging 16 and 12 points a game, respectively.
"I'm very satisfied with the effort that the girls are putting out," Coach Doug Michelson said. "I think it fortifies our confidence. We know that if we go out and execute, we will come out on top."
Staff writers Mike Hiserman, Gary Klein and Ralph Nichols contributed to this notebook.