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College Basketball : CS Northridge Finishes Fast for 72-54 Victory

Leslie Milke is difficult to please.

Her Cal State Northridge women’s basketball team manages to build a 6-point halftime lead against Cal State Sacramento and Milke considers the Lady Matadors’ performance disappointing.

Northridge apparently took Milke’s evaluation to heart, however, raising its level of play a notch after intermission to turn a close game into an easy 72-54 victory in a women’s nonconference basketball game Wednesday at CSUN.

“We didn’t do a good job in the first half. We were really sluggish,” Milke said. “But in the second half, I was pleased.”

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And why not? CSUN (12-3 overall) went on an 18-3 run early in the second half and coasted to the finish.

CSUN, which shot just 36% in the first half, took a 16-8 lead on Bridgette Ealy’s baseline jump shot midway through the half. But CSUN went scoreless for 5 minutes and Sacramento (10-4) rallied to take an 18-16 lead with 4:50 remaining. The Lady Matadors then staged a rally of their own, finishing with an 8-0 run that turned a 24-22 deficit into a 30-24 halftime lead.

And there was no looking back in the second half.

“Our second half could have been better but it was still a lot better than the first half,” forward Chris Cavalin said. “It showed we have a lot of heart.”

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The Lady Matadors, who have won 4 of their past 5 games, travel to Cal State Los Angeles Friday to open California Collegiate Athletic Assn. play.

“We’re going to take them,” Cavalin said.

The Golden Eagles or the conference title?

“Both.”

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Cavalin scored 14 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Julie Arlotto scored a game-high 15 points for the Lady Matadors and Vicki Mallett added 14 points and a team-high 5 assists.


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