NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Senior Brittany Glassow had a career night and led four 'Eaters in double figures but it wasn't enough as UC Irvine fell to CSUN, 85-77, Thursday evening at The Matadome.
Glassow went 7-for-9 from the field and was a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc for a career-high 18 points. Her previous best was 10, which she set back in 2015. Glassow's seven FGs and four 3FGs were also career bests.
UCI had a better field goal percentage (50.0) and 3-point percentage (53.3), but was outrebounded, 51-22. The Matadors collected 25 offensive boards that resulted in 32 second chance points.
CSUN took the early lead and pulled ahead 12-7, before Glassow hit the first of three consecutive triples. Her nine-straight points powered a 13-2 run that put UC Irvine on top, 20-14, with 29 seconds on the clock. The Matadors were able to get one more bucket before the buzzer as the Anteaters held a 20-16 edge at the end of the first period.
UC Irvine (3-22, 1-10 Big West) shot 53.8 percent from the floor and was paced by Glassow's 11 points in the first 10 minutes.
Chavez opened the second quarter with a pair of free throws and it proceeded to go back-and-forth over the next minute. Ritter eventually hit a jumper and Sutherland followed with a layup to give the 'Eaters their biggest lead of the night at 28-20 with 7:09 remaining. The Matadors then started to chip away, using a 9-1 rally to knot the score (31-31) at the 3:17 mark. Bayman answered with a 3-pointer, but the two teams would head into the break locked in a 37-37 tie.
CSUN kicked off the third frame with a trey and stayed out front until UCI pulled even at 46-46 on a pair of free throws from senior Shereen Sutherland. The Matadors came right back with eight unanswered for a 54-46 advantage with 2:52 left to play. Sutherland then ended a two-minute drought with a layup but CSUN would go up, 63-52, by the end of the period.
UC Irvine quickly closed the gap in the fourth quarter as a couple layups by junior Teirra Hicks bookended a traditional three-point play from Chavez to make it 63-57 with 9:07 to go. After a CSUN basket, sophomore Andee Ritter knocked down a triple to bring the 'Eaters within three (65-62). The Matadors pushed their lead back to eight before threes from Chavez and Glassow cut the deficit to 75-72 with just over two minutes to go. That was the closest the Anteaters would get, however, as CSUN responded with a 6-0 run and held on for the 85-77 win.
The Matadors (14-11, 7-4 Big West) won their sixth-straight game behind the effort of Channon Fluker, who finished with a game-high 27 points and 14 rebounds. Maulupe added 19 points, while Tessa Boagni contributed 13 points and 11 boards.
UC Irvine is back in action this Saturday, Feb. 18, with a 4 p.m. tilt at Cal Poly.
NOTES: Brittany Glassow set a career high in the first quarter alone where she had 11 of her 18 points … Brooke Bayman registered her second-straight double-figure scoring game with 14 points, one shy of her season high … She also had seven assists to give her a team-best 100 on the year … Andee Ritter moved up to No. 6 in the UCI single-season records with 58 steals … She is tops in the Big West in that category as well as in 3-pointers made (71) … Irene Chavez needs one more triple to give her 89 in her career, which would tie her for 10th in program history ... CSUN avenged a 25-point loss to UC Irvine at the Bren Events Center on Jan. 11.