Brittany Glassow Has Career Night in 85-77 Loss at CSUN

Brittany Glassow Has Career Night in 85-77 Loss at CSUN

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.

Freshman Brooke Bayman added 14 points and seven assists, while seniors Irene Chavez (12) and Mckenzie Piper (10) rounded out the quartet of double-digit scorers. Chavez also dished out six assists.

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.

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