Monday, June 18

Cal State Northridge upsets No. 12 UCLA women’s basketball

With just over a minute to play and UCLAleading by one, the ball found Cal State Northridge’s freshman Marta Masoni 28 feet from the basket.

The guard/forward launched a deep three-point attempt, then coolly watched it rattle in to seal the game.

Behind their tenth three ball of the night, the Matadors (6-4) downed the No. 12 Bruins (7-2), 77-72.

With UCLA coming off a slew of wins over top competition, the matchup may have seemed like a way for the Bruins to waltz into the holiday season with an easy win.

Instead, it was a trap game waiting to happen.

Northridge harassed UCLA from the get-go, forcing them into three turnovers in the first minute.

That number grew to 25 for the Bruins as the Matadors used their agility to apply full court pressure for the entire game.

But UCLA’s dominance on the boards, 47-31, kept it close until the very end, when Northridge finally pulled away.

The Bruins were outhustled throughout the game and showed little of the defensive prowess that has characterized the team this season.

Northridge’s 77 points were the second most UCLA has allowed this season.

Compiled by Chris Kalra, Bruin Sports reporter.

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