March 22, 2014 |
Cal State Northridge's women's basketball team is focused on Sunday's NCAA tournament game against South Carolina. But when the Matadors arrived in Seattle on Friday, one of their topics of discussion was 14th-seeded Mercer's upset of perennial power Duke in the NCAA men's tournament. "It lets you know that anything can happen on any given day," Northridge guard Ashlee Guay said during a phone interview. "It's motivational. " Northridge (18-14), the No. 16-seeded team, will try to knock off top-seeded South Carolina (27-4)
March 17, 2014 |
USC's women's basketball team gathered Monday among family, fans and athletic department personnel to learn its NCAA tournament opponent and destination. A stirring run to win the Pac-12 Conference tournament March 9 ensured there would be no sense of bubble-induced foreboding, only eager anticipation. When USC's name flashed during the televised announcement of the 64-team field, the reception room in the Galen Center erupted in cheers and applause. USC, making its first tournament appearance since 2006, will play St. John's on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.
March 15, 2014 |
The seventh-seeded team got shot to seventh heaven Saturday night when Cal Poly defeated Cal State Northridge, 61-59, to win the Big West tournament championship at Honda Center. The Mustangs (13-19) lost nine of their last 11 regular-season games before winning three straight in Anaheim to earn the school's first NCAA tournament bid. In three days, Cal Poly defeated No. 2 UC Santa Barbara, No. 1 UC Irvine and No. 5 Northridge to become the lowest-seeded Big West team to win the conference tournament.
March 14, 2014 |
The best first-round game of the Big West tournament on Thursday got the least notice because it ended at 10:56 p.m. Pacific time in front of a sparse crowd at the Honda Center. Cal State Northridge's 87-84 overtime win over Hawaii, however, deserved more than a tack-on blurb at the end of a long day. Northridge, under first-year coach Reggie Theus, blew a 16-point first-half lead but rallied back from 13 points in the second half. The fifth-seeded Matadors tied the score at 74 on senior Josh Greene's three-pointer with 12 seconds left in the second half.
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March 13, 2014 |
A Southern California tribal manager and a Woodland Hills attorney were among those appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday. Adam Day, 44, of Alpine in San Diego County, is an assistant manager for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation who has also worked extensively as a policy advisor for local San Diego lawmakers. Day, a Republican, was a defense and foreign affairs legislative assistant for U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson in 1990.
March 12, 2014 |
Let's start by calling "student success fees" what they really are - thinly disguised tuition increases charged to students for basic educational services. These fees, which are being levied at many California State University campuses, can cost up to $1,000 a year, on top of the official tuition, which has nearly doubled since 2007 to about $5,500. Not counting room or board. Because Gov. Jerry Brown's 2014-15 budget would increase state funding by more than $140 million, Cal State has agreed to freeze tuition.