CSUN women beat UC Davis 63-55 in Big West tourney final

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CSUN women beat UC Davis 63-55 in Big West tourney final
California State Northridge players Eliza Matthews, left, and Destiny Brooks kiss the trophy as the team's celebrates a win over UC Davis in an NCAA college basketball game for the Big West women's tournament championship in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, March 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Channon Fluker had 24 points and 17 rebounds, Tessa Boagni added 23 points and No. 5 seed Cal State Northridge upset top-seeded UC Davis 63-55 on Saturday night in the Big West Tournament championship.

The Matadors (19-15) have won five of their last six games and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Boagni, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, added eight rebounds and four assists. Fluker, the two-time Big West Conference MVP, was four assists shy of a triple double.

Cal State Northridge went on a 9-0 run to overtake UC Davis with a 37-32 advantage in the third quarter, and the Matadors led the rest of the way.

UC Davis (25-6) won back-to-back regular season conference titles and the No. 1 seed in the Big West Tournament, but was unable to make it to the NCAA Tournament with a senior-led team both times. Morgan Bertsch scored 22 points to lead the Aggies.

UC Davis edged UC Riverside by three points in the semifinals. The Matadors dominated Cal Poly 73-50 in the other semifinal.

BIG PICTURE

Cal State Northridge: The Matadors have made a habit of making the NCAA Tournament no matter the seed. Coach Jason Flowers might be fielding calls for coaching vacancies soon.

Davis: Bertsch, a junior who has surpassed 1,000 career points, returns but the Aggies will have to replace four senior starters.

UP NEXT

Cal State Northridge: Will play in the NCAA Tournament.

UC Davis: Can play in the WNIT by virtue of winning the Big West Conference regular season title.