The San Fernando Valley might want to start paying attention to what happens in the Matadome whenever Channon Fluker takes center stage. The center was dominant once again and added some history to her already impressive resume.
Fluker had a triple double by scoring 28 points while gathering 16 rebounds with 13 blocks and CSUN defeated Seattle 67-62. Fluker became the first player since Ofa Tulikihihifo accomplished the feat in 2006-2007 season.
“I just think my team did a great job of feeding me the ball,” Fluker said. “If we all do our jobs and we just attack then good things will happen.”
Seattle had no answer for Fluker who scored 19 points in the first half. Fluker finished 9-for-20 from the field and attempted 17 free throws.
“It’s the kind of thing that we expect from Channon to be quite honest,” coach Jason Flowers said. “She works hard and she knows that’s what we need from her as a player.”
Seattle guard Alexis Montgomery scored 24 points but the Matadors limited her attacks to the basket in the second half. CSUN backup forward Eliza Matthews had a strong outing against Montgomery by adding eight points and three steals.
Matthews did not play Thursday against Biola because of flu-like symptoms.
“Eliza was huge for us tonight,” Flowers said. “She just gave us that spark we needed off the bench and her play especially in that second half was key.”
The Matadors had a 10-2 at the start of the 4th quarter. Hayley Tanabe hit a three-pointer and CSUN led 58-46. Tanabe finished with 11 points and seven assists and Claudia Ramos added 10 points.
“I think the last few games Hayley has been a lot more aggressive,” Flowers said. “These last few games especially have been good for her.”
CSUN has won consecutive games and will get a week off before opening Big West Conference on the road at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 6. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.