It’s very hard to beat the same team three times in the same season. But have you ever noticed that for every good cliche, there is an equal and opposite cliche? ANAHEIM – It sounded good. Like it always does. Sometimes it even works out the way the cliche foretells. In other words: There are some teams that you just don’t match-up well against. In this case – with the Cal State Northridge women’s basketball team trying to defeat Cal State Fullerton for the first time in three tries this year- the opposite cliche meant the end of the Matadors’ season. Fullerton beat Northridge 75-65 Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference tournament in front of 858 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The game played out much the same way the previous two losses to the Titans have, with Fullerton using its superior size and speed to thwart Northridge’s balanced half-court sets. “Yeah, going in I knew that it was an issue we’d struggled with, matching up with them,” Northridge coach Staci Schulz said. “I would’ve liked to use our size more, but we had to have the players in who could get it done defensively. “So unfortunately, this was a rough closing to what was supposed to be pretty good year and for what was a special senior class. I have to thank them for bringing our program to a higher expectation level.” Northridge (13-16) graduates seven seniors, including four of the five starters in Thursday’s game. Fifth-year senior Ofa Tulikihihifo graduates as just the third player in conference history to be honored as a first-team all-conference pick in all four of her seasons. Thursday, Tulikihihifo and senior LaJoyce King led the way. Tulikihihifo finished with 16points and 12 rebounds. King had 12 points and 16rebounds.. “We talked about it after the game, how we, this senior class, really set the bar higher for the program,” Tulikihihifo said. “Coming in, my first year, we had just three wins. We struggled and it was always about rebuilding.” Northridge was just 3-24 in Tulikihihifo’s first year and 6-20 her second. The Matadors advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament each of the past two seasons, until Thursday’s quarterfinal exit. email@example.com (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!