160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It just wasn’t getting better fast enough,” she said. “But I’ll be back next year. I’m trying to stay positive.” Tulikihihifo initially thought she’d be able to return from the injury, suffered during the preseason, by the beginning of November, but her recovery process has been slower than expected. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Without her in the lineup, the Matadors have struggled. After a 76-70 win Monday at UC Riverside, CSUN is 4-10 and 1-2 in Big West play. Tulikihihifo has not played in a game this year. “Ofa commanded a lot of respect from opponents, and without her, we have had to create a new identity,” first-year coach Staci Schulz said. “But other players have been able to produce in her absence and make key contributions to help us win.” – Ramona Shelburne Cal State Northridge women’s basketball player Ofa Tulikihihifo will redshirt this season with a stress fracture of her left tibia. Tulikihihifo, a senior guard, is a three-time All-Big West Conference first-team selection. She has led the Matadors in scoring each of the past three seasons.