BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—In front a record setting Icardo Center crowd, No. 11 Stanford (7-1) defeated CSU Bakersfield 77-56 in women’s basketball action Thursday night. A total of 1,688 came through the doors, breaking the previous mark of 1,245 that was set during the 2014-15 season against UNLV.
Led by Brittany Sims who was 3-for-3 from the field, the Roadrunners made 9-of-16 attempts from the floor in the first quarter and played the Cardinal to a 20-20 tie after 10 minutes. CSUB committed six turnovers among its first nine possessions of the second.
The poor start led to a quick 8-2 spurt for Stanford. The Cardinal would seven points off of seven ‘Runner turnovers in the second. Stanford held CSUB to 2-of-12 shooting and for the second year in a row would allow only six CSUB second quarter points. Stanford would take a 40-26 lead into halftime.
Stanford shot 50% from the field in the third quarter (10-of-20) and outrebounded CSUB 16-3 (8-1 on the offensive glass. 16 of the 25 Cardinal points were in the point. The ‘Runners were efficient, scoring 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting, but Stanford extended the lead to 20, 65-45, after 30 minutes. CSUB held the Cardinal to five field goals in the fourth quarter and were only outscored 12-11 in the final stanza.
Bakersfield native Erica McCall scored 12 points and had eight rebounds at halftime on her way to a game high 18 points. The daughter of CSUB head coach Greg McCall, recorded her 23rd career-double with a game high 12 rebounds. Karlie Samuelson posted 14 while Nadia Fingall had 13. Alanna Smith charted 10 for the Cardinal.
Sims led the Roadrunners with 15 points. The 6-3 center was 7-of-9 from the field and grabbed a team high five rebounds. Erika Williams scored 13 points and had two assists. Stanford outrebounded the Roadrunners 51-22, 20-5 on the offensive glass.
“Hats off to Stanford,” Greg McCall said. “You could see why they are ranked 11th in the country. They are a well-coached team. I did see a lot of bright spots with our team. We were able to hang tough with them, playing them to a tie in the first quarter. We broke down on defense in the second quarter, gambling for some balls we shouldn’t have. If we can stay disciplined, I think we can be successful going forward.”
This was the second year in a row that the McCalls faced each other on the court. A lot of friends and of the McCall family came to the game. Greg McCall’s oldest daughter, DeWanna Bonner flew in from Phoenix where she plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury while son Justin, a future CSUB men’s player watched from the stands.
“Regardless of the outcome of this game, and I am disappointed that we lost, I have a tremendous about of pride and joy to have my entire family here watching us play tonight,” Greg McCall said.
The Roadrunners (1-5) are at Pacific (2-4) Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. tip.