BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Brittany Sims recorded her first career double-double to lead CSU Bakersfield past Stanislaus State 78-51 in women’s basketball action Tuesday night. Sims scored 17 points and grabbed a career high 10 rebounds.

Stanislaus State (3-6) led 9-2 two minutes into the first quarter. Led by four Addi Walters’ three-pointers, CSUB outscored the Warriors 25-10 over the final eight minutes of the opener to lead 27-19. The Roadrunners held Stan State to four second quarter field goals as CSUB extended the lead to 43-30 at halftime.

The CSUB defense strengthened in the third. The ‘Runners limited the Warriors to 2-of-15 shooting. CSU Bakersfield made six steals, and forced seven turnovers which were turned into six points. For the third time this season, the Roadrunners limited an opponent to six points in a quarter as the ‘Runners sped out to a 57-36 advantage. CSUB made 8-of-13 from the field in the fourth quarter as CSUB cruised to the victory.

Sims was 6-of-10 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. The 6-3 center also added three steals and one block. Walters would record 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Jazmyne Bartee scored a season high 15 points as she went 6-of-6 from the field. The 6-2 center tallied seven rebounds, three blocks, and three steals.

The 27 points by the ‘Runners in the first quarter were the most by the program in a 10-minute quarter since women’s basketball went to the format in 2015. CSUB had scored 25 in a quarter on two previous occasions. The Roadrunners would shoot a season high 50.9% from the field (28-of-55) and outrebound an opponent for the first time in 2016-17, 41-34. CSUB forced 23 Stan State turnovers that would result in 30 points. The ‘Runners struggled with the Warrior press in the second half, turning the ball over 15 times (20 for the game). Stanislaus State was led by Cassidy Sanders-Curry who scored 14 points.

“It feels good to get back on the winning track,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. “We have struggled with our tough schedule. Tonight allowed us to get some confidence back and we played well. We were able to play tough defense in the third quarter. We need to clean up our turnovers as we head into Saturday.”

The Roadrunners (2-6), which broke a six-game losing streak against the Warriors, host Fresno Pacific Saturday afternoon. Tip is set for 1 p.m. Fans who bring a new unwrapped toy to the game will receive a $5 ticket.

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