BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—A 12-2 Seattle U run to start the third quarter proved to be the difference as the Redhawks defeated CSU Bakersfield 63-52 Saturday afternoon.
CSUB at halftime 26-24 before SU sank its first four shots of the third quarter to jump into the lead for the first time since the early portion of the second. CSUB would miss its first six field goal attempts of the third before being outscored by eight, 20-12, for the 10-minute stanza. Seattle
“We didn’t come out and execute the way were supposed to in the third quarter,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. “We didn’t play very good basketball in the entire second half.”
Both teams shot poorly in the game (CSUB-32.8% (19-of-58), SU-33.3% (19-of-57), but the Redhawks controlled the glass, outrebounding CSUB 45-39, 18-16 on the offensive glass. The Seattle U offense drove lane throughout the game. As a result, the Redhawks were able to draw 22 fouls on the Roadrunners. SU took advantage, making 22-of-25 free throw attempts. CSUB went to the charity stripe 20 times, but only converted 11 times.
Seattle U’s Alexis Montgomery led all scorers with 17 points. She was 6-of-6 at the free throw line and made four steals. SU’s 5-7 point guard Claire Metoyer scored 12 points and had a team high nine rebounds. She also led the team in assists with five and made a steal.
Aja Williams paced CSUB with 14 points. The Holmes CC transfer took 14 free throw attempts, which are the ninth most in a game at the Division I level by a CSUB player. However, she only could make six of the shots from the free throw line. Erika Williams scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds, and made three steals in her final home game. Jazmyne Bartee tallied nine rebounds, blocked six shots, and scored eight points.
“Seattle won the game by taking advantage of the second chance opportunities,” McCall said. “They scored 15 second chance points and that hurt us. We tried to keep them off the offensive boards and limit them to one shot, but they did a good job of getting to the glass. If we did a better job of keeping them off the line and boxing out, we could have won the game easily. ”
The Roadrunners (12-13, 7-4 WAC) travel to UMKC next Thursday. Tip is set for 7 p.m. (CT). Seattle U (12-14, 9-2 WAC) maintains second place in the Western Athletic Conference.