BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--The Bakersfield women's basketball team (10-8, 4-2 WAC) hosts New Mexico State and Texas-Pan American this week.
New Mexico State defeated Bakersfield 87-81 last season in Las Cruces in the only previous meeting between the two teams in women’s basketball. New Mexico State (6-13, 3-3 WAC) leads the conference and ranks 13th nationally in three-pointers per game (8.6). The Aggies also rank second in the WAC in blocked shots (3.26), and fourth in field goal percentage defense (39.8), three-point field goal percentage (32.4) and defensive rebounds (26.84).
Abby Scott ranks fourth in the WAC in three-pointers per game (1.95), while Sasha Weber is tied for sixth (1.84). Weber also ranks seventh in three-point field goal percentage (31.5). Tyler Ellis ranks seventh in offensive rebounds (2.76) and ninth in rebounding (6.9).
This will be the seventh time that Bakersfield and Texas-Pan American (10-9, 4-2 WAC) are playing women’s basketball. The Roadrunners swept the Broncs in a home-and-home series last season to take a 6-0 all-time series lead.
Texas-Pan American leads the WAC and ranks 24th in the nation in turnover margin (4.79), and rank third in the WAC and 30th nationally in three-pointers per game (7.7). The Broncs also rank second in the WAC in scoring defense (62.4) and offensive rebounds (14.53), third in field goal percentage defense (39.3) and blocks (3.0), and fourth in steals (8.47). Brittany Bush is second in the WAC in blocks (1.7) and fourth in rebounding (8.1).
Tyonna Outland was named WAC Player of the Week for the third time Jan. 27 (for the week of Jan. 20-26). Outland led Bakersfield to a 2-0 record with road wins at Chicago State and Kansas City. Outland opened the week with 18 points, four rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal against the Cougars. She followed it up with 27 points, four rebounds, four steals and two blocks in an 87-80 win over the Kangaroos.
For the week, Outland averaged 22.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks, and shot 57.7 percent from the field, 75 percent from three-point range and 92.3 percent from the free throw line. She was also named CollegeSportsMadness WAC Women’s Player of the Week for her efforts for the week Jan. 27. She is now fifth in school history in career points (1,183).