STOCKTON, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield couldn’t sustain a strong start and fell 91-61 to Pacific in women’s basketball action Sunday afternoon in the Spanos Center.
Led by Erika Williams (4), the Roadrunners would make their first five three-point field goal attempts. Williams would end the stanza with 14 as the ‘Runners would lead 22-14 upon the conclusion of the first quarter.
Keyed by Callie Owens who hit back-to-back three-pointers, Pacific used a 10-0 run to take their first lead with 3:42 to play in the second quarter. The Roadrunners would go scoreless for four minutes before a pair of Addi Walters’ free throws returned the lead to CSUB 30-29 a little over a minute later. A GeAnna Luaulu-Summers three-point field goal with seven seconds remaining in the second quarter earned the Tigers a 33-32 halftime lead.
Pacific took over the game in the third quarter. GeAnna Luaulu-Summers scored 10 points as the Tigers went 10-of-17 from the field. Pacific forced 10 CSUB turnovers during the third quarter, scoring 20 of their 30 points off of ‘Runners mistakes. UOP led 63-38 after 30 minutes. Despite being outscored by only five in the final period, CSUB would fall by 30.
Pacific sank 23 of their final 42 field goal attempts and would shoot 50.9% (28-of-55) for the game. After going 0-for-4 in the first quarter, the Tigers were 12-of-21 from three-point range over the final three quarters. CSUB would turn the ball over 25 times which would end up being turned into 37 Tiger points.
Luaulu-Summers led the Tigers (3-4) with 20 points. She also posted a game high seven assists. Desire Finnie had 17 on 6-of-11 shooting. Williams recorded her seventh career 20+ scoring game as she ended the day by tying her career high with 25. Brittany Sims reset her career highs as she was 11-of-14 from free throw line. The 6-3 center also reset her career high with 19 points.
"Hopefully we can build off of Erika and Brittany's performances," said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. "We have to find ways to get others involved going forward."
The Roadrunners (1-6) host former CCAA rival Stanislaus State Tuesday night. Tip is set for 7 p.m.