BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—For the fourth time this season, CSU Bakersfield held the opposition to under 50 points as the Roadrunners sped past Utah Valley 55-39 Thursday night in Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball action.
CSUB rest the school record Division I record for opponent field goal percentage as the ‘Runners limited UVU to 24.5% shooting for the game (13-of-53). The previous low was 25.4% (16-of-63) that UT Rio Grande Valley shot last Saturday in Edinburg.
“We played some really good defense tonight,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. “Our defense got us some easy buckets which resulted in a 16 fast break points, a season high for us.”
Jazmyne Bartee reset the all-time CSUB school record for most blocks in a season with five against Utah Valley. Bartee has blocked 60 shots this season, breaking the old mark of 56, set by Jessi Loring during the 2005-06 Division II season. CSUB is now 9-1 on the 2016-17 campaign in games in which the Roadrunners have given up 59 points or less.
Addi Walters paced the Roadrunners with a season high 19 points. The 5-9 guard was 5-of-9 from three-point range and made all four of her free throw attempts. Bartee grabbed at least 10 rebounds for the seventh consecutive game as the 6-2 center pulled in a game high 12 board. She also added eight points and three steals.
“We are glad to see Addi get going again,” McCall said. “She was doing what she does best, hitting some threes which was good to see.”
Utah Valley (8-17, 3-7 WAC), which had several players not dress due to illness and injury, started the game with only six players in uniform. The Wolverines hampered even more when their leading scorer, Taylor Gordon, picked up her second technical foul of the game at the 2:41 mark of the third quarter. As a result, UVU played the final 12+ minutes with five freshmen on the floor. Sariah Wi Neera led the Wolverines with 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Roadrunners (11-12) improved to 7-3 in WAC play, setting up an important Saturday matchup against Saturday matchup against Seattle U (11-14, 8-2 WAC). The Redhawks, who fell 82-77 at Grand Canyon Thursday night, sit one game ahead of CSUB in second in the WAC standings.
“If we keep doing what we keep doing, you never know where the chips will fall,” McCall said.
Saturday’s tip is set on the Roadrunner Sports Network (via Youtube.com) for 1 p.m.