KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Erika Williams’ layup with three seconds remaining capped a furious fourth quarter CSU Bakersfield rally as the Roadrunners defeated Missouri-Kansas City 65-63 Thursday night in Western Athletic Conference play.
The Roadrunners trailed 57-50 coming out of the fourth quarter media timeout with 4:48 to play. An Aja Williams layup followed by a Kate Tokuhara three-pointer cut the UMKC lead to two with exactly three minutes to play. Williams fouled Kelsey Barrett who made both free throw attempts 14 seconds later. Williams turned the ball over on the ensuing CSUB possession but the ‘Runners forced a Kangaroo mistake. Alexxus Gilbert brought the Roadrunners to back to within one with three-pointer the next time down.
CSUB used its full-court press to force a second consecutive turnover, resulting in a Jazymne Bartee layup and the lead. Williams fouled Kristen Moore who made both 1-of-2 throw attempts to tie the game. The Roadrunners called a play for Bartee who turned a layup into a 62-60 lead at the 1:15 mark. CSUB called an immediate timeout to set up its defense.
UMKC worked the ball down low to Kiana Ball. Bartee fouled Law. She made the first free throw, but missed the second. Tokuhara grabbed the rebound. The Kangaroos were under the five-foul limit and fouled twice. On the second attempt, Gilbert went to the line. She could only make 1-of-2 attempts with 19 seconds to play. Law tied the game six seconds later with a layup.
he Roadrunners called timeout and advanced the ball to halfcourt. Out of the timeout, CSUB designed a play for Erika Williams who converted the go-ahead basket. The ‘Roos called a full timeout with one second to go. UMKC advanced the ball to half court but could not get off an attempt for victory.
"It was a huge shot that Erika made for the win," said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. "UMKC played really well despite all of the injuries they are suffering through right now. I'm proud of our team and how we stuck with it and grinded out the victory."
India Johnson and Samantha Waldron both scored 15 points to lead UMKC. Law added 11. Aja Williams led all scorers for the Roadrunners with 18 points. Erika Williams and Gilbert both scored 11 with Bartee charting 10.
The Roadrunners (13-13, 8-4 WAC) head to Chicago State (0-26, 0-12 WAC) Saturday afternoon for a 12 p.m. (CT) start.