BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield returns to the Icardo Center when the Roadrunners host the University of South Dakota in women’s basketball action Sunday afternoon. Tip is set for 1 p.m.
Coming off a 32-6 season in which the Coyotes (pronounced Ki-otes) won the 2016 WNIT, first year head coach Dawn Plitzuweit has led USD to a 3-1 record after defeating Tulsa 71-68 last Sunday afternoon. Three South Dakota players are averaging in double figures, led by Allison Arens who is scoring 21.5 points per game. Arena also leads the team in rebounding (4.8), assists (21), and steals (9). The Coyotes are at UC Riverside Friday night before traveling to Bakersfield.
CSUB went 0-3 last week, losing to Southern Utah (65-59) at home, before dropping a pair of games on the road to Oregon (77-62) and California (86-63). Aja Williams averaged 23.7 points per game for the week.
Williams scored 35 points against California Nov. 20. She tied the Roadrunner Division I record for most points in a game is 36 which has been record on three different occasions, most recently by Tyonna Outland in 2014.
Williams tied the CSUB Division I record for most made three-point field goals in a game with nine against the Bears. Addi Walters made nine three-point field goals against Seattle in Jan. of 2016. Williams would break Walters’ record of 16 three-point field goals attempted (set in the same game against Seattle U) as she attempted 17 threes against the Bears. The Holmes CC transfer was 11-of-23 from the field.
Williams begins the week of Nov. 21, second in Division in three-point field goals per game (5.0), second in three-point field goals (20), fifth in three-point field goals attempted (46), ninth in points (93), 10th in field goal attempts (75), 17th in points per game (23.3), and 21st in field goals (31).