BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—The University of South Dakota shot 54 percent from three-point range as the Coyotes defeated CSU Bakersfield 75-60 in women’s basketball action Sunday afternoon in the Icardo Center.
Jaycee Bradley led the three-point barrage as she was 5-of-6 from beyond the three-point arc. South Dakota made 13-of-24 long range attempts and would shoot 49.1% (26-of-53) from the field for the game.
CSUB trailed 11-10 with 2:04 to go in the first quarter before the Coyotes scored the final 10 points of the frame. South Dakota (5-1) would get the run up to 21-2 before a Jazmyne Bartee three-point play with 4:48 to go in the second ended the spurt. The Roadrunners chipped away at the Coyotes’ lead and trail 41-28 at half.
The Roadrunners opened the third quarter with a Kate Tokuhara three-pointer that made it a 10-point game. That would be as close as the ‘Runners would get as South Dakota used a 15-6 rally to put the game back into the high double-digits. USD would outscore CSUB 21-12 in the third and would take a 62-40 lead into the final 10 minutes.
“We can’t give up 20+ points in three quarters and expect to win a basketball game,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall.
With South Dakota leading by 22, a pair of Addi Walters three-pointers keyed an 8-0 charge that cut the advantage to 65-51. The Coyotes went to their leading scorer, Allison Arens, on their next two possessions and she charted five straight. Walters’ third three of the quarter reduced the South Dakota lead to 70-56 with 1:51 to play. A Brittany Sims’ put back cut it 12 with 71 seconds on the clock. Arens sank a three on the ensuing USD possession and would score again on a pair of Bradley free throws. Daije Harris’ free throws closed out the scoring for the Roadrunners with 11 seconds remaining.
“We have to play better defense,” McCall said. “That is something we harp on and that’s something we take pride in. They build a lead that we couldn’t get out of. We knew what they were going to do and had a week to prepare. We just didn’t come out and live up to our expectations.”
Bradley would end the game 9-of-11 from the field and score a career high 26 points. She also led the Coyotes in rebounds with seven. Arens, who was averaging nearly 24 points per game coming to Bakersfield, scored 15. Ciara Duffy had 12 points for USD.
Walters led CSU Bakersfield with 16 points, 13 in the second half. She was 6-of-10 from the field as the ‘Runners were held to 39.3% (22-of-56) shooting for the afternoon. Erika Williams and Kate Tokuhara each added 11 for CSUB. Runner center Brittany Sims led all players with nine rebounds.
The Roadrunners (1-4) host No. 11 Stanford next Thursday at 7 p.m. The matchup will be the second between McCall and his daughter Erika McCall, the leading scorer on the Cardinal (6-1) club.
“It is always tough playing against a member of the family because we know each other so well and we are so competitive with each other,” Greg McCall said. “We have to match Erika’s intensity. We have to do a good job of keeping her out of the paint and keep her from hitting open three’s.”