BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—The CSU Bakersfield women’s basketball hosts a nationally ranked opponent for the second time as a Division I program to highlight a pair of games this week.
The Roadrunners welcome No. 11 Stanford to the Blue Floor of the Icardo Center Thursday night for a 7 p.m. start. The game will be streamed on the WAC Digital Network. This is the 10th time since the Roadrunners have moved to Division I that CSUB is playing a nationally ranked opponent. Thursday’s contest is the first time since Dec. 7, 2012 when then No. 11 California traveled to Bakersfield that a national ranked opponent enters the Icardo Center. CSUB is 0-9 against nationally ranked opponents at the Division I level.
Ranked 11th in both the AP and USA Today/WBCA Top 25 polls, the Cardinal won the Cancun Challenge last week, winning three games including a 78-69 championship victory over Purdue Nov. 26. Stanford is 6-1 overall. Erika McCall, the daughter of CSUB head coach Greg McCall, leads the Cardinal in scoring (17.1), rebounding (7.4), blocks (16), and minutes played (29.9). Two other players, Brittany McPhee (15.9), and Karlie Samuelson (11.3) are averaging in double figures. Stanford leads the all-time series against the ‘Runners 2-0.
The Roadrunners travel to Pacific Sunday. Tip is set for 2 p.m. and will be streamed via W.tv. The Tigers are 2-4 after dropping a pair of games at their own Tiger Turkey Tip-Off Thanksgiving Tournament last weekend. Pacific has lost a total of three in a row prior to the CSUB game.
Chelsea Lidy is UOP’s leading scorer at 15.7 points per game. GeAnna Luaulu-Summers is averaging 15.0 points per game and is leading the team in rebounding at 7.0 per game. Desire Finnie is also averaging in double digits at 10.2 ppg. As a team, the Tigers are 19th in Division I scoring (82.2). Pacific leads the all-time series 3-2 against the Roadrunners after ending the CSUB 22-game home winning streak Nov. 13, 2015.
CSUB is coming off a 75-60 home loss to South Dakota last Sunday. Addi Walters came off the bench to lead the ‘Runners with 16 points. Entering the Stanford game, the Roadrunners are nationally ranked in several categories.
As a team, CSUB is 10th in three-point field goals per game (9.4), 31st in three-point field goals attempted (141), and 38th in made three-point field goals (47). Individually, Aja Williams begins the week of Nov. 28, seventh in Division in three-point field goals per game (4.0), 19th in three-point field goals attempted (52) 20th in three-point field goals (20), 49th in points per game (93), and 75th in field goal attempts (85).
Jazmyne Bartee is 26th in Division I in blocked shots per game (2.6) and is 31st in blocked shots (13) beginning the week of Nov. 28. As a team, CSUB is 25th in blocked shots (5.8) and 42nd in total blocks (29).