BAKERSFIELD, Calif.---Addi Walters four players in double figures as CSU Bakersfield defeated Fresno Pacific 84-61 Saturday afternoon in women’s basketball action.
Walters was 5-of-11 from the field, 4-of-10 from three-point range for a team high 14 points. Brittany Sims went 7-of-14 from floor to score 14 points. The 6-3 center grabbed a game high seven rebounds. Aja Williams and Jazmyne Bartee each added 11 for the Roadrunners.
“I am happy with our effort and our team played well today,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall.
CSUB tied its own school record for most points in a quarter as the ‘Runners led 27-11 after one (CSUB scored 27 in the first quarter against Stanislaus State Dec. 6). The Roadrunners held the Sunbirds to three first quarter field goals in the opening stanza while shooting 52.9% (10-of-19) from the field. CSUB held PFU to 25.9% shooting (7-of-27) in the first half to take a 44-23 lead into halftime.
The Roadrunner bench proved to be a major factor in the third. The CSUB substitutes outscored their Fresno Pacific counterparts 11-3 as the ‘Runners took a 61-38 advantage. Both teams shot over 50-percent in the fourth quarter as each squad scored 23 points which created the final 84-61 score.
The Sunbirds’ Ashley Cross led all scorers with 20 points. She made eight of 13 field goal attempts. Bree Alvarez and Alex Green both scored 11 for FPU. Saturday was an exhibition for Fresno Pacific. The Sunbirds are 2-7 on the season.
CSU Bakersfield limited Fresno Pacific to 32.1% shooting (18-of-56) for the game and outrebounded the Sunbirds 51-31 (19-9 on the offensive glass. The ‘Runners shot 46.5% (33-of-71) from the field for the game. CSUB forced 13 turnovers that were turned into 17 points. FPU created 15 Roadrunner turnovers on 12 steals.
“I thought Fresno Pacific would come out and play hard and that’s exactly what they did,” McCall said. “We had to match their intensity and we did that. We did what we were supposed to do. We pounded the boards and got it inside. I thought Brittany, Jazymne, and at times Tylinn Carter did a good job inside. That created opening for our shooters like Addi today.”
The Roadrunners (3-6) host UC Riverside (3-3) Wednesday night. Tip on the WAC Digital Network is set for 7 p.m.