Jan. 14 NM State (11-6, 3-0 WAC) at CSU Bakersfield (6-10, 1-1 WAC)

Category CSUB NMSU
Points Per Game 64.3 71.2
Field Goal Pct. .397 .424
3-point FG Pct. .341 .350
Free throw Pct. .740 .717
Rebounds Per Game 34.8 39.4
Assists Per Game 13.3 14.2
Turnovers Per Game 17.0 15.5
Steals Per Game 8.3 9.8
Blocks Per Game 4.9 3.8

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield hosts NM State Saturday afternoon to complete the opening weekend of home Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball action. Tip is set for 12 p.m. and will be streamed via the Roadrunner Sports Network via Youtube.com

The Aggies improved to 13-6, 3-0 in the WAC after defeating Grand Canyon 81-65 Thursday night. NMSU’s Brooke Salas led all players with 23 points. Salas was named WAC Player of the Week Jan. 9. She led the Aggies to a pair of wins to open conference play. In the WAC-opener against UMKC, she scored 17 points and brought down seven rebounds to go with three assists and a pair of steals as the Aggies came from behind to win 78-72. She finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, adding four assists, one block and one steal, in a blowout win over Chicago State. 

NM State’s ranks in the top-three in 20 of the 21 recorded WAC team statistical categories. The team's play is featured by leading the conference in six fields over 15 games, including scoring offense (70.6 PPG), scoring defense (60.4 PPG), scoring margin (+10.2), rebounding offense (39.9 RPG), turnover margin (+4.3) and defensive rebounds (26.1 per game).

NM State leads the all-time series against CSUB 4-3.

A 20-0 run that spanned 9+ minutes sent CSU Bakersfield past UT Rio Grande Valley 74-46 in Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball action Thursday night in the Icardo Center. With the win, CSUB improved to 6-10,

The Vaqueros took their lone lead of the night at the 8:06 mark of the second quarter when preseason WAC Player of the Year Shawnte’ Goff charted a layup for a 21-20 UTRGV lead. Keyed by Alexxus Gilbert who scored nine, CSUB posted the next 18 points of the first half to take a 37-20 lead into halftime.  The Vaqueros missed nine field goal attempts, two free throw attempts, and turned the ball over three times to conclude the opening stanza.

UTRGV could not connect on its first four shots of the first half. The Vaqueros finally broke the drought 1:02 into the third quarter as Megan Johnson put back one of her own misses.  The Roadrunner defense would only allow UTRGV to make 4-of-18 shot attempts in the third quarter, as CSUB would lead 58-34. The Roadrunners would lead by as many as 28 in the fourth before the score stood at 74-46 at the final horn.

The Roadrunners held the Vaqueros to 25.4% shooting for the game (16-of-63) and would outrebound UTRGV 54-34. The 54 rebounds are the seventh most in a game for the ‘Runners at the Division I level and were the most by the program since Feb. 14, 2015 when CSUB nabbed 54 boards against NM State. Controlling the glass proved to be a difference for the Roadrunners. CSUB scored 21 second chance points, compared to six for the Vaqueros.

CSUB’s Erika Williams recorded her first career double double as the 6-0 senior forward scored 21 points and tied her career high with 10 rebounds. Gilbert would score 14 while Tylinn Carter would recorded 10 points. Goff was the lone Vaquero in double figures with 13 points.