OREM, Utah—Jazmyne Bartee nearly turned in a triple-double as the 6-2 center rallied CSU Bakersfield back from a nine-point second half deficit to defeat Utah Valley 63-59 in overtime in Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon.
“It was a gut check type of game,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. "We kept to the game plan and we were fortunate to come out with the win."
The CSUB defense forced the Wolverines to miss their first eight field goal attempts. CSUB would get out to a 13-4 lead. Taylor Gordon’s ability to draw fouls on the Roadrunners kept the Wolverines in the first quarter. She was 6-of-6 from the free throw line before UVU would record their first basket at the 1:59 mark. Utah Valley mounted an 8-0 charge to end the first for a 13-12 score after one quarter of play.
The Wolverines’ run would end being 11-0 as UVU kept the Roadrunners off the board for 4:43 before an Aja Williams’ three-point regained the lead for CSUB. A ‘Runner defensive stop led to an Alexxus Gilbert three. The Roadrunners pushed the lead to 21-17 but CSUB would not score for nearly six minutes prior to a Jazmine Johnson bucket. UVU outscored the ‘Runners 10-2 over the final 6+ minutes of the opening stanza to lead 27-23 at halftime.
A pair of Mariah Seals three-pointers launched the Wolverines into an 8-2 spurt that opened the second half and resulted in a CSUB timeout 2:26 into the third. Bartee’s layup got the ‘Runners going again. Bartee missed the first CSUB free throw of the game and was unable to complete the three-point play. Four possessions would go by before Bartee cut the lead to 35-29 with a layup. With the media timeout in the books, Bartee scored again to further chip away at the UVU advantage.
She was called for a foul on Sam Lubke the next time down which led to a pair of made free throws. Trailing 37-31, Bartee recorded her third consecutive basket. CSUB forced a UVU timeout with 1:13 to go in the third when Johnson made a steal and went the distance for a layup. The Roadrunners held Utah Valley without a field goal for over six minutes before a Lubcke layup with seven seconds to go in the quarter. CSUB quickly moved the ball up the court for Johnson who sank a buzzer-beating three-pointer to make it a one-point game.
Williams got the fourth quarter off to a good start for the ‘Runners with a jumper and the first CSUB lead of the half. The Roadrunners forced a turnover which led to a Bartee transition basket. CSUB again used the press to force a UVU turnover, leading to Bartee’s eighth field goal of the game. Up 44-39, the Roadrunners were called for a foul. Gordon made 1-of-2 free throws. CSUB got the ball back quickly, with Williams scoring to put the Roadrunners up 46-40.
The game changed when Bartee was whistled for her fourth foul with 7:35 remaining. Gordon sank both free throw attempts. Lubcke’s offensive rebound led to Gordon jumper and 46-44 ‘Runner lead. Utah Valley got the defensive stop they needed, leading to a Gordon three-point play and the lead back in the hands of the Wolverines. Williams responded with a layup on the ensuing possession.
Coming out of the media timeout, Gilbert’s putback increased the ‘Runner lead. However, Gordon’s 11th and 12th free throws of the game created a two-point lead. Erika Williams was fouled on a drive, but could not complete the three-point play, keeping it a one-possession game, 52-49. Lubcke would cut the lead to 52-51 with a layup. The teams would go scoreless over the next minute. CSUB missed two of three-pointers, but were able to get the offensive rebound each time. Off the second miss, the Roadrunners called timeout with 87 seconds remaining.
Out of the timeout, Aja Williams missed a jumper, the ball did not hit the rim, resulting in a 30-second violation at the 1:14 mark. UVU worked the ball inside to Lubcke inside. Her layup was blocked by Erika Williams, but the Wolverines earned the offensive rebound. Lubcke missed again inside, not touching the rim, resulting in a team turnover for UVU. The Roadrunners went on offense, but Johnson the ball over with 20 seconds remaining. UVU called timeout setting up the game winning three-pointer for Leos. CSUB called timeout with four seconds, advancing the ball to half court. Erika Williams threw the ball into Bartee coming off a screen. She drove to the basket for a layup and a tie game.
Utah Valley called timeout with three seconds to go. UVU went to Gordon who drove the lane, but her attempt was blocked by Erika Williams, sending the game into overtime. The Wolverines were called for two fouls in the first 38 seconds of overtime. The second, would result in two Bartee free throws. Keana Delo Santos returned the lead to UVU with a three-pointer on Utah Valley’s first offensive possession.
Aja Williams earned the lead once again for the Roadrunner with the first made three-pointer of the second half (and overtime) with just under three to go in the extra session. Bartee went 10-for-10 from the field when she grabbed an offensive rebound and scored off an Erika Williams miss. She was fouled on the play and converted the free throw for 62-57 CSUB lead.
Seals was fouled with just under two to go. She made the first, but missed the second. UVU forced a CSUB miss. Trailing by four, UVU drew the fifth foul on Bartee with 1:15 to go. The foul sent Jordan Holland to the free throw line. She only made one of the two free throw attempts. Aja Williams missed a three-point attempt which Gordon grabbed the rebound on. Gordon couldn’t take advantage as she missed from the field. The Roadrunners were awarded the team rebound and called time out with 37 seconds remaining.
CSUB worked the clock down to 11 seconds when Tylinn Carter missed a three-point field goal attempt. The ball went off the back of the rim and was jockeyed around the paint. A held ball was called, CSUB had the possession arrow in their favor, awarding Addi Walters an offensive rebound with three seconds to go.
UVU (6-13, 1-3 WAC) called timeout and fouled Aja Williams with two seconds on the clock. Williams was 1-of-2 from the line, clinching the CSU Bakersfield victory. The Wolverines called timeout but it was for naught as Aja Williams made a steal to run out the clock.
Bartee was 10-of-10 from the field, tying the CSUB Division I record for highest field goal percentage in a game. Two other players were perfect from the field in school history, most recently, Madison McKenney who was 8-of-8 from the floor against UC Irvine on Nov. 16, 2011. Bartee scored a season high 23 points and completed her second double-double of the year with a season high 13 rebounds. She blocked eight shots, the second most in a game by a Roadrunner player at the Division I level.
“What a performance by Jaz Bartee,” McCall said. “We’ve been working on her footwork and combine that with her energy, it really paid off. Jaz Johnson, played strong defense and gave us a lot of energy.”
Aja Williams ended the game with 13 points while Johnson added a season best 10. Gordon scored 23 of the 59 Wolverine points. She was 12-of-13 from the free throw line, but only connected of 5-of-20 field goal attempts. Lubcke and Seals each added 10 for UVU.
The Roadrunners limited the Wolverines to 28% shooting from the floor (16-of-58). Utah Valley held a 25-7 advantage at the free throw line. UVU made 20 free throw attempts compared to four for the ‘Runners. CSUB outrebounded the Wolverines 45-42. UVU scored 26 points off 18 Roadrunner turnovers. The 'Runners blocked 13 shots, breaking the school record (Division I or Division II) for most blocks in a game. The previous Division I or Division II CSUB record was 12 set against Stanislaus State on Jan. 27, 2006.
The Roadrunners (7-11, 2-2 WAC) host Chicago State (0-19, 0-5 WAC) Thursday at 5 p.m. The game will be streamed on the WAC Digital Network.