LAS CRUCES, N.M.—Western Athletic Conference leader NM State held CSU Bakersfield to two third quarter field goals as the Aggies defeated the Roadrunners 69-55 Thursday night.
NMSU led 35-26 at halftime before holding scoring the first 10 points of the second half. The ‘Runners went without a field goal for the first three minutes and were 2-for-11 for the 10-minute stanza. CSUB outscored the Aggies 23-16 in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough as the ‘Runners had their four-game winning streak snapped by 14 points.
NM State held CSUB to 29.1% shooting for the game (16-of-55). The ‘Runner defense kept the club in the game, holding the Aggies to 35.6% (26-of-73) for the game. NMSU outrebounded CSUB 52-38, 24-13 on the offensive glass. NM State forced 17 ‘Runner turnovers, compared to 12 for the Aggies.
Jazmyne Bartee recorded her fifth consecutive double-double with 11 points and 17 rebounds. She blocked four shots which gives her 53 for the year, a new CSUB new Division I school record. The 6-2 center broke the old mark of 52, set by Janae Coffee during the 2012-13 campaign. The overall CSUB school record is Jessi Loring’s 56, tallied during the 2005-06. Freshman Daije Harris scored a season best 13 points while Aja Williams charted 12. Kate Tokuhara scored 11 for the Roadrunners.
Four Aggies scored in double figures with Brook Salas leading the way with 16. Zaire Williams had 15 while Moriah Mack charted 15. Brianna Freeman also put up a double-double as she scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
“We didn’t play very well, tonight,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. “We were sloppy and they crushed us on offensive boards. We did some good things towards the end, but the bottom line is that we did not play a disciplined game, which is what you need to play a good team like NMSU.”
The Roadrunners (10-12, 5-3 WAC) travel to UT Rio Grande Valley (16-9, 6-3 WAC) Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT). The game is available on the WAC Digital Network.