Mar. 8, CSU Bakersfield (15-13, 10-4 WAC) vs. Utah Valley (8-21, 3-11 WAC)
|Points Per Game||64.3||57.7|
|Field Goal Pct.||.405||.375|
|3-point FG Pct.||.344||.305|
|Free throw Pct.||.708||.688|
|Rebounds Per Game||36.8||35.1|
|Assists Per Game||13.8||10.4|
|Turnovers Per Game||16.6||17.0|
|Steals Per Game||8.3||9.3|
|Blocks Per Game||5.3||1.1|
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield heads to Las Vegas this week to compete in the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Roadrunners (15-13, 10-4 WAC) tied for second in the conference this season and will be the third seed in the WAC Tournament. CSUB faces the sixth seed, Utah Valley on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed by the WAC Digital Network.
The winner of the Roadrunner-UVU game will face the winner of the Wednesday matchup between No. 2 Seattle U (13-16, 10-14 WAC) and No. 7 Chicago State (0-28, 0-14 WAC) on Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN 3. The championship game is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. and again will be available on ESPN 3 or the Watch ESPN app.
This is the fourth Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament for CSU Bakersfield. The Roadrunners have advanced to the semifinals in each of the previous three stints in which CSUB has entered the tournament.
Utah Valley, the sixth seed in this week’s WAC Tournament is 8-21, 3-11 in WAC play. Sam Lubcke joined CSUB’s Jazymne Bartee and Aja Williams on the All-WAC Newcomer Team. Lubcke led the conference in rebounding (8.6) and averaged 12.1 poins per game. Taylor Gordon is fifth in the WAC in scoring (14.0 ppg). CSUB defeated UVU in both games this season to take a 12-4 all-time series lead.
Bartee received three different honors Monday as the Western Athletic Conference announced its annual awards, following a vote of the WAC’s eight head coaches. Bartee, a 6-2 redshirt junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., was named second team All-Conference, selected to the WAC’s Al-Defensive Team, and earned a spot on the WAC’s All-Newcomer team. Bartee broke the CSUB Division I school record for most blocks in a season at NM State with four.
The 6-2 center has blocked 69 shots entering this week’s play. The old CSUB mark was 52 set by Janae Coffee during the 2012-13 season. The overall CSUB school record was Jessi Loring’s 56, tallied during the 2005-06. Bartee led the conference in blocked shots (2.5) and is 23rd in Division I in the category. She averaged 8.1 points and was fourth in the conference in rebounding at 7.0 per game.