BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Aja Williams recorded her first double-double to lead five CSU Bakersfield players in double figures Saturday as the Roadrunners closed out the regular season with an 80-64 victory over Grand Canyon.
Williams scored 16 points and grabbed a season best 10 rebounds. She also added five assists and one steal. Erika Williams charted 16 points and seven rebounds. The 6-0 forward was 7-of-7 from the free throw line and had two assists. Point guard Alexxus Gilbert scored 13 while Jazymne Bartee tallied her seventh double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Brittany Sims came off the bench to relieve Bartee at center and she was 5-of-5 from the floor on the way to 12 points.
CSUB led by eight after one and held the Antelopes to 29.4% shooting in the second to take a 38-27 lead into halftime. The Roadrunners limited GCU to five goals in the third quarter and just seven in the fourth. Grand Canyon would shoot 35.4 (23-of-65) for the game. For the fourth time this season, CSUB shot 50% from the field as the ‘Runners made 28-of-56 field goal attempts.
The Roadrunners outrebounded Grand Canyon 43-30. Marina Laramie, the leading scoring in the Western Athletic Conference, had a game high 25 points. Aniya Baker scored 13 with Zelor Massaquoi posting 11 for the Antelopes.
"I thought that we played our best game of the season today and we are going to look to carry that momentum into the WAC Tournament," said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. "We have been working on our offense and today we were patient and were able to make our open looks."
At 10-4 in WAC play, CSUB has secured the minimum of a three seed at next week’s WAC Tournament. CSUB (15-14) will await the result of the 4 p.m. Saturday game between Seattle U and Utah Valley before punching their WAC tourney ticket. If the Redhawks lose, CSUB would move up to the two seed. The league tournament begins Mar. 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.