BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—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.
The Vaqueros (12-7, 2-1 WAC) 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 (6-10, 1-1 WAC) 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.
“I was proud how we played today, especially on the defensive end,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. We have been stressing defense in practice. I was happy for Erika to get her first career double double. We need to keep our momentum after getting our first conference win.”
The Roadrunners (6-10, 1-1 WAC) welcome league leader NM State to the Icardo Center on Saturday for a 12 p.m. tip. The Aggies defeated Grand Canyon 81-65 Thursday night to improve to 3-0 in WAC play, 11-6 overall. The game will be streamed on the Roadrunner Sports Network via Youtube.com.