BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Tylinn Carter recorded her first career double-double for CSU Bakersfield, but it wasn’t enough as NM State improved to 4-0 in the Western Athletic Conference with a 64-55 victory over the Roadrunners Saturday afternoon.
The first half was a physical one as the teams combined for 23 fouls. The Roadrunners were whistled for 15 of the infractions as all five CSUB starters were called for at least two fouls. CSUB held NMSU to just six field goals (in 25 attempts) but the foul trouble allowed the Aggies to head to the free throw line 16 times. NM State (12-6) connected on 11 attempts from the charity stripe (compared to 2-of-4 for CSU Bakersfield) and led 25-20 at halftime.
The Roadrunners chipped away and cut the NMSU advantage to two when Carter made a pair of free throws. NM State made four of their first five three-point attempts of the third quarter to key a 13-2 run that led to NMSU’s largest lead of the game, 13, with 3:23 to play in the third.
The ‘Runners battled again, working the lead down to 44-40 13 seconds into the fourth when Kate Tokuhara connected on a layup off a back door cut. Paced by current WAC Player of the Week Brook Salas, who posted four points, NMSU used a 10-2 spurt that again put the Aggies lead into double-digits. The closest the Roadrunners would get would be seven when Daije Harris made 1-of-2 free throws with 2:54 to play.
With only two team fouls in the fourth quarter at the midway mark, CSUB began to foul to try to preserve time. Once the Roadrunners hit the five-foul mark, the Aggies went to the line. NM State took advantage, making all eight attempts from the free throw line in the final 1:18 for the final nine-point margin of victory.
Carter reset her career highs with 17 points and 12 rebounds. She was 6-of-9 from the field, 5-of-5 from the free throw line. She also added a block and a steal. Moriah Mack and Gia Pack each tallied 14 to lead NM State.
CSUB held the Aggies to 32.7% shooting for the game (18-of-55) and outrebounded NMSU 38-36. The Roadrunners committed 25 turnovers that resulted in 20 NMSU points. The Aggies made 13 steals despite turning the ball over 18 turnovers. The teams combined for 44 fouls in the game, 25 for CSUB, 19 for the Aggies. NMSU would make 22-of-30 free throw attempts in the game, compared to 13-of-18 for CSU Bakersfield.
“I thought we worked hard and really defended well,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. “We had some calls that didn’t go our way today. I do not like the outcome of the game, but I liked what I saw today. We committed 25 turnovers, and you cannot win games like that.”
The Roadrunners (6-11, 1-2 WAC) travel to Utah Valley (6-12, 1-2 WAC) next Saturday for a 3 p.m. (MT) tip. The contest is the WAC Digital Network Game of the Week.