BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—The CSU Bakersfield women’s basketball team used a 23-3 run that spanned nearly 10 minutes to power their way to a 83-48 victory over Chicago State Thursday night.
The Roadrunners led 26-25 with exactly 5:00 to go in the first half when a media timeout was called. Tylinn Carter’s free throws ignited the spurt when was followed by layups from Jazymne Bartee and Aja Williams. Jessica Cerda’s basket with 2:50 to play would be the final points of the half for the Cougars.
The opening frame ended with Brittany Sims putting back her own miss at the basket before Bartee hit a short jumper. Kate Tokuhara’s jumper in the paint extended the CSUB lead to 37-27. Dalis Jones’ three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining sent the ‘Runners into the break with a 13-point lead. The Roadrunners raced to a 49-28 lead to begin the second half. Cerda’s layup at the 4:59 mark put a halt to the game-changing sequence.
CSUB made 10-of-18 field goal attempts in the third quarter including an Erika Williams’ three-pointer at the buzzer to create a 65-38 ‘Runner lead. The Roadrunners limited Chicago State to two fourth quarter baskets as the ‘Runners held an opponent to under 50 points for the third time this season.
“Winning our second in a row was huge,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. “We have been up and down, so putting together back-to-back wins is important. We started slow and picked it up gradually. I thought we took for granted how many players they dressed and with their best player (Sh’Toya Sanders) being out. We were able to put our opponent away like we are supposed to do in a game like this.”
Aja Williams led the Roadrunners with 16 points. She was 7-of-12 from the field. She added three rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Bartee charted her second consecutive double double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. After making all 10 of her shots last Saturday, the 6-2 center connected on her first three against the Cougars before a miss. Tokuahra was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor on the way to a season high 12 points.
Erika Williams scored 10 points. Sims, a senior, grabbed a career high 12 rebounds, scored three points, and made a steal. Cerda scored a game high 21 points for the Cougars. CSUB forced 26 Chicago State turnovers, resulting in 30 Roadrunner points and the 27th consecutive loss for the Cougars (0-20, 0-6 WAC) dating back to last season.
CSU Bakersfield (8-11, 3-2 WAC) hosts UMKC (6-12, 1-4 WAC) Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m.