BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield allowed the fewest points to an opponent in Roadrunner women’s basketball history Saturday as CSUB defeated Missouri-Kansas City 52-33 in Western Athletic Conference action.
The previous low allowed at the Division I level by CSUB was 36 against Utah Valley on Dec. 9, 2009. The previous low given up at the Division II level by the ‘Runners was 37 against Western Oregon on Nov. 21, 2003.
“I want to credit our defense today,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. “We played really hard and tough today.”
The Kangaroos (6-14, 1-2 WAC) leaped to an 8-2 run to start the game as India Johnson and Samantha Waldron connected on three-point attempts. When Aries Washington made a pair of free throws to go up six at the 7:55 mark of the first half, the Roadrunners outscored UMKC 50-25.
CSUB had shooting woes of their own in the first half. The ‘Runners were 5-of-17 from the field in the first quarter and 10-for-32 for the opening half. The Roadrunners clawed their way back into the game and would take a 21-20 lead into halftime when Jazmine Johnson put back a Dalis Jones miss with eight seconds to go in the first stanza.
“We couldn’t hit a shot in the first half, but we were able to keep them off the scoreboard,” McCall said.
CSUB, who entered the game in the top half of the WAC in three-point shooting, missed all 10 of its first half three-point attempts. Erika Williams got the ‘Runners on the board from three-point land with back-to-back three’s to begin the third quarter. Williams’ three-pointers keyed an 11-0 spurt that would create a double-digit lead for the ‘Runners. CSUB concluded the third up 38-28.
Never team scored in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter until UMKC’s Lyndsay Leikem put back her own miss under the basket. Five straight points from Aja Williams extended the lead for good for the Roadrunners. The ‘Roos would only score five points in the final 10 minutes.
“I told our team at halftime that if we keep shooting that we are getting the looks we want and the ball will go in,” McCall commented. “We did a better job in the second half of executing our offense.”
CSUB would hold the Kangaroos to 28.3% shooting for the game (13-of-46). After the making their first two three-point attempts, the ‘Roos would go 0-for-10 for the rest of the game. The Roadrunners forced 18 Kansas City turnovers that CSUB turned into 17 points. The ‘Runners would go 13-of-27 from the field in the second half and shoot 39% for the game (23-of-59). Saturday marked the fourth time this season that the ‘Runners have allowed fewer than 50 points in a game.
Jazymne Bartee recorded her third consecutive double double. She scored a game high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, also a game high. The 6-2 center also blocked three shots and made a steal. Erika Williams scored 12 points and had four assists. Washington scored 10 points and charted nine rebounds for the Kangaroos.
The Roadrunners (9-11, 4-2 WAC) close out a three-game home stand next Saturday against Grand Canyon. Tip and coverage on the Roadrunner Sports Network via Youtube.com begins at 1 p.m.