Feb. 9 CSU Bakersfield (10-11, 5-2 WAC) at NM State (16-6, 8-0 WAC)
|Points Per Game||64.6||69.8|
|Field Goal Pct.||.405||.422|
|3-point FG Pct.||.333||.335|
|Free throw Pct.||.727||.713|
|Rebounds Per Game||35.8||38.6|
|Assists Per Game||13.6||13.5|
|Turnovers Per Game||16.8||15.5|
|Steals Per Game||8.7||10.0|
|Blocks Per Game||5.3||3.6|
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—An important matchup is on the horizon for the CSU Bakersfield women’s basketball team Thursday night as the Roadrunners face league leader NM State in Las Cruces. Tip is set for 7 p.m. (MT) and will be streamed on the WAC Digital Network.
NM State is 16-6 and leads the Western Athletic Conference with an 8-0 record. NMSU is 34-2 in league games that date back to the start of the 2014-15 season. CSUB handed the Aggies one of those losses when the Roadrunners defeated NM State 82-78 on Feb. 14, 2015 in Bakersfield.
At 13.8 points per game, Brooke Salas leads the team in scoring and is seventh in the WAC in scoring. The other two leading NMSU scorers; Brianna Freeman and Moriah Mack have both scored their 1000th career point during their careers in Las Cruces. NMSU defeated CSUB 64-55 Jan. 14 to take a 5-3 all-time series lead.
CSUB won its season high fourth in a row last Saturday when the ‘Runners defeated Grand Canyon 74-59. Aja Williams led four Roadrunners in double figures with 20 point. Jazymne Bartee posted her fourth consecutive double-double last week. She was a perfect 7-7 from the floor for 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the ‘Lopes.
Unfortunately for both squads, a physical altercation occurred in the fourth quarter. With 8:12 remaining, Grand Canyon’s Marina Laramie drove to the basket and was whistled for an offensive foul. A scrum ensued near the GCU bench. When the dust settled, four players, Laramie and Zelor Massaquoi for Grand Canyon and Alexxus Gilbert and Tylinn Carter for CSUB were ejected for fighting.
Six Roadrunner players were ejected for leaving the bench while two other Antelopes were sent to the showers for the same offense. Two GCU assistant coaches and a trainer were also ejected while one CSUB assistant was disqualified for the rest of the game. Six players were eligible to play for the Roadrunners for the final portion of the game.
On Feb. 6, the WAC announced the following penalities for the incident;
• GCU’s Laramie and Massaquoi will both serve an automatic one-game suspension per their ejections for fighting, which will be served on Thursday at UTRGV.
• CSUB’s Carter will serve an automatic one-game suspension per her ejection for fighting, which will be served on Thursday at NM State.
• CSUB’s Gilbert will serve a two-game suspension, which includes an automatic one-game suspension per her ejection for fighting and a one-game suspension for violation of WAC Sportsmanship Policy. She will serve her suspension this week.
• CSUB’s Jerice Fears will serve a one-game suspension for violation of WAC Sportsmanship Policy.
• The other players, coaches and staff that were ejected for leaving the bench area will serve no further penalty.