CHICAGO—CSU Bakersfield held off Chicago State 71-67 in Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars drew seven first quarter fouls against the Roadrunners, which allowed Chicago State to get to the free throw line 11 times. The Cougars could not take advantage, only making six attempts. Tylinn Carter scored six points as CSUB led 19-12 after one quarter.
Led by Erika Williams who was 7-of-9 from the field (for 18 points), the Roadrunners began the fourth quarter with a 13-point lead, 56-43. The Cougars charted the first five points of the period to cut into the CSUB advantage. A Destiny Harris three-pointer would make it a 57-53 game at the 7:05 mark. The Roadrunners steadied themselves, dumping the ball inside to Jazymne Bartee who made a layup. Jessica Cerda scored the next time down for Chicago State, capping off the 12-3 outburst and forcing a CSUB timeout.
CSUB scored five of the next eight points out of the timeout to get the lead back up to six. A pair of Allen free throws reduced the score to 64-60 before Bartee made 1-of-2 from the line to keep it a two-possession game. The teams would exchange possessions before Harris sank a three with 2:33 to play. Williams responded with a fast break layup. The teams again traded defensive stops before Bartee stole the ball from Harris with 1:48 remaining. The steal led to an Aja Williams layup. Up 69-63, Calin Nix missed a layup. Bartee got the rebound. The Roadrunners worked the clock down to 34 seconds and called timeout.
CSUB committed a turnover out of the timeout and committed a foul, which sent Allen to the line. She made both for 69-65 game. Harris fouled a Roadrunner player at the 25-second mark. The Cougars were under the limit, leading to the ‘Runners keeping the ball. CSUB committed a turnover with 13 seconds remaining, leading to a Chicago State timeout. Nix scored four seconds later for a 69-67 game, committing her fifth foul to stop the clock almost immediately. The infraction sent Alexxus Gilbert to the free throw line where she made both attempts.
The Cougars again called timeout, inbounding the ball at half court. Nadia Miller’s three fell short, Aja Williams grabbed the rebound and was fouled. The junior forward missed both free throw attempts. CSUB was awarded a team rebound as the horn sounded, keeping the Cougars winless for the season (0-27, 0-13 WAC).
The Cougars forced 21 CSUB turnovers, leading to 17 points. The Roadrunners shot 50.9% (28-of-55) for the game, compared to 38.9% (21-of-54) for Chicago State. CSUB outrebounded the Cougars 42-27.
Erika Williams paced CSUB with 20 points. She ended the game 8-of-11 from the floor, 4-of-6 from three-point range. Bartee scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. The 6-2 center grabbed a game high nine rebounds. Addi Walters went 4-of-5 from three-point range to score 12 points. Allen led Chicago State with 20 points. Harris scored 17 with Nix charting 12. Cerda had 11.
“It was another hard fought road victory,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. “The made a nice run at the end, but I’m proud how we able to fight and get the road victory.”
The Roadrunners (14-13, 9-4 WAC) complete the regular season next Saturday at Grand Canyon. Tip is set for 2 p.m. (MT).