In a key game for Western Athletic Conference seeding entering next week’s league tournament, the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners women’s basketball team lost in double-overtime to Grand Canyon on Saturday at the Icardo Center.
The Roadrunners fell 77-76 in double-OT to the Antelope.
With the loss, CSUB fell to 16-12 overall and 10-4 in the WAC. The loss dropped the Roadrunners — who entered the day as the top seed in the conference — to the No. 2 seed entering the league tournament. They will face No. 7 Texas-Rio Grande Valley in Wednesday’s opening round at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The game is scheduled to tip off at 2:30 p.m.
Grand Canyon is seeded No. 3 in the WAC Tournament bracket and will play Utah Valley on Wednesday.
The winners of those two games will meet in Friday’s semifinals at noon.
“Good game, hats off to them. We’ll probably see them again going into the conference tournament,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall following Saturday’s loss. “We’re just getting ourselves prepared for that now.”
The Roadrunners have played UTRG twice this season, winning both times — 67-64 at UTRG and 71-30 in Bakersfield.
Saturday’s loss was nip-and-tuck all the way through. The Roadrunners led 13-8 after the first quarter and 30-26 at halftime.
Grand Canyon outscored CSUB 19-16 in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.
Trailing by one in the second overtime, Jazmine Johnson drove to the basket and had an open layup along the left side. The shot rolled out, however, and Grand Canyon hung on for the victory.
“The Basketball Gods said ‘No’ on the layup,” McCall said. “That girl makes that layup 10 out of 10 times. But all it takes is that one time, for her to miss that layup.”
The Roadrunners got a game-high 22 points from Aja Williams. Johnson added 12 points and six rebounds, while Alexxus Gilbert scored 11 and Malayasia McHenry finished with 10.
Jazmyne Bartee scored seven points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Grand Canyon got 18 points and six rebounds from Brie Mobley and 16 points from Jessica Gajewski.
McCall confirmed after the game that Alize Lofton, who’s started 12 games for the Roadrunners, will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn achilles tendon suffered last week at Utah Valley.
New Mexico State is the WAC’s No. 1 seed entering next week’s tournament.