Offense has rarely come easy to Cal State Bakersfield at any point during this season and wins have come at a premium.
But Saturday transpired exactly the way CSUB needed it to.
The Roadrunners (4-6) snapped a three-game road losing streak with a 72-35 win over Division III Whittier College (3-6) at the Icardo Center.
In a game where the Roadrunners tried to spread the ball around and get everyone their points, according to point guard Dalis Jones said, six different players had eight or more points. Aja Williams led the way with 12 and Jones had 11.
The CSUB defense forced 28 turnovers and scored 29 points off of them. The 28 turnovers were the most by a Roadrunners opponent this season.
“I’m very pleased,” CSUB head coach Greg McCall said. “Especially in the second half with the way we started to execute and do some things a whole lot better and knock down some open shots. I was pleased that we got some inside touches so I’m happy with the output we got today.”
“Of course we’re gonna play defense so we got a lot of shot clock violations against them. We did what we were supposed to do.”
CSUB’s offense was rushed early in the game, missing four of its first six shots, but settled down as the contest carried on. Jazmyne Bartee and Williams hit layups, erasing Whittier’s only lead of the game and putting CSUB up 5-2.
“Early on we were really trying to be too quick and too antsy,” McCall said. “There’s a difference between rushing and using our athletic ability to kind of get by somebody.”
The Roadrunners’ two runs of 17 and 13 straight points nearly matched Whittier’s entire offensive output for the game.
Kate Tokuhara made three 3-pointers and Jones hit two. CSUB’s nine 3s were its most in a game this year.
“I really liked how we passed the ball,” Jones said. “We did really good (with) one more passes. We were really trying to get everybody their points.”
Tokuhara’s 3-pointer with more than eight minutes left in the game gave CSUB its biggest lead of 38 points.
All 12 Roadrunners that got in the game scored.
CSUB seemingly was able to score at will. When the Poets doubled the Roadrunners’ bigs inside, CSUB kicked the ball out to the 3. When the pressure was outside, layups ensued.
“I think we executed our plays very well and this game was a really good bounceback from our losses on the road,” Tokuhara said. “We really played together.”
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