Judging by the amount of adjustments and yelling coming from Cal State Bakersfield women’s basketball coach Greg McCall while his Roadrunners were on defense, you might have thought his team was having a hard time against Cal State Fullerton’s offense.
“Stay right there. Now go up. Ice her. You gotta work,” he yelled in quick succession on one possession.
CSUB (2-3) actually allowed its least amount of points all year, holding Fullerton (1-3) to 43 points in a 55-43 win at the Icardo Center on Wednesday night. The Roadrunners kept the Titans to 25.2 percent shooting and snapped a two-game losing streak.
“We won every quarter,” McCall said referencing the quarter-by-quarter score. “That’s huge.”
Roadrunners center Jazmyne Bartee knocked away four shots and the team blocked seven overall. McCall always tells his players their blocks are going to come when they’re providing help defense and he consistently reminded Bartee to be on help side, Bartee said.
McCall called it Bartee’s best defensive performance of the season.
Even though the offense scored just 10 points in the third quarter and didn’t make its first basket of the half until almost six minutes in, Fullerton hardly made any ground with just one layup of its own. The Titans managed two made shots the entire third quarter for five points.
“We hit a scoring drought,” McCall said. “... We still go stops, though.”
The CSUB offense, which had struggled in its previous two games, converted on 38.2 percent of its shots. Aja Williams had a game-high 14 points and a team-best three assists.
“My team trusts me, my coach trusts me,” Williams said. “I either got to get fouled or get a bucket.”
She made all four of her free throws.
McCall was happy with his offense’s performance and said even the less-used secondary plays looked good.
The Roadrunners will face Southern Utah on Monday. CSUB has yet to win a road game this season.