Roadrunner guard Aja Williams drives around Fresno Pacific's Rachel Berry. Williams will be key to CSUB's success during conference play, head coach Greg McCall noted.

Western Athletic Conference play doesn’t start until Saturday but CSUB women’s basketball head coach Greg McCall already has his eyes on the top.

“I think we’re in a position where we have a chance and an opportunity to win the league outright for the first time in history,” he said. “I’m looking forward to putting ourselves in position even before we get to the tournament, to win the league outright.”

CSUB went 6-8 in non-conference play and faces Utah Valley in the Icardo Center at 1 p.m. on Saturday. McCall’s plan to win the WAC outright hinges on the first three games of the conference schedule, he said.

The Roadrunners head to Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Jan. 11 and New Mexico State on Jan. 13. For McCall, that means facing the top three teams in the conference right away and if CSUB can win all three, it will be in position to sit atop the WAC through March.

McCall views each season as having three parts. There’s non-conference play, which he calls preseason, conference play and the conference tournament. With the second part of the season coming up, McCall is hoping his team gets a second wind and new sense of urgency.

Though CSUB is 33rd in the country and tops in the WAC with 56.1 points allowed per game, it is 327th in the nation and seventh in the conference with just 55.1 points scored per game. The offense is coming along, McCall said, and guards Aja Williams and Jazmine Johnson will be the biggest factors to CSUB’s success.

“This thing is so wide open,” he said.

Wrestling places five at Southern Scuffle

The two-day Southern Scuffle wrestling tournament in Tennessee ended with five CSUB wrestlers placing in the top eight. The Roadrunners finished eighth out of 24 teams.

Coleman Hammond (157 pounds) led the way with a fourth place finish and Sergio Mendez (125) and Matt Williams (197) both landed in sixth. Sean Nickell (133) took seventh and Russell Rohlfing (141) took eighth to round out the placers. Carlos Herrera (141) was the only CSUB wrestler to compete on the second day and not place because he lost to Rohlfing in the first consolation match of the day.

Nickell upset 18th-ranked Corey Keener from Penn State, 7-0, in his first match on Tuesday.

Jon Mettus can be reached at 661-395-7389. Follow him on Twitter at @jmettus

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