After Taelor Ross (Vancouver, Wash.) tied the game, 2-2, on a jumper early, the Roadrunners jumped out to a 13-4 lead with 5:29 left in the opening quarter and would lead 20-9 on a Tylinn Carter jumper near the buzzer.
CSUB scored the first six points of the second quarter before a Wilma Afunugo (Plano, Texas) layup cut the Redhawk deficit to 13, 30-17, with 3:43 until half, which would be the halftime deficit, 36-23.
Tal Sahar (Tarzana, Calif.) hit a pair of three’s early in the second half followed by a Kaylee Best (Seattle, Wash.) jumper to cut the Bakersfield lead to four, 36-32, and hit another nearly four minutes later to cut it to four, 43-39, once again with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter.
Back-to-back layups from Best and Cydnee Ceballos (Phoenix, Ariz.) brought the Redhawks within two, 45-43, by the four-minute mark of the third period but the Roadrunners would extend their lead back to nine, 52-43, with 90 seconds left until the final break. An Ashlyn Lewey (Spokane, Wash.) three-pointer with a minute left in the third quarter cut the SU deficit to six, 52-46.
Ceballos drove in a layup and added a free throw two minutes into the fourth quarter to pull SU within three, 52-49, once again but it would be as close as they would come as Bakersfield extended their lead back to 14, 66-52, the final margin.
Best led the Redhawks with 14 points while Sahar added 12 on four three’s and Lewey scored 10.
Prior to and after the game, the Redhawks honored their three-member senior class – Ross, Ceballos, and Kristin Stoffel (Mill Creek, Wash.)
The Redhawks will play Bakersfield on Wednesday, Mar. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Western Athletic Conference tournament in Las Vegas.