By Taylor Long
The CSU Bakersfield’s women’s basketball team dropped both games of its two-game Northern California road trip over the weekend.
The Roadrunners (1-3) faced the San Jose State Spartans on Friday, Nov. 17.
The Roadrunners fell behind early to the Spartans but made a late comeback.
They eventually fell 67-57.
San Jose State (2-2) jumped on the Roadrunners right out of the gate, leading after the first quarter 26-10.
The Roadrunners caught up in the second quarter, outscoring the Spartans 16-6 in the frame.
Junior forward Malaysia McHenry led the Roadrunners with seven points and three boards in the quarter. She finished with 12 points and four steals.
San Jose State made eight-of-ten free throws while CSUB made only one-of-four.
Senior redshirt-center Jazmyne Bartee and junior guard Alexxus Gilbert helped cut the 16-point deficit with six points each in the frame for the Roadrunners.
Bartee ended the night with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Gilbert finished with eight points and three assists.
“We battled all the way back to be in the game at the end,” said Head Coach Greg McCall to gorunners.com. “We had a lot of mental errors, a lot of fundamental errors down the stretch, but I’m very proud of how hard we battled to get ourselves back into position to win it. Now we just have to learn how to go out and win it with this young group.”
Yet again, the Spartans came out on top by the end of the third quarter extending their lead by nine points and finishing in the fourth with a 67-57 victory.
The Roadrunners made it a close call as sophomore guard Dalis Jones made a three-pointer with seven minutes remaining to give CSUB a 48-47 lead.
“We’ll try to get focused for Stanford,” said McCall to gorunners.com. “It will be a good game for us to get focused and bounce back.”
The Roadrunners fell short to No. 9 Stanford 57-34 on Sunday, November 19.
The Roadrunners held their own throughout the game putting up a tough fight against nationally-ranked Stanford.
In previous games, the Cardinal have been a tough competitor for the Roadrunners. Stanford defeated the Roadrunners in the Icardo Center last season, 77-56.
CSUB trailed 21-11 at halftime against the Cardinal.
Sophomore guard Daije Harris led CSUB with 10 points.
McHenry also helped CSUB put some points on the board with five points, six rebounds and one assist.
Senior forward Aja Williams scored seven points but shot only 3-for-13 from the floor. She is the team leader in points per game with 9.5.
The Roadrunners managed to shoot only 24 percent on their field goal attempts while the Cardinal shot 39 percent.
The Cardinal (1-2) also outrebounded CSUB by a 44-30 margin.
CSUB is scheduled to have their next game against Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, November 22 at 7 p.m. in the Icardo Center.