BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The UTPA women’s basketball team fell to California State-Bakersfield 82-74 on Saturday at the Icardo Center.
Sophomore KaeLynn Boyd led the Broncs (11-10, 5-3 WAC) with a season-high 18 points, a career-high eight rebounds and a season-high seven assists. Junior Jasmine Thompson scored 13 points with five rebounds. Freshman Shawnte’ Goff scored 13 points with three assists.
Tyonna Outland led four Roadrunners (12-8, 6-2 WAC) in double-figures scoring with 21 points and 12 rebounds (seven offensive). Melissa Sweat scored 19 points with five rebounds and six assists. Batabe Zempare scored 14 points with a game-high 21 rebounds (six offensive). Alyssa Shannon scored 11 points, four rebounds and six assists.
Djay Vines scored all eight of her points for the Roadrunners in the first five minutes, hitting two 3s and a pair of free throws to put the Broncs in a quick 14-2 hole.
Junior Cherrell Price hit a 3 on the Broncs’ next possession to kick-off a 22-10 run as the Broncs tied the game at 24-24 on a Boyd free throw with 5:10 remaining in the first half.
Shannon and Brittany Sims hit layups to push the Roadrunners’ lead to 28-24, but Price answered with a 3 and a layup to give the Broncs their first lead at 29-28. Shannon hit a layup and a 3, however, to help the Roadrunners scored the next seven points to go up 35-29.
The Broncs were within four on three occasions in the opening minutes of the second half, including 41-37 after a Thompson jumper, but the Roadrunners went on a 10-2 run to go up 51-39 on an Outland jumper. The Broncs got back to within four with 3:02 remaining on a pair of free throws by sophomore Rickell Preston that made it 72-68, but that’s as close as they got.
The Broncs return home Thursday at 7 p.m. when they host defending WAC champion Seattle U at the UTPA Fieldhouse.