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Published
December 28, 2002
By
Micah McDaniel
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CS Bakersfield 81
Azusa Pacific 63

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – CS Bakersfield, ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, used a 16-0 run midway through the first half to turn a 21-14 deficit into a 30-21 lead en route to an 81-63 win on the first day of the 2002 GSAC Challenge hosted by The Master’s College.

Junior Marie Dyk hit a jumper with 8:44 to play in the opening half to give the Cougars’ their largest lead of the contest (21-14) when the Roadrunners scored 16 consecutive points over the next 7:07 to eventually take a 30-21 lead with 1:37 to play. A Lindsey West jumper and a pair of Heather Heal free throws momentarily stemmed the tide, but the Roadrunners held a 9-point (34-25) advantage at the intermission.

The Roadrunner opened the second half with a 12-4 spurt to open up a 17-point (46-29) lead just 5:04 into the second half. The Cougars began to chip away at the deficit and climbed within 7 points (64-57) on a Dyk 3-pointer with 5:17 to play. However, keyed by back-to-back treys, the Roadrunners went on a 15-2 spurt to open up a 20-point (79-59) advantage with 1:24 to play to put the game away.

West led the Cougars with 13 points, including 6-of-7 from the field. Sophomore Kelsey Hudson added 10 points and 9 rebounds. Junior Candis Regan finished with 10 points off the bench.

The Cougars were out-rebounded 48-32, including 22-5 on the offensive glass, which led to 23 second-chance points for the Roadrunners. The Cougars also committed 27 turnovers, which led to another 21 points for CSUB.

With the loss, Azusa Pacific drops to 3-9. CS Bakersfield improves to 5-1.