BY NATHAN SANCHEZ Special to The Californian
Freshman forward Batabe Zempare has had a solid first season for Cal State Bakersfield.
She had a career night Thursday.
Behind Zempare's 26 points and 18 rebounds, the Roadrunners pulled away in the second half and downed New Mexico State 86-63 in the Icardo Center.
"It's something special," Zempare said. "I've never had this high of a double-double. I just wanted to step up and do what my team needed. I had a really good week of practice. And I'm glad it paid off."
Zempare wasn't alone.
The Roadrunners had four other players score in double figures. Junior guard Tyonna Outland had 17 points, Melissa Sweat and Shaquita Sims had 15 points each and Dajy Vines scored 11.
"As long as everybody contributes, we're gonna get wins," Outland said. "At the end of the day we trust each other."
The victory moved CSUB (11-8, 5-2 Western Athletic Conference) into a three-way tie for second place in the WAC with Texas-Pan American, which plays at CSUB at 1 p.m. Saturday, and Seattle.
It was 35-35 at halftime and New Mexico State (6-14, 3-4 WAC) took a six-point lead early in the second half before the Roadrunners turned things around.