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Monday, Nov 05 2012 10:31 PM

CSUB women make most of tune-up

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    By Shelby Mack / The Californian

    Cal State Bakersfield's Alyssa Shannon moves past Fresno Pacific's Sienna Gonzalez during the game at the Icardo Center on Monday.

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    By Shelby Mack / The Californian

    Cal State Bakersfield guard Brooklynn Hinkens, Fresno Pacific forward Keri Stephanoff and Cal State Bakersfield forward Tyler Collins (from left to right) jump to catch a rebound during an exhibition game to open the season at the Icardo Center on Monday night.

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    By Shelby Mack / The Californian

    Cal State Bakersfield forward Batabe Zempare, Fresno Pacific center Stephanie Larson and Cal State Bakersfield forwar Lauren Carter (from left to right) leap up to catch a rebound during an exhibition game to unofficially open the season at the Icardo Center on Monday night.

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    By Shelby Mack / The Californian

    Cal State Bakersfield guard Ciarra Ford shoots the ball as she is is blocked by Fresno Pacific's Savannah Vasquez (left) and Jenay Herring (right) during the game at the Icardo Center on Monday.

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

Cal State Bakersfield accomplished what it wanted Monday night in its 115-79 exhibition women's basketball win over Fresno Pacific in the Icardo Center.

It was about getting some competition before Friday's official season opener.

"We're pleased with the win," CSUB coach Greg McCall said. "The girls played hard. It began with the starters and continued with the girls off the bench.

"The one thing we need to do is play smarter. We fouled too much and we had a lot of turnovers."

Fresno Pacific attempted 40 free throws and CSUB had 15 turnovers. But McCall was pleased with the rebounding, a 58-43 edge for the Roadrunners with 20 offensive boards that led to 23 second-chance points. The outcome was never in doubt. CSUB jumped out 11-2 and 25-5 before the game was eight minutes old.

Fresno Pacific, which has completed its transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II status, was playing its third exhibition game. It lost to Fresno State and beat Cal State San Marcos earlier. This was CSUB's first contest, although none of the statistics and the result won't count toward the Roadrunners' season totals because it was an exhibition.

But for a Roadrunner team that was devastated by injuries last season -- there were several games when CSUB had only seven healthy players --this one was vastly different. CSUB used 13 players and 12 of them scored.

Newcomer Janae Coffee, a 6-foot-4 sophomore center who had to sit out last season after transferring from Long Beach State, had 29 points on 13-of-17 shooting. She added 12 rebounds and seven blocks.

"It was hard sitting out last year," said Coffee, who is familiar to Bakersfield basketball fans after leading her Clovis West High School team to three Central Section title game wins over Stockdale. "I was anxious to play and nervous at first, which is unusual for me.

"I need to get into better shape. I haven't played a full game in a long time."

Senior guard Amber Williams and sophomore guard Tyonna Outland, who missed virtually all of last season with a knee injury, added 16 points each. Cebrina Johnson, who also missed last season with a knee injury, added 13 points and seven rebounds. Guard Brooklynn Hinkens and freshman guard Alyssa Shannon from Stockdale had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

"For this game I was really excited," Outland said. "That triggered mistakes, me being a little cautious. But I'm excited to be back playing."

Fresno Pacific sophomore guard Keairra White, a 2011 Bakersfield High graduate, had 28 points, including 11-of-12 from the line. "It's always good to come back home and see my family and my friends," White said. "That gave me an energy boost. I was fired up."

CSUB plays host to Pac-12 member Arizona at 8:30 p.m. Friday. The CSUB men host Texas-Arlington at 6 p.m. Both games are in the Icardo Center.

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