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Wednesday, Mar 12 2014 11:18 PM

CSUB women survive Utah Valley in tournament opener

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

LAS VEGAS -- Tyonna Outland had a quiet game by her standards Wednesday night.

But the Cal State Bakersfield junior guard converted when it counted.

Second-seeded CSUB rallied from behind to edge seventh-seeded Utah Valley 65-63 in overtime in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in the Orleans Arena.

Outland, who finished with 17 points, hit a jump shot with 39 seconds left in overtime to put the Roadrunners ahead 61-60. She added two free throws with six seconds left to make it 65-61 and put the game away. The Wolverines (7-23) scored a last-second layup for the final score.

CSUB (19-10) advances to Friday's 2:30 p.m. semifinals against third-seeded Seattle (15-15), which beat Kansas City 81-76.

In other scores, top-seeded Idaho (23-8) routed Chicago State 84-43 and New Mexico State (11-19) downed Texas-Pan American 86-74.

CSUB forced overtime by holding the Wolverines scoreless over the final 2:19. Dajy Vines, who had 14 points, tied it for CSUB with a layup with 1:53 remaining.

Utah Valley scored the first four points in overtime. The Roadrunners stayed alive and set up Outland's finish when Erika Williams hit four straight free throws to pull CSUB within 60-59.

Melissa Sweat added 15 points for CSUB before fouling out late in regulation.

Utah Valley's 6-foot-5 sophomore center, Sam Loggins, had 28 points, and Rhaiah Spooner-Knight had 10 points and 17 rebounds.

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