By CALIFORNIAN STAFF REPORT
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Janae Coffee sank a pair of free throws with 38 seconds left and Cal State Bakersfield held on for a 71-68 victory Monday over Northern Arizona.
Coffee's free throws put CSUB (1-1) up 70-68, but the Lumberjacks (0-2) had three offensive rebouds on their following possession and failed to score.
Tyonna Outland finally came away the ball and was fouled. She made 1 of 2 free throws, and Northern Arizona's Amy Patton missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
"Janae kept staying with it, made it tough on the them and she was able to use her strengths to foul out both of their starting bigs," CSUB coach Greg McCall said.
The Roadrunners overcame an 11-point first half deficit, using a 12-2 run to start the second half to take the lead. CSUB built its lead to 10 points before the Lumberjacks rallied.
Amber Williams had a team-high 15 points for the 'Runners, and Coffee finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Outland scored 11 points, while Ciarra Ford had 10.
Patton led all scorers with 29 points.
"Patton is a really good player," McCall said. "We did a really good job against her, trying to make her work for every bucket she scored. "We struggled with their zone in the first half, but we were able to shoot over it in the second half and that forced them to play man-to-man. Our defense did a good job and we were able to use our bench and keep using fresh bodies to overcome the altitude."
CSUB (1-1) returns to the Icardo Center this weekend for games Friday against Sacramento State (7 p.m.) and Sunday against UC Riverside (4 p.m.).