BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--Lauren Carter’s (R-Jr., Moorpark, Calif, Moorpark HS) layup with three seconds remaining capped off a furious CSU Bakersfield comeback and gave the Roadrunners a 89-87 victory over Seattle University in the women’s basketball season finale for both schools.

Seattle (18-11) led 80-69 with 5:35 remaining when the Roadrunners mounted a 14-2 run, which was finished by a Carter three-pointer at the 1:03 mark that gave CSUB its first lead of the game. Kacie Sowell returned the advantage to the Redhawks with a pair of free throws 12 seconds later. With 41 seconds to go, Carter connected on a layup for a 85-84 Roadrunner lead. CSUB (7-22) pushed the lead to 87-84 when Kristine Herman (R-Sr., San Ramon, Calif., Florida Gulf Coast) sank a pair of free throws. Elle Kerfoot tied the game at 87 when she made a three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining, setting the stage for Carter’s gamewinning basket. A three-point attempt by Talisa Rhea at the buzzer fell short. 

Herman led all scorers with 27 points. She also led the Roadrunners with nine rebounds. Carter scored 21 points. Ciarra Ford (Jr., Long Beach, Calif., Mt. Sac College) recorded her first career double-double as she scored 12 points and dished out a career high 10 assists. Brooklynn Hinkens (Fr., Lake Tapps, Wash., Auburn-Riverside HS) also charted 12 points.

Sowell led Seattle with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. Sylvia Shephard posted 17 with Kerfoot recording 13 points. Rhea had 12.

“I am really proud of our team,” said CSUB head coach Greg McCall. “They deserved this win. We were playing hard in the first half, but we weren’t playing smart. We made our adjustments and came out and played much better defense in the second half. We wanted to finish our season on top and give Kristine Herman a great senior sendoff.”